After winning 10 of the first 16 races in the 2014 season, Chevrolet has captured their third consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series manufacturer’s championship.
Contributing to the title with race wins are: Team Penske’s trio of IndyCar points leader Will Power (St. Petersburg, Detroit Race 1, Milwaukee), Helio Castroneves (Detroit Race 2), and Juan Pablo Montoya (Pocono); Ed Carpenter Racing’s Mike Conway (Long Beach, Toronto Race 2) and Ed Carpenter (Texas); KV Racing Technology’s Sebastien Bourdais (Toronto Race 1); and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon (Mid-Ohio).
Chevrolet Racing director Mark Kent said the following in a statement released today:
“Winning the 2014 IndyCar Series manufacturers’ championship with the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 twin turbo-charged direct-injected engine is the result of a collaborative and cooperative effort by our teams and technical partners. Chevrolet, Ilmor Engineering, Hitachi, GM Racing Powertrains, Pratt & Miller Engineering and all of our Chevy teams worked tirelessly on creating the combination of performance, reliability and efficiency required to win this title. Congratulations to everyone whose contributions have made this third consecutive championship possible.”
Last year, Chevy won the manufacturer’s title and the Indianapolis 500 with Tony Kanaan, but Honda got the driver’s championship with Dixon. Over the off-season, however, Dixon and the entire CGR outfit jumped to Chevy, which gave the Bowtie two of IndyCar’s “Big 3” teams.
The third member of that group, Andretti Autosport, made their own switch from Chevy to Honda. Andretti has since pitched in three wins for Honda this year (all by Ryan Hunter-Reay), while Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has posted two wins and rookie Carlos Huertas of Dale Coyne Racing has his upset from Houston Race 1.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.