WINNING AN EPIC BATTLE
As Chris Berube, Chevy’s IndyCar project manager, says: “Look
at the top five finishers of each race and you’ll see it was a
close competition. So we’re very proud to have prevailed.”
A DOUBLE TITLE-WINNING RETURN
IZOD INDYCAR SERIES
(TOP TO BOTTOM) Ryan
Hunter-Reay left Sebring
confident; the input from F1 vet
Rubens Barrichello was useful;
Panther was a single-car
team that benefited from the
“Team Chevy” collaboration.
Winning a championship against an opponent as experienced and
successful in racing as Honda is a big deal – especially first year back.
Points system: In each race, the highest-placed manufacturer
scores 9 points, the second highest 6 and the third highest 4.
Penske drivers took
six of Chevy’s 11
wins, with Andretti
four and owner-
driver Ed Carpenter
bringing home No. 11.
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“I was confident we’d be strong
enough to fight for wins and poles,
but there are always unknowns…”
Drivers from three Chevy-powered teams appeared in the top 10,
KV’s Tony Kanaan joining five Penske and Andretti representatives.
RYAN HUNTER-REAY 468 pts (
SCOTT DIXON 435 (2)
(Target Chip Ganassi Racing/HONDA)
(Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports/
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE 358 (0)
HELIO CASTRONEVES 431 (2)
(Service Central Chip Ganassi
DARIO FRANCHITTI 363 (1)
(Target Chip Ganassi Racing/
SIMON PAGENAUD 387 (0)
GRAHAM RAHAL 333 (0)
TONY KANAAN 351 (0)
(KV Racing Technology/
RYAN BRISCOE 370 (1)
WILL POWER 465 ( 3)
OTHER RACE WINNERS 15th HONDA Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing) 278 (1);
18th CHEVY Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing) 261 (1).
Points system: Winner: 50 pts, then 40-35- 32-30, etc. Pole:1pt;
Most laps led: 2pts. Indy 500 qualifying earns bonus points.
relative to the Penskes. But in the final
pre-season open test, the Honda cars that
we really wanted to gauge ourselves
against weren’t there until later in the week.
The lap times showed that the Ganassi
cars, in particular, were really quick, but
Sebring picks up a lot of time from
rubber, so you couldn’t directly compare.
(Andretti Autosport, five IndyCar wins)
I was confident we’d be strong enough to
fight for wins and poles, but there are
always unknowns. Both Chevrolet and
Honda made improvements day by day.
We’d only done a handful of tests by the
first round, so you do worry. But each time
we were on track, it got more promising.
Three wins, three other
podium finishes and five poles
helped Power to a third
straight Mario Andretti Trophy.
ROAD COURSE CHAMPIONSHIP
Two wins and a fourth in five
races gave RHR the A.J. Foyt
Trophy. Power scored just 86
points on left-turn-only tracks.
ANDRETTI Because of IndyCar’s tight
control over performance, I thought they
were both pretty equal as testing ended.
(IndyCar vp of competition)
The initial targets for these engines were
550hp on superspeedways and 700 on
road and street courses. We weren’t going
to mandate maximum power output
otherwise competition goes away. But
we also didn’t want the power battles
to get out of hand.…
CHEVY 168 PTS (2 WINS)
CHEVY 300 (2)
CHEVY 148 (0)
HONDA 291 (2)
HONDA 144 (0)
CHEVY 288 (2)
CHEVY 143 (0)
HONDA 279 (0)
CHEVY 138 (0)
CHEVY 249 (1)
CHEVY 379 PTS ( 3 wins)
HONDA 134 (1)
Points system: Simple one, this: identical to the main points
system, but only tracks of respective type are counted!