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2020 Indianapolis 500 (August): Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 23, 2020 - 01:56 PM
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2020 Indianapolis 500 (August): Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview


It’s here. After months of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the dogged determination of the NTT INDYCAR Series – the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – the Indianapolis 500 is here.

The traditional 33 car field is set for 200 laps/500 miles today, August 23, 2020 for the at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Just over half of the field for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, will be 17 Chevrolet powered cars fielded by seven organizations:

 

AJ Foyt Racing – Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Dalton Kellett
Arrow McLaren SP – Fernando Alonso, Pato O’Ward, Oliver Askew
Carlin – Max Chilton
DragonSpeed – Ben Hanley
Dryer and Reinbold – Sage Karem and JR Hildebrand
Ed Carpenter Racong -- Ed Carpenter, Rinus VeeKay, Conor Daly
Team Penske – Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power

Fans have multiple options for listening and watching all of the on-track activities on race day.

The Indianapolis race coverage begins live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. ET plus IndyCar radio network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.

BOWTIE BULLETS
With second row starting spot running fourth quickest time Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carenter Racing Team Chevy driver posted quickest time in history for a rookie
Cole for Conor: Race engineer Cole Pearn, who led Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing to the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship, has joined Ed Carpenter Racing to lead Conor Daly’s “500” program. The jump from stock cars to Indy cars is unusual but not without success. In 2015, Brian Campe helped Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya win the “500.”
Rick Mears is still with Team Penske as driver support and advisor, as well as Helio's spotter. If you ask Helio, he will tell you Rick as seven 500 wins because he was Helio's spotter for all three of his wins.
·Robert Wickens is the driver coach for Pato and Oliver at Arrow McLaren. Wickens was seriously injured two years ago and is confined to a wheel chair. He was an incredible driver and is a great influence and resource for the young drivers
Since returning to INDYCAR manufacturer competition in 2012, Chevrolet has amassed 84 wins and 98 poles in 141 races along with six Manufacturer Championships
Chevrolet has recorded six NTT IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championships since returning to manufacturer competition in 2012
Helio aims for No. 4: Helio Castroneves again will attempt to join one of the most exclusive clubs in global motorsports – four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500 – this year in a Team Penske car. Castroneves’ third win came in 2009, and his chances to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as four-time winners are dwindling at age 45 as he edges closer toward the end of his illustrious career. Can he get win No. 4?
TK’s Last Lap continues: 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will continue his final season of regular NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Aug. 23, driving for A.J. Foyt Racing. Can Kanaan punctuate his final campaign, consisting of all of the oval races on the schedule, with an emotional victory at age 45?
Safety revolution: This will be the first year in which the new Aeroscreen will be used in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The Aeroscreen, mandatory on all NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars starting this season, offers a revolutionary new level of driver protection and creates a sleek, jet fighter look to the open-wheel cars. The Aeroscreen’s IMS competition debut took place July 4 during the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS road course, but this will be the first time the safety device will be used in the Indy 500. The IMS oval debut of the Aeroscreen continues the Speedway’s legacy of automotive safety and technology development that started with the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
Fernando is back: Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso is back at IMS in a bid to become just the second driver to win the “Triple Crown” of motorsports – victories in the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indianapolis 500. Alonso, from Spain, will drive for Arrow McLaren SP while attempting to make his second start in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The motorsports world was shocked last season when Alonso was bumped from the starting field during the Last Row Shootout by driver Kyle Kaiser and upstart Juncos Racing. Can Alonso bounce back this year and make history by entering Victory Lane?
Chevrolet earned six consecutive CART Manufacturers’ Cup championships from 1988-93.
Chevrolet has recorded 12 driver championships, including four in the past five years.
Chevrolet has recorded 195 wins in Indy-style racing, including USAC, CART, Indy Racing League and IndyCar Series since 1965
Chevrolet’s initial win, under USAC sanction, was by Al Unser in the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb on July 4, 1965
Chevrolet has 84 wins and 98 poles in 141 in IndyCar Series races since returning to manufacturer competition in 2012.

CHEVROLET INDY 500 STATS

Chevrolet has a storied history with Indianapolis Motor Speedway as an engine manufacturer, provider of the pace car, entrant and even drivers.

