Chevrolet and Honda extend contracts with IndyCar

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Chevrolet and Honda extend contracts with IndyCar
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Mar 10, 2017, 7:13 PM

IndyCar has revealed that both Chevrolet and Honda have signed multiyear contract extensions to supply engines for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Lisa Boggs, Mark Kent, Jay Frye, Art St. Cyr, Stefano Deponti
2018 IndyCar aerokit concept drawings
The car of Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet

Following on from similar commitments, announced in January, from Dallara and Firestone this announcement completes IndyCar’s set of contract renewals with its four main manufacturers.

"This is a unique moment in the recent history of the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Jay Frye, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations. "To have all of our major manufacturers locked in with us for the foreseeable future points to the fact that they all have bought into the vision for the series.

“It's another sign of the positive momentum we continue to build as we grow this sport into the next decade.

"We have worked hard to harness the power of the paddock so we are all pulling together, and this is evidence of that. The fact both Honda and Chevrolet are encouraging IndyCar to attract additional OEMs to compete is a sure sign that we are on the same page."

In a press conference at St Petersburg, both Chevrolet’s Mark Kent and Honda’s Art St. Cyr confirmed they would welcome the presence of a third engine manufacturer within IndyCar.

Kent said: “As we worked this multi-year plan, a lot of it has been about trying to get other manufacturers to join the series. It’s great competing against Honda, but it would be great to also compete against other competitors in the marketplace.”

St. Cyr added: “Same thing. Even when we were sole suppliers to IndyCar for six years, we were actively looking to get more competition, because we want to compete with other OEMs on the racetrack.”

IndyCar revealed initial renderings of the 2018 universal aerokit in January, the aim being to improve the Indy car’s aesthetics, enhance safety by removing aero parts from the top of the car and create higher quality racing by shifting downforce from bodywork to the underbody the car and create less drag off the back of the car.

IndyCar confirmed what Frye told Motorsport.com last month, that further details of the 2018 car will be revealed in the four week gap between IndyCar’s Round 1 (St Petersburg this weekend) and Round 2 (Long Beach). 

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