Andretti Autosport switches to Chevrolet engines for 2012 IndyCar Series

Andretti Autosport has announced that it will use Chevrolet power when the IndyCar Series' new technical package comes in for 2012

Andretti Autosport switches to Chevrolet engines for 2012 IndyCar Series

Michael Andretti's team is the second high-profile signing for returnee Chevrolet, alongside Penske. KV Racing Technology has also been tipped for Chevrolet engines.

Honda was instrumental in the Andretti squad's initial move from Champ Car to what was then the Indy Racing League in 2003, and had powered predecessor squad Team Green in Champ Car since 1997.

But Andretti also had a long relationship with Chevrolet, having used its engines when he won the CART Indycar title in 1991.

"I am so excited to work with Chevy once again," said Andretti. "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."

Jim Campbell, Chevrolet's vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports, was also delighted to renew the firm's connection with the Andretti family, with Michael's father Mario having also used Chevy engines in the 1980s.

"Michael and his family have won many races for Chevrolet and we intend to continue winning with our new partnership," Campbell said.

"We are anxious to have Andretti Autosport begin testing the 2012 engine in the near future."

Andretti also thanked Honda for its support of his team in recent years.

"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."

Andretti Autosport currently runs four cars in the IndyCar Series for Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mike Conway and Danica Patrick, although the latter will leave for NASCAR at the end of 2011.

shares
comments
Townsend Bell becomes latest stand in for Justin Wilson at Dreyer & Reinbold

Previous article

Townsend Bell becomes latest stand in for Justin Wilson at Dreyer & Reinbold

Next article

Wheldon gets extra race at Kentucky

Wheldon gets extra race at Kentucky
Load comments
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Plus

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over Plus

Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over

OPINION: The 2021 IndyCar silly season has been one of the silliest for many years, as many talented drivers remain in play – with new pieces to the puzzle being added all the time. Here's what we know so far about who will end up where in 2022

IndyCar
Sep 15, 2021
Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears Plus

Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears

OPINION: The rise of two drivers racing only their second full-season IndyCar campaigns to head the points with four races to go has led to some observers doubting the credentials of the old guard. But they haven't faded away, there's merely a deeper talent pool that is helping to make this season one of the best in recent years

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021