General Motors is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of its Chevrolet brand in 2011 and in its latest piece of promotion is casting light on its motorsports heritage.
Company founder Louis Chevrolet was an aspiring racing car driver and the bowtie brand has been active in almost every major U.S. racing series for the past 100 years. One of the more significant connections is between Chevrolet and the Indy 500 with Chevy-powered cars winning the event seven times and production vehicles pacing the field 22 times. Louis Chevrolet himself competed in early Indy 500 races and also designed race-winning cars for the 1920 and 1921 events. Interestingly, next year Chevy will again power Indy 500 cars in the form of a 2.2-litre, twin-turbo V-6 engine currently in development.
In NASCAR, Chevrolet has been even more successful. Since the mid-1950s, Chevrolet has racked up over 680 victories in NASCAR competition, winning 35 manufacturer’s titles and 27 driver’s championships in the process. (more…)