Chevrolet also struggled with a 1.4 bar turbo boost in qualifying last year, and Ed Carpenter Racing rookie Linus Vikay was the only bowtie runner to qualify in Fast Nine.
Then on race day, with a turbo boost of 1.3 bar, Chevy was able to rival Honda, but had to tilt the fuel mixture quickly to the stint to make it with five pit stops. New Garden did the best of it, and ended up as the top Chevy Runner in 5th place.
New Garden commented after breaking the speed chart in the Indy 500 test and after Juan Pablo Montoya finished third at the Aroma McLaren SP: I think McLaren boys are fast. I think we feel pretty good about things.
“I think they definitely made improvements. We had to do that in the off-season. We all did. As a team and as Chevrolet, we all got together and we were the weakest. I saw it. I think I had a little to go around. They really stepped up. They made a lot of effort. I think we found some good ones.
“It’s been hard these days. These benefits you’re trying to find are very small. I think they were able to find a decent chunk. It’s impressive how far we’re going. [in the lifespan of the 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 formula].. “
Asked how he felt the Ilmor Chevy compared to this year’s HPD Honda, Newgarden replied: I can see more and more this year, but for now I want to say. By May, someone could obviously be miles ahead. That is possible.
“But I think it’s still much more visible than last year. We’re all excited about it … it will provide everyone with an interesting show.”
New Garden says there isn’t enough data on fuel economy yet.
“We didn’t do a lot of financial things, I didn’t go through any mixture,” he said. “I think there are still some questions to be answered in May. We were trying to check out some of the larger team items.
“Chevrolet has more people than we do at Team Penske. We will report to them after such a test.
“We are pushing. Looking at the first information, I think we are in a good place.”
Since launching this engine formula in 2012, Honda has led Chevrolet 5-4 on the Indy 500.
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