Indy 500 Lineup: Chevrolet Will Dominate Historic Race

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IMay 25, 2012

Ryan Briscoe
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If you aren't driving a Chevrolet V-6 in the upcoming Indy 500, you aren't going to win. Chevy engines are going to leave competitors in the dust.

Sixteen cars will be running the Chevy V-6 direct injected twin turbo charged purpose built engine fueled by renewable E85. Those 16 cars include the top eight qualifiers and nine of the first 10—a remarkably impressive feat. 

The only non-Chevy engine in the Top 10 was a Honda—a humbling position for the once king of Indy engines.

This is a great statement for Chevy. This "bowtie" brand is the first engine from a Chevy power plant to appear at the Indy 500 in seven years, and a Chevy team has not won this race since 2002.

They are back with a vengeance. 

That winless streak is going to end. Not only is the engine the fastest out there, but they have a fantastic group of drivers attached to them. This includes the powerful Penske trio of Ryan Briscoe, Will Power and Helio Castroneves. 

Chevy is not going to be denied.

While this Chevy dominance hasn't happened at Indy for some time, these results are not all that shocking. 

There have been four races in this Indy season, and Chevy has powered the winning driver of all four. They have also been the force behind all five pole winners this season. 

This is a dawn of a new era for Indy, and all other manufactures are chasing Chevy. Hopefully they are used to playing that chasing game because they won't be able to surpass Chevy in this race. 


1. Ryan Briscoe

2. James Hinchcliffe

3. Ryan Hunter-Reay

4. Marco Andretti

5. Will Power

6. Helio Castroneves

7. Josef Newgarden

8. Tony Kanaan

9. E.J. Viso

10. Rubens Barichello

11. Alex Tagliani

12. Graham Rahal

13. Ana Beatriz

14. Charlie Kimball

15. Scott Dixon

16. Dario Franchitti

17. James Jakes

18. J.R. Hildebrand

19. Takuma Sato

20. Townsend Bell

21. Justin Wilson

22. Michel Jourdain

23. Simon Pagenaud

24. Sebastian Saavedra

25. Sebastien Bourdais

26. Wade Cunningham

27. Oriol Servia

28. Ed Carpenter

29. Mike Conway

30. Katherine Legge

31. Bryan Clauson

32. Simona De Silvestro

33. Jean Alesi


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