The first Indy 500 victory for Ilmor and Chevrolet’s 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V6 came in 2013 when Tony Kanaan won the annual event under a yellow flag, and with Scott Dixon on pole this year, the automaker stands a good chance of racking up another.
As Motorsport points out, Dixon put his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet on pole with four-lap average of 226.760 mph. Chevy lost to Ryan Hunter-Reay and his Honda in the 500 last year, however Dixon’s result this year marks the fourth consecutive a Chevy has qualified on pole.
Chevy stands a better chance of winning the 500 this year than perhaps any other since it re-entered the series. Team Chevy drivers have won four of the first five rounds of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, with Honda’s only victory coming in the rain soaked Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA. Strengthening their resume is the fact that Team Chevy’s Will Power won the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indy road course just two weeks ago.
Program manager for Chevy’s IndyCar ventures, Chris Berube, expressed his confidence in the Chevy customer teams competing this weekend, and most importantly, gave his bets wishes to James Hinchcliffe, who is currently recovering from a horrific crash earlier this week.
“Our Chevrolet teams and technical partners showed great adaptability during the abbreviated qualifying process to win the pole, as well as fill the entire front row,” Berube said. “Adaptability is a key ingredient to a win at the Indy 500 this Sunday. Our warmest get-well wishes go out to James Hinchcliffe as he recovers from Monday’s accident during practice.”