Chevrolet was co-founded in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet, the year of the inaugural 500-Mile Race. He competed in the ‘500’ four times, with a best finish of seventh in 1919. His brother, Arthur, competed in the 1911 and 1916 races and his other brother, Gaston, won in 1920 and finished 10th in 1919.

Louis Chevrolet was also the owner of the 1921-winning car driven by Tommy Milton.

The Louis Chevrolet Memorial is located just west of the entrance to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Inscribed on the pedestal that holds a bust of Louis Chevrolet is his motto “Never Give Up.”

Chevrolet Wins (11)
1988 Rick Mears
1989 Emerson Fittipaldi
1990 Arie Luyendyk
1991 Rick Mears
1992 Al Unser, Jr.
1993 Emerson Fittipaldi
2002 Helio Castroneves
2013 Tony Kanaan
2015 Juan Pablo Montoya
2018 Will Power
2019 Simon Pagenaud

Wins by other General Motors brands (5 – Oldsmobile)

1997 Arie Luyendyk
1998 Eddie Cheever
1999 Kenny Brack
2000 Juan Pablo Montoya
2001 Helio Castroneves

Indianapolis 500 winners with a Chevrolet entry this year

Helio Castroneves (2000, ’01, 09) – No. 3 Team Penske
Will Power (2018) – No. 12 Team Penske
Tony Kanaan (2013) – No. 14 Foyt Racing
Simon Pagenaud (2019) – No. 22 Team Penske

Winning team owners with Chevrolet entries this year

Roger Penske (18 – first in 1972, last in 2019)
A.J. Foyt (3 – driver-owner in 1967, ’77; owner in 1999)

Chevrolet Indianapolis 500 front-row starters since 2012

2019: First – Simon Pagenaud. Second – Ed Carpenter. Third – Spencer Pigot
2018: First – Ed Carpenter. Second – Simon Pagenaud. Third – Will Power
2017: Second – Ed Carpenter
2016: Second – Josef Newgarden
2015: First – Scott Dixon. Second – Will Power. Third – Simon Pagenaud
2014: First -- Ed Carpenter. Third – Will Power
2013: First – Ed Carpenter. Second – Carlos Munoz. Third – Marco Andretti
2012: First – Ryan Briscoe. Second – James Hinchcliffe. Third – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Of note: Pagenaud was the first Chevrolet driver to win the Indy 500 from the pole since Rick Mears in 1991. Mears also won from the pole in 1988 in his Team Penske Chevrolet.
NTS

2020 CHEVROLET INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRANTS

NO. 1 JOSEF NEWGARDEN SHELL V-POWER TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET
NO. 3 HELIO CASTRONEVES PENNZOIL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET
NO. 4 CHARLIE KIMBALL TRESIBA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVRLET
NO. 5 PATO O’WARD ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET
NO. 7 OLIVER ASKEW ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET
NO. 12 WILL POWER VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET
NO. 14 TONY KANAAN ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET
NO. 20 ED CARPENTER U.S. SPACE FORCE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET
NO. 21 RINUS VEEKAY SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET
NO. 22 SIMON PAGENAUD MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET
NO. 24 SAGE KARAM WIX FILTERS DRYER REINBOLD RACING CHEVROLET
NO.41 DALTON KELLETT K-LINE USA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET
NO. 47 CONOR DALY U.S. AIR FORCE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEEVROLET
NO. 59 MAX CHILTON GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET
NO. 66 FERNANDO ALONSO RUOFF ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET
NO. 67 JR HILDEBRAND SALESFORCE DRYER REINBOLD RACING CHEVROLET
NO. 81 BEN HANLEY DRAGON SPEED USA CHEVROLET

CHEVROLET NTT INDYCAR SERIES WINS BY YEAR:
Following Iowa 2,2020

Total Chevrolet Indy car victories – 195

*Chevrolet 2.2-liter V6 turbocharged direct-injected engine supplier -- 84: In 141 NTT INDYCAR SERIES since 2012
*Chevrolet V8 engine supplier -- 104: In CART (1987-1993) and Indy Racing League (2002-05)
*Miscellaneous victories credited to Chevrolet -- 7: USAC and CART (1965-81)

