Chevrolet To Power Patrick Racing and Al Unser Jr. in IRl PHOENIX, March 21, 2004 - Partnerships that produced a total of 26 open-wheel victories, two Indianapolis 500 titles and two national championships will be renewed when Chevrolet powers...
Chevrolet To Power Patrick Racing and Al Unser Jr. in IRl
PHOENIX, March 21, 2004 - Partnerships that produced a total of 26 open-wheel victories, two Indianapolis 500 titles and two national championships will be renewed when Chevrolet powers Patrick Racing and driver Al Unser Jr. in the IRL IndyCar Series. GM Racing IRL program manager Joe Negri announced today at Phoenix International Raceway that Patrick Racing will use Chevy Indy V-8 engines in 2004, starting with the team's IRL debut at the Indianapolis 500.
"GM Racing and Chevrolet are pleased to add a team owner and driver who are proven winners to Chevy's IRL lineup," said Negri. "Chevrolet and GM have enjoyed great success in the past with Pat Patrick and Al Unser Jr., and we look forward to an even more successful future with this championship-caliber combination."
Chevy Indy V-8 engines propelled Patrick Racing to 10 CART victories, the 1989 Indy 500 crown, and the 1989 Indy Car World Series championship with driver Emerson Fittipaldi. Al Unser Jr. won 14 CART races, the 1990 national championship and the 1992 Indianapolis 500 with turbocharged Chevy Indy V-8 powerplants. Unser also scored his first two career IRL victories with GM engines. The Patrick Racing team will use a new 3.0-liter version of the naturally aspirated Chevy Indy V-8 that will be introduced at the Indy 500 in May.
"Chevrolet and GM have longstanding relationships with both Pat Patrick and Al Unser Jr.," Negri noted. "Pat was the key figure in the creation of the American Racing Series with Buick V-6 engines, which later became the Indy Lights series. Al scored many of his most memorable victories with Chevy Indy V-8 engines. Chevrolet's IRL roster has definitely been strengthened with the addition of a team owner and driver who know how to win."
The addition of Patrick Racing expands Chevrolet's IRL roster to six cars. Other Chevrolet-powered IRL IndyCar Series teams include Panther Racing (drivers Tomas Scheckter and Mark Taylor), Red Bull Cheever Racing (drivers Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter) and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (driver Robbie Buhl). The Chevrolet name has been associated with IndyCar competition since company co-founder and namesake Louis Chevrolet competed in the early days of the Indy 500.