• Nov 8th 2010 at 10:29AM
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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.

[Source: Autoextremist]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be an undeserved blessing for the IRL, IMHO. I was disappointed when they rejected an opportunity to lead the industry down the "global racing engine" path, a move which would have thrown the doors wide open for manufacturer involvement. For some unknown reason Honda demaneded turbo V-6 configuration depsite the fact that they don't have a turbo V-6 in any production vehicle. In a risk-aversion manuever, IndyCar shaped their new engine formula to please them. I get that Honda has "carried" the series the last few years, but those haven't exactly been propersous times. I think they're pretty lucky that GM is considering jumping on board given the fact that there is zero cost-sharing possible with other racing programs with the proprietery engine formula.
      • 4 Years Ago
      New Chevy Racing tag line: Chevy Runs Hard
      • 4 Years Ago
      Until the IRL/Champ series' combine and change their dates up so that they AREN'T racing on the same days as NASCAR...they have no chance :( Saturday nights?
        • 4 Years Ago
        IRL and Champ Car have been combined for quite a while now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They combined three years ago... wow, this is seriously uninformed even for an AB comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope GM joins. Indycar really needs more manufacturer participation right now. Plus once one American automaker makes a move it seems the other 2 always seem to follow in some way, so heres to hoping that Ford jumps in as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think Ford still has a bad taste in their mouth from the whole Champ Car situation so I don't see them jumping back into open wheelers any time soon... But kudos to GM! Seems like Randy is doing a great job getting the series at least in the headlines lately... I see a, dare I say, bright future for IICS.
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