Bowtie Bullet Points: Chevy Notes for the Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Fla. Round 1 of 16, Indy Racing League IndyCar Series * Chevy Shines in Sunshine State Chevrolet dominated the recently completed Daytona Speedweeks ...
Bowtie Bullet Points: Chevy Notes for the Indy 300
Round 1 of 16, Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
* Chevy Shines in Sunshine State
Chevrolet dominated the recently completed Daytona Speedweeks with new 2003 Monte Carlo race cars, winning the Daytona 500 (Michael Waltrip), the Koolerz 300 NASCAR Busch Series race (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), both 125-mile qualifying races (Robby Gordon and Earnhardt Jr.) and the Budweiser Shootout (Earnhardt Jr.). The 2003 Monte Carlo race car was created by GM Racing, which also is responsible for the design and development of the 2003 Chevy Indy V8 racing engine.
* GM Perfect in Florida
GM engines have won every IRL race contested in Florida since the series introduced its naturally aspirated engine formula in 1997. Eddie Cheever won at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., in January 1997 and January 1999. Tony Stewart, the reigning NASCAR Winston Cup champion, won in Orlando with GM power in 1998, and Robbie Buhl won at Walt Disney World in January 2000. Sam Hornish Jr. swept both IRL races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning on the 1.5-mile oval in April 2001 and March 2002. The four winning teams in the IRL's Florida events - Cheever Racing, Team Menard, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Panther Racing - are all using Chevrolet power in 2003.
* Sam's the Man
Sam Hornish Jr. got Chevy's IRL program off to a fast start last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He put the new Chevy Indy V8 on the pole with a record-setting run at 202.884 mph and led all 200 laps on the 1.5-mile oval. In 2001, Hornish led 142 of 200 laps and ran the fastest lap of the race with an Oldsmobile IRL Aurora V8.
* First in Florida
Al Unser Jr. scored Chevrolet's first open-wheel victory in Florida on Nov. 6, 1988. Unser won the season-ending round of the PPG Indy Car World Series in Miami with a March chassis powered by the first-generation Chevy Indy V8, a turbocharged 2.65-liter engine. Little Al averaged 101.471 mph.
* The Long Run
Chevy has won a total of 100 Indy-style races at the start of the 2003 season. The first-generation 2.65-liter turbocharged Chevy Indy V8 won 86 times and claimed 80 poles in the PPG Indy Car World Series in 1987-93. Chevy returned to open-wheel racing in 2002 with the 3.5-liter naturally aspirated Chevy Indy V8 that won 14 out of 15 races and nine poles in IRL competition.