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2014 Detroit: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 29, 2014 - 12:58 PM
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2014 Detroit: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview


The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 teams head ‘home’ to Detroit for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, races six and seven of the 18-race 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and the first of three doubleheader events on this year’s schedule.

 

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Returning to the backyard of the world headquarters of Chevrolet for the third consecutive year, the Chevy IndyCar V6 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected powered teams and drivers face a unique challenge as they compete in a pair of races that both pay valuable championship points over the course of one weekend. The temporary street circuit named The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is an intricate 2.36-mile/13-turn temporary road course on the Detroit River Island. The teams and drivers will have to adapt to the changes and be prepared for the mental toughness it will take to focus on not one, but two races during the three-day event.

“This hometown event on Belle Isle in Detroit is always special for Team Chevy and our technical partners,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the Verizon IndyCar Series. “Racing in view of our corporate headquarters and in front of our families and friends adds a uniqueness to the events. The double header format gives fans the chance to witness more street course action that the Verizon IndyCar Series is known to provide. Numerous positive changes and learnings from prior year races on Belle Isle has Team Chevy ready to earn the top spot of the podium on Saturday and Sunday.”

In 2012 Chevrolet was an integral part of bringing IndyCar back to the Motor City for the first time since 2007. While every race on the schedule is important and demands dedicated attention to every detail, for the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers racing in the shadows of Chevrolet’s Detroit headquarters in the Renaissance Center towers just to the west of the track adds the element of hometown pride, and determination to stand atop the Victory Lane podium.

For several current Team Chevy IndyCar drivers, returning to The Raceway at Belle Isle Park Street Circuit has special meaning. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won his career-first race on the challenging course in 2000 and backed it up with another victory in 2001. Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan took the trip to Detroit Victory Lane in 2007. Kanaan’s teammate Scott Dixon was the winner in 2012 and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Mike Conway, the winner earlier this season at the Long Beach Grand Prix, won Dual No. 1 in 2013.

After its successful debut as the Indy 500 pace car, Chevrolet will again roll out the all-new 2014 Z/28 Camaro to take center stage as the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit pace car. All of the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers in the field for Saturday and Sunday’s races will follow the 2014 model of the iconic nameplate to the green flags.

For fans attending the races at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Team Chevy Display will be located in the heart of Belle Isle to give race fans the opportunity to closely inspect the newest vehicle offerings in the Chevrolet stable. The Team Chevy Racing Display will be open Friday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday’s hours will be 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Race number one of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans is set to start on Saturday, May 31st at 3:30 p.m. ET with live television coverage on ABC. Race number two is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1st with live television coverage on ABC. Each race will be 70 laps for 164.22 mile.

Live radio coverage will be on XM Radio Channel 209, and IMS Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 213. In addition, IndyCar live timing and scoring with the radio broadcast can be found at www.indy.car.com.

CHEVROLET INDYCAR V6 STATISTICS:
2013 IndyCar Manufacturer Champion
2013 Winner of the Indianapolis 500
2012 IndyCar Manufacturer Champion
2012 IndyCar Champion

2014 VICTORIES:
Streets of St. Petersburg – Will Power
Streets of Long Beach – Mike Conway

2014 POLES:
Barber Motorsports Park – Will Power
Grand Prix of Indianapolis – Sebastian Saavedra
Indy 500 – Ed Carpenter

2013 VICTORIES:
TOTAL: 10

2013 POLES:
TOTAL: 11

2012 VICTORIES:
TOTAL: 11

2012 POLES:
TOTAL: 10

TEAM CHEVY 2014 DRIVER POINT STANDINGS AFTER FIVE RACES:
2. Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet - 1 win
3. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet
7. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet
8. Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet
9. Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
11. Ryan Briscoe No. 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
16 Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
17. Sebastian Saavedra, No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet
19. Mike Conway, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet (street and road course only) - 1 win
21, Charlie Kimball, No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
27. Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet (oval tracks only)

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES MANUFACTURE STANDINGS AFTER FIVE RACES:
Chevrolet - 657 – 2 wins
Honda - 602 – 3 wins

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