Team Chevy with three wins in four races using new Chevrolet Aero Kit
· First race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Chevy Aero Kit
· Chevrolet three-time and defending IndyCar Series Manufacturer Champion
· Chevy IndyCars powered by 2.2-liter, twin-turbo V6 engines with direct injection
· Team Penske’s Pagenaud the defending Grand Prix of Indianapolis race winner
DETROIT (May 6, 2015) – Each May, the eyes of open-wheel racing turn to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the most important month in IndyCar racing. It starts this weekend for Chevy V6 IndyCar teams with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday afternoon.
Team Chevy drivers have won three of the first four races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with the new Chevrolet Aero Kit – all on road courses. Juan Pablo Montoya from Team Penske started the season with a victory at St. Petersburg. Scott Dixon from Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Long Beach) and Josef Newgarden of CFH Racing (Barber Motorsports Park) won the most recent rounds in the championship.
A week after testing its speedway aero kit in public for the first time, Team Chevy IndyCars will revert back to the road course kits for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
“The addition of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the road course at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a great reflection of the diversity in circuits that make up the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Program Manager for the Verizon IndyCar Series. “No other series competes on road courses, street courses, ovals and short ovals throughout each season which makes the IndyCar drivers and teams a uniquely talented lot in the world of motorsports. Chevrolet is proud to be a part of, and partner to, the Verizon IndyCar Series and our Chevy teams. We are really looking forward to this weekend’s race on the ‘fastest road course’ in the series.”
The current championship standings reflect the strength of Team Chevy so far this season. Montoya leads his Penske teammate Helio Castroneves – who will make his 300th career IndyCar start at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis – followed by Dixon, Newgarden and defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power.
The 2.434-mile, 14-turn Indy road course incorporates portions of turns 1 and 2 along with the frontstraight of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The remainder of the circuit is within the infield, allowing for great spectator viewing.
Simon Pagenaud, in his first year with Team Penske and Chevrolet, won last year’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The Frenchman would like nothing more than to start the May festivities with a repeat victory and cap it with a win in the Indianapolis 500.
“It’s such a great feeling to go into the month of May as a member of Team Penske,” Pagenaud said. “Everyone knows the history that the team has at Indianapolis. I’m very excited to get to work with my new sponsors, DeVillbiss and Avaya for both the GP of Indy and the Indianapolis 500. The No. 22 Chevrolet team is ready to break out with a win and I would love to do that this weekend at the GP of Indy. My win in the inaugural race last year was definitely one of the highlights of my career. It’s a beautiful track, one that all the people at Indianapolis should be proud of. This race has just added another level of excitement to the month.”
The Chevy IndyCar Racing Tour display will be open at IMS starting at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, and 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. A number of Chevrolet production vehicles will be present including Cruze, Corvette Stingray, Impala, Traverse, Tahoe, Trax, Silverado and Colorado, the 2015 MotorTrend Truck of the Year. In addition, the display also will include the 2016 Equinox, a track-ready Camaro, SS Sedan and the Corvette Z06.
Fans also can meet and ask questions of their favorite Team Chevy IndyCar drivers Thursday and Friday at the Chevy display:
· 1:45 p.m. Thursday: Luca Filippi, Josef Newgarden, JR Hildebrand (CFH Racing)
· 2 p.m. Thursday: Sebastien Bourdais, Stefano Coletti (Team KV Racing)
· 10 a.m. Friday: Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
· 1:30 p.m. Saturday: Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Sebastian Saavedra (Team Chip Ganassi Racing)
Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 9 with live television coverage on ABC beginning at 3:30 p.m. Audio coverage also is available broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, plus Sirius and XM channels 209 and www.indycar.com. Race timing and scoring can also be found on www.indycar.com.
Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Year-By-Year Results
Year Events Wins Poles Notes
2012 15 11 10 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Ryan Hunter-Reay/Michael Andretti)
2013 19 10 11 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Indy 500 win (Tony Kanaan)
2014 18 12 13 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Will Power/Roger Penske)
2015 4 3 4 Win and pole at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Barber; pole at NOLA
56 36 38
2015 Verizon IndyCar Championship
1. Juan Pablo Montoya – 136
2. Helio Castroneves – 133
3. Scott Dixon – 123
4. Josef Newgarden – 119
5. Will Power – 112
7. Tony Kanaan – 110
9. Simon Pagenaud – 96
10. Sebastien Bourdais – 91
1. No. 2 Team Penske – 136
2. No. 3 Team Penske – 133
3. No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams – 123
4. No. 67 CFH Racing – 119
5. No. 1 Team Penske – 112
1. Honda – 350
2. Chevrolet – 216
Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis (all times ET)
· Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1: 11 a.m., Thursday, May 7
· Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2: 3 p.m., Thursday, May 7
· Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 3: 11 a.m., Friday, May 8
· Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying: 3 p.m., Friday, May 8
· Verizon IndyCar Series Warmup: 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 9
· Race: 3:45 p.m., Saturday, May 9
· TV/Radio: 3 p.m., Saturday, May 9 (ABC, Sirius 213/XM 209)
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