Chevrolet Back in IndyCar in 2012
Of course, nobody wants to talk about such a possibility, but rumors about General Motors pushing Chevrolet back in the IndyCar series are becoming more of a common thing these days. According to Autonews, an official confirmation might be released as soon as November 12, so we're only days away to find out whether the American car giant is indeed planning to return as an engine supplier in open wheel racing.
Voices familiar with the matter are hinting that Chevrolet might join forces with Cosworth, meaning that it could step back in IndyCar right with their last partner in the series, the same that backed the team in 2005 when GM decided it was the time to save some money. Although Cosworth is currently focusing on its F1 operations, it appears that the company is also interested in expanding its IndyCar business, so this might be a pretty good moment to do it.
In addition, organizers are also pondering several modifications for the IndyCar series, including several limitations for turbocharged engines to 2.4-liter and six cylinders. In this context, series CEO Randy Bernard had several meetings with engine suppliers, including General Motors.
However, Bernard said he has no idea whether GM will return to the series, but admitted that a big name might come back to the series and thus create tougher competition for Honda.
“It's purely speculation right now,” he said according to Autonews. “We're still talking to a variety of engine manufacturers, and we've got a short time to [secure] them.”