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Chevy IndyCar At Long Beach: Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Looking For Win Number Two
Posted by: newsla on Apr 09, 2014 - 06:53 AM
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Chevy IndyCar At Long Beach: Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Looking For Win Number Two Of Season


Chevrolet kicked off the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a win and now turns its attention to the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary course on the Streets of Long Beach (California). This weekend’s event marks the third appearance for the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 twin-turbocharged direct-injected engine on the street circuit that has been hosting Indy car events since 1984.

 

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Will Power scored the first win for Team Chevy in 2014 at St. Petersburg and returns to Long Beach as a two-time winner of the event. It was Power who delivered the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine’s first Long Beach win in 2012.

A new aspect of the event will be a standing start. The field for Sunday’s 80-lap, 157.4-mile race will grid in the order determined by qualifying and a green light will signal the drivers to start the race. Something new for the Southern California fans who are used to the traditional rolling start with a green flag.

"It is always exciting to return to the Streets of Long Beach," said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, Verizon IndyCar Series. "Team Chevy struggled here last year which provided us the opportunity to focus on certain aspects of our performance integration and innovate solutions to them throughout the past season. With the application of these solutions, a newly revised Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine and the return of standing starts to this great race, this Verizon IndyCar Series event should be awesome."

Chevrolet has notched one pole and one win in the Grand Prix of Long Beach since its successful 2012 debut of the 2.2 liter purpose-built engine fueled by E85. And, several current Team Chevy drivers have enjoyed success on the tight street course. Helio 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, ’06 and ’07). Juan Pablo Montoya took home the winner’s trophy in 1999 and Mike Conway was the victor in 2011.

The Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy is scheduled to start Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET with live television coverage on NBC Sports Network and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 209 and www.indycar.com. Race timing and scoring can also be found on www.indycar.com.

CHEVROLET IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES - FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, POINTS LEADER:

"The No. 12 Verizon Chevy certainly has the speed to contend for wins all season long. It was an awesome feeling to win the first race of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Now I want to win the first two races of the season! Long Beach is a ton of fun - a tough street circuit and a great place to showcase our sport. I’ve been fortunate to win their twice in my career. A third win would be huge for us there with all the history and prestige that is part of Long Beach."

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 AAA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, 3RD IN THE STANDINGS:

"The Grand Prix of Long Beach is not just one of the premier races in the Verizon IndyCar Series, it’s one of the premier races in North America. I’ve been lucky enough to win it once. I really want to win one in the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet. That would be huge for me and for AAA. When you start the season off like we do - at St. Pete and Long Beach - there is a lot of excitement. The venues are great. The fans are tremendous. It really helps get the juices flowing."

SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI CHEVROLET, 4TH IN THE STANDINGS: "Long Beach is one of those iconic races you want to win. I had some success in Indy Lights back in the day, but I’ve yet to get a win here in the big cars. Before last season, the last time I really did standing starts in competition was 1998 in Formula Holden. I also did a couple in the V8 Supercar Series too. It should be a great show for the fans this year."

TONY KANAAN, NO. 10 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, 6TH IN STANDINGS: "I'm looking forward to this weekend in Long Beach to get Team Target a good result like the one we had to start the year off. Long Beach is a tough track, very physical, but also a very cool place to drive. The fan base there is awesome and the event is very well put together. I'm ready to get in the Target car and put on a good show for the So Cal fans."

RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 8 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, 10TH IN STANDINGS: "I’m really excited to be headed back to Long Beach this weekend, especially since I haven’t been there since I won the pole position in 2012. I think we had a really strong weekend at the season opener in St. Petersburg with a top-ten finish and we can only get better from here. The team has come together and I’m just ready to see what we can do in Long Beach."

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 17 KV AFS RACING CHEVROLET, 11TH IN STANDINGS: "I’m excited to go to one of the best races of the season, Long Beach. It’s a place that I’ve had great success at in the past and want to keep this up. It is also headquarters for my sponsor AFS (Automatic Fire Systems, Inc.), which makes it feel more like a home race to me. We go to Long Beach with some points from St. Petersburg and plenty of lessons learned too. We need to keep moving forward and I need to continue getting more mileage under my belt. I feel positive and am looking forward to a great weekend ahead in front of a big AFS crowd."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 11 TEAM MISTIC KVSH RACING CHEVROLET, 13TH IN STANDINGS: "Long Beach is a great event. It is, next to the Indy 500, the premier event on our schedule. The atmosphere at the race is always unbelievable and the circuit is a challenge. There are different corners and different surfaces that you have to contend with, so getting the right setup is crucial. Because it is a street circuit qualifying is extremely important. I had some success at Long Beach when I raced in Champ Cars. The last few years have been more difficult, but based on how good the KVSH Racing car was in St. Petersburg I am looking forward to debuting the Mistic machine this weekend in Long Beach."

MIKE CONWAY, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, 20TH IN STANDINGS: "I always get excited thinking about coming back to Long Beach for the Grand Prix. It’s a legendary event for many reasons. And I was able to win the race in 2011.That was a special day for me. I had just come back to racing after a tough rehab from my 2010 Indy 500 crash. It was a long road back and I was just getting back into racing form. But that victory, my first IndyCar Series, was a great way to tell everyone that I was back.And the history of the Long Beach race is great too. There are not many tracks we run that have 40 years of history, especially in street races. Maybe it’s in Monaco and then Long Beach. It’s had Formula One, CART and IndyCar plus sports cars and many different types of events."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, 15TH IN STANDINGS: "I think having a race in the books with the No. 2 Verizon Chevy team is going to make a huge difference. We just needed to unload off the truck a little better. That only comes with time and becoming familiar with the car and the team. I expect to see a big difference when we get to Long Beach. I do know the circuit - although it has changed a bit in 15 years - but I haven’t raced there in these cars, so there is still a bit of learning I need to do when I get there."

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 NOVO NORDISK CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET. 20TH IN STANDINGS: "The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is working hard to bounce back from a very educational first race at St. Petersburg and I know that the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car will be much quicker in Long Beach. I’m really excited to see the Chevy power through the streets of Long Beach and to see what we can do there as a team. It’s always exciting to go back to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as a competitor, because I spent so many years attending the race with my father as a spectator. It’s just a special feeling to be back in my home state of California and to be supported by so many of my friends and family. This race holds so much prestige and tradition and I’m just happy that I get to be a part of it."

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