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Andretti Autosport and Chevrolet Confirm IndyCar Series Partnership

09.23.11 – Andretti Autosport™ and Chevrolet announced today that the famed auto manufacturer will provide the Andretti Autosport™ entries with its new Chevy IndyCar V-6 racing engine. The announcement marks the reunion of two of racing’s most famous brands for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.

Andretti Autosport™, led by team owner and CEO Michael Andretti, has recorded 39 victories in the IZOD IndyCar Series dating back to the team’s entry into IndyCar in 2003. In addition, Andretti Autosport™ has captured three driver championships and two Indianapolis 500 victories.

Chevrolet, a leader in motorsports for 100 years, has totaled 104 Indy car wins, including six series crowns and seven Indy 500 championships. The 2012 Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 will have an aluminum block and cylinder heads, direct injection and twin-turbochargers. The engine will also be a fully stressed chassis member supporting the gearbox and rear suspension.
The Andretti and Chevrolet brands were synonymous for many years in IndyCar racing with Michael and Mario collectively scoring the most wins (20) for Chevrolet from 1987 to 1991. In addition, Michael recorded the most Chevrolet wins in a season when he scored eight victories on the way to winning the 1991 CART/PPG IndyCar World Series championship. Mario earned Chevrolet’s first IndyCar victory at Long Beach, California, in 1987.

“I am so excited to work with Chevy once again,” said Andretti, the third winningest driver in IndyCar racing history. “We won 15 races and a championship with Chevy in just three years. The 1991 season was magical. Now, Andretti Autosport™ and our sponsors have the opportunity to win again with Chevrolet. This will prove to be a tremendous association. Chevrolet is committed to motorsports and they are proven winners.”

Andretti made a point of thanking Honda for its long affiliation with the team.

“All of us want to thank Honda for many good years together, including 39 wins, two wins at the Indy 500, and for working with us to return street racing back to IndyCar in St. Petersburg and then again in Toronto, said Andretti. “Honda is largely responsible for providing a platform for multiple manufacturer competition to return and we are grateful for their contributions to the sport we love.”

“We are very proud to announce that Andretti Autosport™ is now part of the Chevrolet family and that they will compete with Chevy’s new twin-turbo V-6 beginning in 2012,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s vice president of

Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Michael and his family have won many races for Chevrolet and we intend to continue winning with our new partnership. We are anxious to have Andretti Autosport™ begin testing the 2012 engine in the near future.”

Direct injection and turbo-charging are fundamental elements of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar engine package, and both are key technologies in several powerful and fuel-efficient Chevrolet production cars today. Chevrolet’s best-selling model, the new Cruze compact incorporates an Ecotec 1.4L turbo on LT, LTZ and Eco models. Its exhaust-driven turbocharger helps the engine perform like a larger engine when needed, but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder in most driving conditions. America’s favorite sports car, the Camaro is equipped with a 3.6L direct-injected V-6 as standard equipment, delivering an estimated 30 mpg on the highway on LS and LT models. These are just two examples of key Chevrolet products powered with advanced engine technology, offering fun to drive performance and outstanding fuel efficiency.

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14 Responses to “Andretti Autosport and Chevrolet Confirm IndyCar Series Partnership”

  1. Matt Baker says:

    Great news!! I’m really excited to see the Red Bow Tie back on an Andretti car. I’ve been an Andretti fan (all of them) since I was a kid in the 80′s and watched Mario and Michael flying around the Indianapolis Motorspeedway. I’m looking forward to see an an American powerplant pushing AA to victory lane this season. Go get ‘em in 2012, Michael.

  2. brent nowostawski says:

    P.S. when will the andretti autosport/team chevrolet merchandise be ready ? i’m keeping my eyes and ears wide open…..

    • Andretti Autosport says:

      Hi Brent–We’ll let you know as soon as merchandise is available. Most likely, it won’t be ready until after the 2011 season ends. Be sure to sign up for our fan alerts (at the top right of the page) to receive the latest news. Thanks for your support!

  3. brent nowostawski says:

    SWWWWEET !!! i’ve heard the rumor and i’m so excited for next year. to see the bowtie back with michael again is just tremendous news ! the next two years will be so interesting and exciting for irl. after that i think irl will be close to what the series was back in the heyday.
    i’m still reeling over the loss of danica. she would have been awesome on the ovals with chevrolet. i dont know who could replace her with her experience and talent , but we must move ahead. heard many comments wanting wheldon back. i’m afraid his tie to honda are too strong. i lost my tickets to indy 12 years ago due to divorce. top row between turns 1 & 2. i have gotten back on the yearly re-new list by ordering two tickets in advanced again. congratulations to chevrolet and to andretti autosport , two of the greatest companies in america !! i’m excited that this will be another successful marraige……best of luck to both !!!

  4. Joe Scalera says:

    Unbelievable. Great News for Andretti Autosport. What a great combination. Hopefully we will see AA in the championship battle once again. Congrats on all the wins this year. Its geat to see the team winning again. A true Andretti Fan from 1996

  5. Fred says:

    You have now solved half of the equation for victory. Now get Dan Wheldon signed and let’s run up front at Indy.

  6. Michael Sepsick says:

    Michael, Congratulations on your reunion w Chevrolet. Myself and all the supporters of AA are looking forward to seeing you guys in victory lane. Also, congratulations on your heart felt feelings that you and your family have for Honda. Good luck now and in the future. Loyal supporter of AA and Andretti Winery. Michael Sepsick

  7. Andretti fan says:

    Really hope it will put AA where it should be: UP FRONT!

  8. Easton - Paul says:

    Wish you could have hooked up with Ford.

  9. Chad says:

    Mistake. Honda is the better choice.

    • Andretti Autosport says:

      Hi Chad, thanks for the note. We had many great years with Honda, and we are very grateful for everything they have done for our team and the sport. We’re also excited to partner with Chevy and look forward to the 2012 season with them!
      Thanks again. Have a good weekend.

  10. Edward Buck says:

    I have been waiting for this news since last year.I think that it will put Andriette autosports out front.Great news !

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