he 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series was one of the most competitive in U.S. open-wheel racing history. Central to it was the return of engine competition and the enthralling, season-long fight between Chevrolet and its battle-hardened rival, Honda. When the final checkered flag waved, it was returnee Chevy holding the Manufacturers’ Championship trophy, with Chevrolet-powered Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrating his first Drivers’ Championship. Chevy had been attracted back by new rules which provided a platform to build race engines with genuine relevancy – direct-injection, turbocharged, 2.2-liter V6 T
WINNING AN EPIC BATTLE
units that would allow for a transfer of
technology and ideas between its race and
road car engineering groups. Partnering
with Ilmor Engineering, Chevy would
pitch its twin-turbo V6 against Honda’s
HPD-built, single-turbo unit.
A new racecar, the Dallara DW12, added
to the intrigue and expectation ahead of
the season. But with Team Penske and
Andretti Autosport among its team
partners, Chevy came out at a gallop,
winning first time out and adding 10 more
through a close-fought, 15-race season.
Here’s the story of Chevy’s epic return
from some of the key players involved.
Ryan Hunter-Reay (TOP)
drove to title glory after
some typically gritty
the American racer.