Chevrolet in Pursuit of Fourth Consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturers Crown
* Chevrolet V6 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, directed injected, fueled by E85 powered driver Scott Dixon is the defending winner at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
* Chevrolet drivers have won nine of the first 13 races this season
* Chevrolet leads Series Manufacturer Standings with 13 of 16 races completed
* Chevrolet-powered Juan Pablo Montoya leads driver point standings by 42 markers over second place heading to race 14 of the Verizon IndyCar Series
DETROIT (July 30, 2015) – It’s back to road course racing for the Chevrolet Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers this weekend as the series travels Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Indy 200, round 14 in the 16-race 2015 Series schedule. The 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural-terrain course offers a little of everything – elevation changes, speed corners, flowing corners, tight corners, a narrow racing groove and a challenging entry to pit lane.
“Mid-Ohio is definitely a big shift from what we’re typically used to atmosphere-wise, compared to a street circuit in a downtown situation,” said three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, “Last year for us, I messed up big time in qualifying and had to start last, coming from the back of the grid and ended up winning the race. I think the team has 10 wins now there so it’s quite a milestone and obviously a place that I really enjoy.”
The Chevrolet Aero Kit with fully integrated V6 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, direct injected engine fueled by E85 is ready for the ninth road/street car race of the season. After two short oval track events, it is a switch back to the road/street course aero kit. . The 2014 race at Mid-Ohio was a successful race for Chevrolet with Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Mistic KVSH Chevrolet finishing one-two.
“With three races left in the season, and the finale at the end of August being a double points event, the pressure is rising as the competition intensifies this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, Verizon IndyCar Program. “Team Chevy has rebounded from the Iowa race and has focused forward on preparing for the challenging and technical permanent road course in Lexington, OH; a favorite track for some. The race weekends at this circuit have typically involved some wet track conditions and certainly warm temperatures for the teams and drivers to adapt to. Firestone will have a new rain tire for everyone which could become a variable. With the competitiveness the Verizon IndyCar Series has been showing lately, this should be a great race for the fans.”
The Chip Ganassi Racing teams and rivers have another challenge heading into this weekend’s race. The next Chip Ganassi Racing driver to roll into Victory Lane in the Verizon IndyCar series will earn team owner Chip Ganassi his 100th Verizon IndyCar Series victory.
With eight of the top-10 drivers holding positions in the point standing; Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya leading the way, are looking for strong runs at Mid-Ohio to keep the point standings packed with Bowtie drivers. Although the schedule says three races remaining, with double points at Sonoma, every finish is critical.
The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is set to start on Sunday, August 2 at 2 p.m. ET with live television coverage on CNBC. Live radio coverage will be on XM Radio Channel 209, and IMS Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 212. In addition, IndyCar live timing and scoring with the radio broadcast can be found at www.indy.car.com.