Game, set, match.
Chevrolet took complete ownership of the month of May with a pair of poles spread across the Indy Grand Prix and Indy 500, and closed its visit to the Brickyard with two wins by Team Penske’s Will Power.
A bullish run in Indy 500 qualifying where seven of the Fast 9 positions were taken by Bowtie drivers was turned into an old-fashioned stomping as Chevy led 150 of 200 laps on the way to Power’s emotional first “500” victory.
“It was a great race. I don’t think we were sure we were going to be here with five [laps] to go,” GM Racing director Mark Kent (pictured in Victory lane with Power) told RACER. “Anything can happen, and it looked like it was going to. We had the power and the reliability and the fuel mileage to come home 1-2 for Chevrolet. It’s really a special place for us and means so much to win.”
Watching Honda win back-to-back Indy 500s fueled Chevy’s hardcore effort to reclaim the top spot at Indianapolis.
“Chevrolet races to win and we don’t like to lose, so right after last year’s race, we went right to work, left no stone unturned, and looked for performance and other efficiencies where we could find them,” Kent added. “Our entire team; Ilmor Engineering, GM Propulsion teams, Pratt & Miller, and our race teams, their hard work resulted in everything we achieved this month and they deserve it.”