CHEVROLET V6 TWIN TURBOCHARGED DIRECT INJECTED 2.2-LITER ENGINE SUPPLIER IN INDYCAR:
2012 – 11 wins
*First win as IndyCar V6 2.2 liter engine supplier (3/25/2012) – Helio Castroneves, Streets of St. Petersburg
*First Chevrolet IndyCar V6 IZOD IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
*First Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Driver Championship – Ryan Hunter-Reay (also won Oval Track Championship)
*First Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Road Course Championship – Will Power
2013 – 10 wins
*First Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Indianapolis 500 win – Tony Kanaan
*Second Consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
*Repeat IZOD IndyCar Series Road Course Championship – Will Power
2014 – 12 wins
*Second Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Championship – Will Power
*Third Consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
2015 – 10 wins
*Third Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Championship – Scott Dixon
*Fourth Consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
*Second Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Indianapolis 500 win – Juan Pablo Montoya
2016 – 14 wins
*Fourth Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Championship -- Simon Pagenaud
*Fifth Consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
2017 – 10 wins
*Fifth Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Championship – Josef Newgarden
*Sixth Consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
2018 – 6 wins
*Third Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Indianapolis 500 win – Will Power
2019 – 9 wins
*Fourth Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Indianapolis 500 win – Simon Pagenaud
*Sixth NTT IndyCar Series Driver Championship – Josef Newgarden
2020 – 2 wins
* Simon Pagenaud (Iowa1), Josef Newgarden (Iowa2)

TOTAL V6 WINS: 84

CHEVROLET V8 ENGINE SUPPLIER IN CART:
1987 -- 5 wins
*First win as V8 engine supplier (4/5/1987) -- Mario Andretti, Long Beach Grand Prix
1988 -- 14 wins
*Indianapolis 500 was USAC sanctioned, but counted toward CART title – won 14 of 15 races on schedule)
*First Chevrolet Indianapolis 500 win (5/29/1988) -- Rick Mears
*First Chevrolet Driver Championship – Danny Sullivan
1989 -- 13 wins
*Won 13 of 15 races on schedule, including Indianapolis 500 win by Emerson Fittipaldi. Sanctioned by USAC but counted toward CART title
1990 – 16 wins
*Won every race on schedule, including Indianapolis 500 win by Arie Luyendyk. Sanctioned by USAC but counted toward CART title
1991 – 17 wins
*Won every race on schedule, including Indianapolis 500 win by Rick Mears. Sanctioned by USAC but counted toward CART title
1992 – 11 wins
*Won 11 of 16 races on schedule, including Indianapolis 500 win by Al Unser Jr. Sanctioned by USAC by counted toward CART title
1993 -- 10 wins
*Won 10 of 16 races on schedule, including Indianapolis 500 win by Emerson Fittipaldi. Sanctioned by USAC but counted toward CART title

CHEVROLET V8 ENGINE SUPPLIER IN INDY RACING LEAGUE:
2002 – 14 wins
*Won 14 of 15 races on schedule, including Indianapolis 500 win by Helio Castroneves
2003 – 3 wins
2005 -- 1 win

TOTAL V8 WINS: 104

MISC. VICTORIES CREDITED TO CHEVROLET:
7/4/1965 - Al Unser - USAC - Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb (counted toward overall championship)
7/4/1966 - Bobby Unser - USAC - Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb (counted toward overall championship)
6/25/1967 - Wes Vandervoot - USAC - Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb (counted toward overall championship)
6/30/1968 - Bobby Under - USAC - Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb (counted toward overall championship)
3/30/1969 - George Follmer - USAC - Phoenix International Raceway (counted toward overall championship)
6/29/1969 - Mario Andretti - USAC - Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb (counted toward overall championship)
6/7/1981 - Mike Mosely - CART - Milwaukee Mile (listed as Dan Gurney-owned Eagle chassis with the help of builders Stump Davis and Jerry McGarrity that developed a pushrod Chevrolet stock block engine)

TOTAL MISC WINS: 7


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