Helio Castroneves Captures Fourth Career Win


08 June 2013

Helio Castroneves Captures Fourth Career Win at Texas Motor Speedway to Lead All-Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Top-Five in Firestone 550

FT. WORTH (June 8, 2013) – Helio Castroneves made a statement tonight at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver took the lead on lap 97, and never looked back as he held the point for 132 laps on the way to capturing his first victory of the 2013 season and the 28th of his career.

Tonight’s win was the fourth trip to Texas Motor Speedway Victory Lane for Castroneves making him the all-time IndyCar winner at the 1.5-mile track. Starting from the sixth position on the 24-car grid for the 228-lap/324-mile race, Castroneves masterfully worked through traffic, and drove a flawless race called by his team owner, Roger Penske.

Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second behind the wheel of the No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, after leading for 35 laps on the way to his fourth podium finish of the season, including one win at Barber Motorsports Park. Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan brought the No. 11 Sunoco “Turbo” KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet, to the checkered flag in third to make it an all-Chevrolet podium.

In total, Team Chevy drivers of the 2.2 liter V6 twin turbo charged engine swept the top-five finishing positions with Ed Carpenter and Marco Andretti completing the top-five. And, eight of the top-10 finishers were powered by Chevrolet with Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and E.J. Viso finishing seventh, ninth and 10th respectively in the eighth race of the season.

“Team Chevy collectively bounced back from last weekend with a powerful win at the Texas Motor Speedway,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “Helio Castroneves and Team Penske executed a dominant strategy to take the win, followed by four other Team Chevy drivers; Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter and Marco Andretti. Congratulations to Helio, the new points leader, for managing his tires and his focus to lead the posse of Chevy Indy V6-powered Dallaras to the checkered flag. We are proud of our Chevrolet teams and technical partners, and shift our focus now to the race at Milwaukee next weekend.”

With the victory, Castroneves extended his points lead to 22 points over fellow Team Chevy driver Andretti. Hunter-Reay is third in the standings, and Kanaan jumped to fourth. Chevrolet continues to lead the IZOD IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship Standings.

Next on the schedule is the Milwaukee IndyFest at the famed Milwaukee Mile on Saturday, June 15th. The 250-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 4:00 p.m. ET.



Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Engine Powers Tony Kanaan to Career-First Indianapolis 500 Victory


26 May 2013

 INDIANAPOLIS (May 26, 2013) – Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology SH Racing Chevrolet, had been denied a trip to victory lane many times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), but as fate would have it this year, he was in the right place at the right time to capture his first Indianapolis 500 win. Kanaan, the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, started 12th and led 34 laps, but the key move came when he took the lead on a lap 197 restart, and was stretching his advantage over the field when the caution flew again on lap 198 of the 200-lap race. Kanaan, who was making his 201st career IndyCar start, took the checkered flag with the race under caution.

Kanaan’s first Indy 500 victory was also the first trip to the coveted Victory Lane for the Chevrolet V6 2.2 liter direct injected twin turbo charged purpose-built IndyCar engine. Today’s victory was the eighth time the Bowtie has gone to the Indianapolis 500 Winner’s Circle, but the first Indianapolis 500 win for Chevrolet since 2002.

“Congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the No. 11 Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team for winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Tony drove a great race, and the team executed flawlessly. Their total focus was on driving to the front of the field. Tony and the No. 11 team demonstrated tremendous teamwork, perseverance and a never-give-up-attitude all day.”

Rookie Carlos Munoz, No. 26 Unistraw Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, had an impressive run in his first Indianapolis 500 by finishing second in the event and leading five times for 12 laps. Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, was third at the checkered flag after leading 13 times for a total of 26 laps. Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, finished fourth to give Andretti Autosport a 2-3-4 finish in today’s race.

“In addition to Tony Kanaan’s Indianapolis 500 victory, congratulations to Andretti Autosport Chevrolet-powered drivers Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti on finishing second through fourth respectively at the Brickyard,” Campbell concluded.

The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 was one of the most crowd-pleasing races that featured astonishing on-track action with 68 lead changes among 14 drivers - over a third of the field. The race was slowed only five times by caution for a total of 21 laps run under the yellow flag.

“A proud congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the entire Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team for winning the 97th Indy 500!” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the IZOD IndyCar Series. “The win was hard fought through a record number of lead changes and clean, close racing. We are so proud of the tireless efforts put in by KV Racing and our technical partners to prepare for the race and executed it so well. On to Detroit where Team Chevy will carry the momentum of this great result to the Dual in Detroit on Belle Isle!”

Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet and rookie AJ Allmendinger, No. 2 IZOD Chevrolet, finished sixth and seventh respectively. Castroneves led one lap and just couldn’t crack the top-five in the waning laps for a shot at the win while Allmendinger overcame a loose seat belt which put him out of pit sequence to lead 3 times for 23 laps.

Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet led the 33-car field to the green flag of the Great American Race. Carpenter, a local Indiana hero, led a race-high 37 laps but got mired in traffic late in the race and the car was not as good around other cars as it was near the front. He would finish 10th to round out the top-ten.

The next race on the IZOD IndyCar Series circuit is the Dual in Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix weekend on June 1st and 2nd. ABC will broadcast the event live at 3:30 pm ET on Saturday, June 1st at and Sunday, June 2nd at 3:30 pm ET. (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640). In addition, radio broadcasts will take place on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com



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.



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