By admin | July 22, 2009
By Richard Allen
These may not be the best of times for Chevrolet and its parent company, General Motors, but the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the best of tracks for the auto maker.
Of the 15 NASCAR races held at ‘The Brickyard’, eleven have been won by GM cars. Ten of those wins were accomplished by Chevrolets and one by the Pontiac of Bobby Labonte in 2000. And more, GM’s dominance has been magnified in the most recent years. Chevrolet has won each Brickyard 400 since 2003.
Bill Elliott won in a Dodge in 2002 for that brand’s only trip to the world’s most famous victory lane. Robert Yates Racing scored two wins for Ford with driver Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd also crossed the yard of bricks first in his own blue oval machine. Otherwise, it has GM seeing the checkered flag first on the fabled 2.5 mile rectangle.
Hendrick Motorsports leads the way for Chevrolet. They have a total of six wins at IMS, including the first NASCAR race and the most recent race held on the track. Joe Gibbs Racing won three times for GM before their switch to Toyota and Richard Childress Racing has come home first twice.
Roush Fenway Racing, a Ford team and one of the sport’s top organizations, has never scored a win at IMS.
Of course, there are solid contenders from each of the four manufacturers represented in NASCAR. However, the results of the past seem to indicate that Chevrolet ought to be considered the clear favorite, especially with Hendrick Motorsports. Also, the newly formed Stewart-Haas Racing team, a satellite of HMS, will be a certain contender with two-time Indy winner Tony Stewart and fellow Hoosier, Ryan Newman.
So, at the end of the day on Sunday, it should come as no surprise if the Chevy emblem is prominently displayed in the IMS victory lane.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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