DETROIT (APRIL 3, 2013) – Following the success at the season-opening race on the Streets of St. Petersburg where James Hinchcliffe won his career-first race to pace four Team Chevy drivers in the top-five finishers, the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 teams and drivers are ready for round two of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season with this weekend’s Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Barber).
In early March, the Chevy teams tested for two days on the challenging 2.38-mile, 17-turn, purpose-built road course located just outside Birmingham, Ala., in preparation for Sunday’s 90-lap race; with Will Power, a two-time winner at Barber, setting the pace for both days. Cooler temperatures saw the lap times and speeds during the test fall below race records set over the course of three years of competition at Barber.
Racing on a variety of track configurations with different surfaces and changing climates, is one of the dynamics of IndyCar racing. This variety is what produces close racing and great competition; and challenges Chevrolet, the teams, and technical partners with the task of ensuring their preparation for each event perfectly suits the venue that is next on the schedule.
"We are looking forward to this weekend's race at Barber Motorsports Park,” Berube continued. “The two-day test in March showed the track has tremendous grip and was a good preview of the tight competition the race will bring on Sunday. To win an IndyCar race requires the best execution from everyone involved in fielding a car on track. Our Chevy teams and technical partners know this, and approach each race weekend with their singular focus on that race at that track."
Two drivers now under the Chevrolet V6-powered umbrella have mastered the three previous IZOD IndyCar Series events held at Barber. Castroneves was the winner in the series’ debut at the race track in 2010. His Team Penske teammate, Will Power, took the win in 2011 and 2012.
The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Direct Injected Twin Turbocharged Engine wins in IZOD IndyCar Series competition now stands at 12. In 2012, Chevrolet was awarded the Series’ Manufacturers’ Championship trophy; Ryan Hunter-Reay was crowned the Overall Champion as well as the Oval Track Champion and Will Power won the Road Course Championship. Chevrolet competed previously in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines which powered 105 victories; six driver champions, and scored seven Indianapolis 500 victories.