Ryan Hunter-Reay Puts Chevrolet on the Pole in Brazil


04 May 2013

Defending IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Sets New Track Record

SÃO PAULO, Brazil – (May 4, 2013) – Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay proved to be the master of the 11-turn, 2.536-mile temporary circuit on the Streets of São Paulo at the conclusion of today’s Firestone Fast Six qualifying session. Behind the wheel of the No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, Hunter-Reay set a new track record with a lap of one minute 20. 4312 seconds at 113.508 m.p.h. to become the fastest qualifier for Sunday’s Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle. It is the second consecutive year that a driver powered by a Chevrolet V6 twin turbocharged engine will lead the IZOD IndyCar Series field to green flag in Brazil.

It is the second pole of the season for Hunter-Reay and his third 2013 front row starting position in four races. It is his first pole at São Paulo, but his third front-row starting position for the 75-lap, 190.2-mile race.

“I gave it everything I had and it's great to get the DHL Chevrolet up front again and on pole,” said Hunter-Reay. “That's three of the four races this year that we've been on the front row and twice on pole. I'm so happy for the guys and everything they've done for me.”

Making it an all-Andretti Autosport front row will be E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Andretti Autosport Chevrolet. The second quickest run is Viso’s best effort in three trips to the Streets of São Paulo.

“Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport on securing the pole for the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300, and setting a new track record in the process”, said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing IZOD IndyCar Series Program Manager. “Ryan continues to earn the right to carry the number 1 on his car and demonstrates the “Never Give Up” attitude that resonates with Chevrolet. Having seven Team Chevy drivers qualify in the top-10 for tomorrow's race is a clear demonstration of the ongoing commitment to top performance by our teams and technical partners, but it will require focus and solid execution to win in the highly competitive IZOD IndyCar Series. The very enthusiastic Brazilian fans are going to be treated to a tremendous race on Sunday.”

Other Chevrolet Qualifiers are: Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Itaipava KV Racing Technology SH Racing Chevrolet – 4th; James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet – 5th; Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet – 7th; Simona de Silvestro, No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet – 8th; Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet – 10th’; JR Hildebrand, No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet – 11th; Oriol Servia, No. 22 Valspar Panther Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Chevrolet – 13th; Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet – 14th; Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet – 18th; Sebastian Saavedra, No. 5 TrueCar Dragon Racing Chevrolet – 20th and Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet – 22nd.

Dario Franchitti (Honda) and Scott Dixon (Honda) were third and sixth respectively in the Firestone Fast Six.

As is always the case, the final starting grid will not be made official by the IZOD IndyCar Series until after the race day morning warm-up set for 7:00 a.m. ET on Sunday.

The Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle for the IZOD IndyCar Series will be held on Sunday, May 5 on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. The race will be televised live at 11 a.m. (ET) by the NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com



Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins at Barber Motorsports Park


07 April 2013

With Strong Run, Helio Castroneves Takes the Points Lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 7, 2013) – Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay started the No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet on the pole, and finished the day atop the Victory Lane podium celebrating his 10th career-win, and his first at Barber Motorsports Park.

Hunter-Reay was credited with leading a race-high three times for 53 of the 90 laps that comprised the Grand Prix of Alabama, race two of the 2013 season. The win moved Hunter-Reay to third in the overall championship standings.

“Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay on his hard-fought win today, and to Andretti Autosport on their second consecutive victory in 2013,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “Back-to-back wins and poles, is a tremendous way for the Chevrolet IndyCar twin turbo V6 program to start the season. As we suspected, the competition was fierce and the win required very high execution levels from the team and tremendous focus and concentration from Ryan in the cockpit. As we head to Long Beach, Team Chevy will be doing our part with the same tremendous focus and concentration to allow the Chevy IndyCar twin turbo V6 to put our Chevy Teams in a position to win again.”

With his third place finish, Helio Castroneves, No. 3 AAA Insurance Turbo Team Penske Chevrolet, jumped to the top of the point standings. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner started sixth and led once for a total of 25 laps during the race that saw only one caution flag for a total of four laps.

Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, finished fifth to give the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine three of the top-five finishing positions on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course.

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, was the point leader going into today’s event after his victory at St. Petersburg in the season-opening race, but sustained damage on lap one when several cars stacked-up in turn one. Unable to return to competition, he was credited with the 26th finishing position, and now sits fifth in the point standings.

Scott Dixon (Honda) finished second, and Charlie Kimball (Honda) was fourth to complete the top-five finishers.

Next on the IndyCar schedule will be the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 21, 2013. The race on the Streets of Long Beach be televised live beginning at 4:00 p.m. (ET) by the NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com. Race timing and scoring can also be found on www.indycar.com.



Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins the Pole at Barber Motorsports Park


06 April 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 6, 2013) – Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will start the No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet from the pole of tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Barber). With a lap of 1 minute, 07.0871 seconds at 123.422 miles per hour (m.p.h.), Hunter-Reay went to the top of the Firestone Fast Six leader board with less than a minute remaining in the 10-minute final session.

Today’s Verizon P1 Award is Hunter-Reay’s third-career pole, and his first at Barber as well as his first of the 2013 season.

Making it an all-Chevrolet IndyCar V6 front row is two-time Barber race winner, Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, who will start alongside Hunter-Reay for tomorrow’s 90-lap race on the challenging 2.38-mile, 17-turn, purpose-built road course.

“Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay and the entire No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport team on winning the pole for the Grand Prix of Alabama,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “As always with this exciting method of qualifying, it was tense down to the last seconds of the Firestone Fast Six, but Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power were focused and managed to deliver at the end to secure the top two spots. We are very proud to have Chevrolet IndyCar twin turbo V6 engines on the front row to lead the field to the green flag at Barber Motorsports Park for the second consecutive year.”

Helio Castroneves, No. 3 AAA Insurance Turbo Team Penske Chevrolet, will start sixth tomorrow giving Team Chevy three of the top-six starters in Round Two of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

The 90-lap Grand Prix of Alabama will be televised live at 3 p.m. (ET) by the NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com. Race timing and scoring can also be found on www.indycar.com.

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James Hinchcliffe Scores Career-First IZOD IndyCar Series Win


24 March 2013

James Hinchcliffe Scores Career-First IZOD IndyCar Series Win to Put Chevrolet V6 Power in Victory Lane

Team Chevy Drivers Capture Top-Four Finishing Positions and Six of Top-Seven

ST. PETERSBURG (Fla.) (March 24, 2013) – James Hinchcliffe made the right move at the right time to grab the lead on the final restart of the 110-lap race, and never looked back to score his career-first win in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Behind the wheel of the No. 27 GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, Hinchcliffe led a total of 26 laps on the 1.8-mile/14-turn temporary course on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

Today’s victory was the second consecutive for the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

“I was so happy to get it done and get Go Daddy its first win in IndyCar,” said Hinchcliffe. “Chevrolet back in Victory Circle, one, two, three on the podium, podium sweep. My teammate on the podium. It's just a heck of a day!”

“Congratulations to James Hinchcliffe and the entire Andretti Autosport GoDaddy.com team on their win today on the Streets of St. Petersburg,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We are proud to be part of James' first win with the Chevrolet IndyCar V6.”

Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, finished second to score his sixth top-five finish, including three victories, on the street course.

Marco Andretti, No. 27 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet rounded out the podium for Team Chevy.

Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology Chevrolet was fourth. Simona de Silvestro, No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet finished in the sixth position and E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Andretti Autosport Chevrolet was seventh at the checkered flag.

“Team Chevy’s Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Simona de Silvestro and E.J. Viso all drove terrific races today helping deliver six of the top-seven finishing positions with Chevrolet power,” Campbell concluded. “Preparing for the 2013 IndyCar season has been a team effort with all the Chevrolet teams. It is a long season, but this is a solid way to start.”

Race number two of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series 19-race season will be Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, April 7, 2013.



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