Team Chevy in Pursuit of Win Number Two in 2015 with Chevrolet Aero Kit and Fully Integrated 2.2 Liter V6 Twin Turbo Charged Direct Injected Engine
* Chevrolet IndyCar V6 is defending race winner on the Streets of Long Beach (Mike Conway was victor) – the second temporary street circuit race of the season
– Will Power won for Chevrolet at Long Beach in 2012
* Current Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers with previous wins in Grand Prix of Long Beach:
– Sebastien Bourdais – Three (’05, ’06, ’07)
– Will Power – Two (’08, ’12)
– Helio Castroneves – One (2001)
– Juan Pablo Montoya – One (1999)
* The debut race for the Chevrolet Aero Kit with the fully integrated 2.2 liter V6 twin turbocharged direct injected Chevrolet engine on the Streets of St. Petersburg was won by Juan Pablo Montoya
– The Team Penske driver led five fellow Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers to the checkered flag in the season opening race
DETROIT (April 15, 2015) – The Grand Prix of Long Beach on the temporary street circuit constructed in downtown Long Beach, California is the third race on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Chevrolet enters the weekend as the defending winner on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course. Team Chevy opened the 2015 campaign with a victory on the Streets of St. Petersburg and looks to continue that success this weekend.
Juan Pablo Montoya scored the first win of the 2015 season for Team Chevy in the debut race of the Chevrolet Aero Kit at St. Petersburg and returns to Long Beach as a former winner of the event (1999). Montoya currently leads the Verizon IndyCar Series standings by 10 points over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves after the first three races.
“Team Chevy is eager to get to the streets of Long Beach this coming weekend and pick up where we left off at St. Pete,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the Verizon IndyCar Series. “Long Beach is always a special event on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and the fan base is enthusiastic and loyal. Street courses present unique challenges and for this circuit in particular the solid execution of the hairpin leading to the curved front straight is a critical element for a fast lap. With the introduction of the 2015 Chevrolet Aero Kit and integrated Chevrolet Indy V6 engine, the excitement for each venue on the schedule feels new again.”
Chevrolet has notched one pole and two wins in the Grand Prix of Long Beach since the Bowtie brand’s successful 2012 debut of the 2.2-liter purpose-built engine fueled by E85. Several current Team Chevy drivers have enjoyed success on the tight street course. In addition to Montoya, Castroneves was the Long Beach winner from the pole in 2001. Sebastien Bourdais put together a string of three consecutive wins at Long Beach (2005 – 07), and Will Power is a two-time winner (2008 & ’12) at the southern California track.
“Long Beach is one of the most iconic tracks we run on,” said Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. “There are a lot of different tracks that stand out for different reasons, and like Indianapolis, it’s got a lot of background with a 40-year history. I’ve raced there in Indy Lights and CART, and Formula One raced there back in the day. Some of the best racers in the world over many generations have won there and participated there. It’s just such a cool place; you’re right on the ocean there and close to L.A., so it’s got a great vibe. They have something for everybody. That’s one of the coolest parts about Long Beach, but I’ve never won there. I’ve really got to sort my act out at that place and hopefully get a victory there this weekend.”
CHEVROLET AERO KIT QUICK FACTS:
The Chevrolet road course aero configuration delivers more than 15 percent greater aerodynamic performance than the previous design, delivering an optimal balance of downforce and aerodynamic drag while integrating safety enhancements regulated by IndyCar.
Starting with computer-generated designs, small-scale and full-scale models in a rolling road wind tunnel, and evolving to track testing with prototype bodywork, the aero package was refined within the regulations stipulated by IndyCar – dimensions and specifications outlined in the rules for the various body components.
The road course configuration’s changes over the previous aero package are easily identified by their major components:
* The front wings feature new pedestal-mounted “front uppers” toward the outer edges
* New side pod panels feature heavily sculpted “wheel wedges” in front of the rear wheels
* The engine cover and side pods have a tighter, more “shrink-wrapped” shape that were achieved with a revised turbo and exhaust system layout
* Larger bumper pods that contribute to the aero package’s enhanced aerodynamic performance.
The Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. PT/4p.m. ET on Sunday, April 19 with live television coverage on NBC Sports Network and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, plus Sirius channel 213 and XM channel 209 and www.indycar.com. Live timing and scoring can also be found on www.indycar.com.
2015 Verizon IndyCar Championship
1. Juan Pablo Montoya – 84
2. Helio Castroneves – 74
3. Will Power – 70
4. James Hinchcliffe – 65
5. Tony Kanaan – 63
6. Simona de Silvestro – 44
7. Graham Rahal – 43
8. James Jakes – 43
9. Luca Filippi – 42
10. Simon Pagenaud – 41
1. No. 2 Team Penske – 84
2. No. 3 Team Penske – 74
3. No. 1 Team Penske – 70
4. No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – 65
5. No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing – 63
1. Honda – 187
2. Chevrolet – 8
GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH (all times PT unless noted)
* Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1: 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 17
* Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2: 3:45 p.m., Friday, April 17
* Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 3: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18
* Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying: 2:05 p.m., Saturday, April 18
* Qualifying TV/Radio: 5:00 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network, Sirius 213/XM209 and indycar.com live timing and scoring
* Verizon IndyCar Series Warmup: 10:00 a.m., Sunday, April 19
* Race: Green flag 3:37 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 19
* Race TV/Radio: 2:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 19(NBC Sports Network, Sirius 213/XM 209, indycar.com live timing and scoring)