CHEVY TAKES THE CROWN DUEL
Chevrolet’s history of winning the biggest race in motorsport
goes back a quarter-century. Here are the previous winners…
CHEVy’s OTHER sEVEn
Rick’s third “500” win was Chevy’s first, with the Penske
ace heading a 1-2-3 sweep in qualifying and the race.
This Mears vs. Michael Andretti battle was one of Indy’s
greatest, and headed Chevrolet’s sweep of the top five.
Helio’s win over Paul Tracy was controversial – but whichever
way the court ruled, the victory was going to a Chevy driver!
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Another epic, as Little Al’s
Galmer-Chevrolet held off
Canadian rookie Scott
Goodyear by just 0.043sec.
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A brilliant restart at a crucial
moment sealed Fittipaldi’s
second win, this time in a
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Emmo’s Patrick Racing-run
Penske-Chevy survived a
late-race clash with the
Lola-Chevy of Al Unser Jr.
Another Chevy 1-2-3, Arie’s
first victory was the fastest
in “500” history until Tony
Kanaan’s win last May.
500 miles and held the top four places
when the checkered flag ended the fastest
“500” in history. The bigger surprise was
that it was KV Racing’s Tony Kanaan who
finally nailed that elusive Brickyard win.
“I was wrong,” said Kanaan the day after
the race. “I thought the crowd’s reaction
to me each year had given me an idea of
how it is to win. In 2010, I finished 11th,
but the fans behaved like I’d won. This year,
I did win, and they went crazy again, but
the feeling inside…it’s very, very different.”
In a race of 68 lead changes, where
restarts and racing instinct were vital, it
was obvious that Kanaan was going to be
in the mix, especially when he had run in
the top five for virtually the whole race.
“Every time someone got in the lead,
they couldn’t pull away because of the
aero package,” he recalls several months
later, “so it was obvious the race was going
down to the wire…and there was a high
chance of it finishing under caution
because everyone would be going for victory
and there’d probably be an error or crash
that would bring out the yellows again. So
it was vital to be P1 when that happened
and I said to the KV team on the radio,
‘Guys, this is going to be all or nothing…’”
He predicted accurately – there was a
final caution – and he timed his charge to
the front perfectly. He was P1 at the time.
While a lot of publicity was given to the
“People’s Champion” finally earning his
first Indy win, Berube believes Chevrolet’s
part in the story was recognized, too.
“Obviously, we’d have been thrilled for
any of our guys winning. But providing the
engine that powered Tony to his long-
deserved Indy win was extra special for us.”
“We definitely went into
the race knowing we had
a lot more of our ducks in
a row this year”