Organizers are serious about taking the IndyCar Series back to the top where it belongs – reuniting the field and commissioning a new adaptable chassis – but there's only so far they can go on their own. To make the premier American open-wheel series the battleground it once was, they're going to need new engine suppliers participating. And though Honda is no longer the exclusive power-purveyor by contract, nobody else seems to be biting, leaving the status quo to carry on through Honda's engine program.
Emerging reports, however, may indicate that General Motors is preparing to make a big comeback in IndyCar racing with a factory-supported engine program of its own. The initiative would have GM Racing developing a twin-turbo V6 according to IndyCar specifications and wearing Chevrolet branding. Further rumors suggest that the program could be spearheaded by Chip Ganassi Racing to partner with Chevy in both NASCAR and Indy, possibly giving Ganassi an exclusive head-start on bow-tie power for 2012 before other teams are brought on board for subsequent seasons.
The IndyCar program could be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for GM Racing, though, as reports go on to indicate a variety of motorsport programs in the works. Grand-Am could be one, with Chevy powering several Daytona Prototype teams while supporting a field of race-prepped Camaros in the GT class as well. Further support in NHRA Pro Stock drag-racing could also be in the mix, along with a pair of Cadillac CTS-V Coupes in the 2011 World Challenge GT series.
Our own sources inside the General confirm the imminent IndyCar and World Challenge programs, but could not speculate on the potential tie-in with Chip Ganassi in either Indy or NASCAR.