Just over a week until the running of the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet has released a history in pictures to help celebrate 100 years of shared history since Arthur Chevrolet got behind the wheel in the inaugural running of the great American race.
Just a few months later brother Louis and Buick racing team owner Billy Durant incorporated Chevrolet Motor Car Co. in Detroit. By 1915 Louis got out of the car building enterprise to focus on racing, competing at the 1915 Indianapolis race and again in 1919 with brother Gaston. A year later, Gaston took the checkered flag in his Monroe-Frontenac.
Since 1945 Chevrolet has been heavily involved in the Indy 500 race, competing from 1986-93 and 2002-05, winning 104 races and seven victories. And let’s not forget a history of pace cars, with a Chevrolet as the official pace car 21 times in the past. Making it 22 this year will be a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible, inspired by the ’69 Camaro pace car’s white exterior and orange stripes. And like in the past, Chevy will offer a limited edition version of that car for sale, with just 500 units being built.
But Chevy’s involvement in future Indy 500 races won’t be limited to just pace cars with the automaker announcing a new twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter V6 engine that will power Team Penske (among others) during next year’s racing season.