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    GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    Report: Chevy returning to IndyCar in 2012?
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    By Noah Joseph
    November 8, 2010


    Emerging reports, however, may indicate that General Motors is preparing to make a big comeback in IndyCar racing with a factory-supported engine program of its own. The initiative would have GM Racing developing a twin-turbo V6 according to IndyCar specifications and wearing Chevrolet branding. Further rumors suggest that the program could be spearheaded by Chip Ganassi Racing to partner with Chevy in both NASCAR and Indy, possibly giving Ganassi an exclusive head-start on bow-tie power for 2012 before other teams are brought on board for subsequent seasons.

    The IndyCar program could be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for GM Racing, though, as reports go on to indicate a variety of motorsport programs in the works. Grand-Am could be one, with Chevy powering several Daytona Prototype teams while supporting a field of race-prepped Camaros in the GT class as well. Further support in NHRA Pro Stock drag-racing could also be in the mix, along with a pair of Cadillac CTS-V Coupes in the 2011 World Challenge GT series.
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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    Maybe that'll give Honda a run for the money...

    Seriously though, I haven't watched an IndyCar race since way before the split.
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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    Indy racing has been dying for years. I suspect the league would be throwing out tons of cash to get more sponsors / manufacturers etc into the series. Chevy is likely getting a sweet deal here.

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    I lost interest in indy when I noticed its all godaddy hondas.

    Cadillac should either do Le-mans prototype racing or F1 racing. Nothing else is worth their time in terms of adding value to the brand. They could also Join DTM.
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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    It'll be nice to see a couple bow-ties make it to the winner's circle in Indy... and, not to mention being led by the Indy Pace Cars (usually Corvette or Camaros)...

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    The single engine and chassis is not very interesting. Nascar's COT isn't very exciting either.

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    I've always loved Indy/CART racing.

    It would be interesting to see a second or third engine manufacturer involved in the racing so long as one manufacturer doesn't throw a big budget at development and dominate the league.

    I like the current aspect of the racing league where it is heavily focused on the drivers skill.
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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    But it would be a good test bed for experimental twin-turbo v6 setups...
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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    interesting to Chevy return - but as with NASCAR, until IRL goes back to the days of bring your best and brightest (with a few common groundrules), the sport will not be going anywhere.

    For the 500 - it was all about innovation and experimentation. The best idea (not necessarily the most money) would win.

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    I hope they can apply what they learn to actual products. Otherwise, it's a waste IMO.

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by skylark68 View Post
    Maybe that'll give Honda a run for the money...

    Seriously though, I haven't watched an IndyCar race since way before the split.
    Good point, besides Chevy I think Ford should return as well.

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    I disagree with all the negative comments regarding Indy Car Racing. The IRL has come a long way since 1996 and it's REAL racing in my opinion. There's no wave around, lucky dog or green white checkered in the IRL, it's true racing. There may be some races which are blow outs and some which are very close (the majority). The addition of GM engines is exactly what the series needs as long as Honda stays in after they have some competition. I'd like to see Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya come back to the series. Maybe Jacques Villaneuve could find a home there to.

    NHRA needs to address their present Pro Stock category, the present cars have strayed too far away from the true Pro Stock/Super Stock classes. I'd like to see Ford Chevy and Chrysler put stock bodied cars back into Pro Stock instead of the extended wheel base machines they have now. They've become too much like NASCAR lookalikes. The road racing initiatives mentioned in this article are spot on. Stock bodied Camaros and CTS-V's are the way to go for maximum exposure.

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat_cool17 View Post
    But it would be a good test bed for experimental twin-turbo v6 setups...
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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by usa1 View Post
    I hope they can apply what they learn to actual products. Otherwise, it's a waste IMO.
    I would love to see Chevy come back--just as long as they're on an even playing field. And they plan on staying a while.

    I'm not sure there's a whole lot manufacturers can learn from something like the IndyCar Series. If we get a better mix of sporty cars from that marketing expense I would see that as a win. I'm not sure if GM has thought that far ahead, though. Honda sure didn't. What a horrible fit they are for the IRL.

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    Re: GM/Chevrolet Racing to Return to IndyCar Series in 2012?

    I hate to rain on everyones parade but this is a classic example of checkbook racing. Chevrolet will have no more involvement than to write a check to Ilmoor Engineering who will handle the design, manufacture and servicing of the "Chevrolet" Indycar engine and to entertain guests at the races. Ilmoor reportedly has the engine already developed and was looking for a manufacturer to peddle it to. Not unlike deals that they and Cosworth have done in the past with Olds, Chevy, Mercedes and Ford. The title of this should be Chevrolet Name to return to IndyCar Series
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