Sonoma, Calif – Chevrolet execs were awarded the manufacturers championship trophy this weekend at the Sonoma Raceway. While they were excited to win the title in besting Honda for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, they also couldn’t help but to look forward to the 2018 season.
Next year, there’s a new car coming out, one that will be the same for all INDYCAR competitors. That’s where engine power comes. If the cars are the same, the best engine will win.
Chevy, thinks their current model will translate over to more success for next season. After all, why change what’s not broken?
The engine rules for next year allow us to continue to do some minor enhancements to the current engine,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet’s director of motorsports competition. “But for the most part the engine stays as it is today. It’s a twin turbo V6 engine, which is relevant to Chevrolet on the racetrack and the showroom. We’re very excited about the platform. We’ll continue to work as hard as we can in the areas we can to maintain a competitive advantage.”
Where Chevy feels this engine is the premiere engine in the field, is that they only fielded 40-percent of the overall field this season and entering the season finale at Sonoma on Sunday, they’ve won nine races and 10 poles. As far as who will be with Chevy, Honda has already said that their teams and basically allotment of cars are pretty much locked in for 2018. They acknowledged that may have bit off more than they could chew with fielding 13 full-time teams.
But, Chevy said they have some room for growth and made mention of that on Saturday.
“I do think we’ll have more drivers and teams than we had last year,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s U.S. vice president of performance vehicle and motorsports. “The specifics yet are not finalized, so I can’t give you the exact number, again, the numbers of teams. We want the right team owners and partners that are willing to work as a team across Chevrolet, key partners to give each one of our drivers the best opportunity to win races and go for championships, drivers, as well as helping us put another manufacturers championship on the board next year.”
Campbell, noted that since they made a return to the series in 2012, they’ve won 66 races and would be proud to take a 67th win and championship home with them this weekend.
“We’ve been back in the series since 2012,” Campbell continued. “In that timeframe we’ve run 100 races. I’m really proud that the teams, drivers, all of our partners have put 66 wins on the board. Winning 66% of the time is exciting. Every win is hard earned. It’s no guarantee of future performance, but I’m really proud of what they have done.”