IRL: Phoenix: Chevy "Bowtie" bullets

Bowtie Bullet Points: Chevrolet Notes for the Purex/Dial Indy 200 * Chevy on a Roll Chevrolet shined last weekend in the Sunshine State as Corvette Racing won the GTS class in the 12 Hours of Sebring and Chevy Cavaliers dominated Pro Stock...

Bowtie Bullet Points: Chevrolet Notes for the Purex/Dial Indy 200

* Chevy on a Roll
Chevrolet shined last weekend in the Sunshine State as Corvette Racing won the GTS class in the 12 Hours of Sebring and Chevy Cavaliers dominated Pro Stock at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. A trio of Chevy drivers - Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Franck Freon - put the Corvette C5-R in the winner's circle in the opening round of the American Le Mans Series at the historic Sebring track. Kurt Johnson notched his 24th career NHRA Pro Stock victory in his new 2003 ACDelco Cavalier at Gainesville Raceway, defeating the Cavalier of reigning NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the final round.

* GM Perfect in Phoenix
GM engines have won every IRL race contested in Phoenix since the series introduced its naturally aspirated engine formula in 1997. Unheralded Jim Guthrie won at PIR in 1997, Scott Sharp won in 1998, Scott Goodyear in 1999, Buddy Lazier in 2000 and Sam Hornish Jr. in 2001 with IRL Aurora V8 engines. Helio Castroneves in 2002 with a Chevy Indy V8. Among previous winners, Hornish (Pennzoil Panther Racing) and Lazier (Hemelgarn Racing) are driving Chevrolet-powered Dallaras this weekend.

* Helio Sets Records
Helio Castroneves got Chevy's IRL program off to a fast start last year at Phoenix International Raceway. He put the new Chevy Indy V8 on the pole with a record-setting run at 179.88 mph and led 62 laps on the 1-mile oval. In 2001, Hornish won in his first appearance with Panther Racing, leading 140 of 200 laps.

* First in Phoenix
Mario Andretti scored Chevrolet's first open-wheel victory at PIR on April 10, 1988, with a Lola chassis powered by the first-generation Chevy Indy V8, a turbocharged 2.65-liter engine. Other Chevy open-wheel winners in Phoenix include Rick Mears (1989-90) Arie Luyendyk (1991) and Bobby Rahal (1992).

* The Long Run
Chevy has won a total of 100 Indy-style races to date. 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Jim Guthrie , Helio Castroneves , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Franck Freon , Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing , Corvette Racing