Chevrolet to return to IndyCar series in 2012

November 12, 2010

Chevrolet’s return to challenge Honda will be announced at a 10 a.m. Friday news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum.

Chevrolet, along with Toyota, last participated in the sport in 2005. Honda has been the exclusive engine supplier since.

The return of Chevrolet is part of IndyCar’s switch to a new chassis and engine configuration for the 2012 season. It’s possible a European manufacturer also will announce its intention to build a turbocharged engine of up to six cylinders with a maximum displacement of 2.4 liters.

With Chevrolet comes additional marketing strength. A racing series achieves the maximum promotional benefit when manufacturers compete with one another. Honda officials have been supportive of another manufacturer joining IndyCar.