News From Team Ilmor

Issue No. 25 

Scott Dixon Wins the First Victory at Mid-Ohio for the Chevrolet V6

On Sunday, August 3, Scott Dixon scored an impressive win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to give the Team Ilmor and Team Chevrolet its first win at the storied track. Piloting his familiar red No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, the three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion led a total of 45 laps to take the victory over fellow Team Chevy driver Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Mistic KVSH Racing.



 "Simply impressive," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Great strategy by Mike Hull and the team. Incredible drive by Scott Dixon who delivered performance and fuel economy all race long. It was terrific to get our first IndyCar win with Chip Ganassi and his team."


After starting last on the field following a penalty assessed during qualifying, great race strategy and fuel mileage propelled Dixon to his first win of the season; the 34th of his career and his fifth at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  His win from the 22nd starting position shattered the previous record for how deep in the field the winner started. 


The victory is the ninth of the season for Team Chevy in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and extends Chevrolet's lead in the Series' manufacturer standings.  Additionally, Team Penske's Will Power took over the top spot in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship point standings with a sixth-place finish.


Team Ilmor and Team Chevy return to the track on August 17, 2014 at the Milwaukee Mile.  Live TV coverage will be provided by NBC Sports Network.  Live radio coverage is provided by IMS Radio Network XM209/Sirius 213 as well as timing and scoring.


ARCA Announces New Engine Package Option for 2015

(LONG POND, Pa. - Aug. 1, 2014) -- Automobile Racing Club of America President Ron Drager announced today that the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will introduce a progressive and innovative engine package option for use in competition beginning in 2015.


"I am pleased to announce today the conclusion to a long and extensive search to find the right strategic partner to help us address the challenges of rising costs in our series," stated Drager. "It is my pleasure to announce that Ilmor Engineering has partnered with us to develop the ARCA Ilmor 396, engine technology which provides a long term, stable platform delivering an economical and competitive option to our existing engine configurations."


The ARCA Ilmor 396 engine will be a purpose-built powerplant, developed and assembled by legendary engine builder Ilmor Engineering. The ARCA Ilmor 396 will deliver 700 horsepower and 500 ft. lbs. of torque, with durability and performance standards.


"We've partnered with ARCA to construct a durable, reliable engine capable of running 1500 miles between re-builds," affirmed Paul Ray, President of Ilmor Engineering.


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"The teams will be able to use the same ARCA Ilmor 396 at short tracks or a superspeedway, a road course or the mile dirt tracks. We have begun to conduct extensive testing, and our plan calls for the first engines to be available for purchase by the teams by early December," Ray concluded.


The ARCA Ilmor 396 will be fuel injected, with Holley EFI technology regulating the Electronic Control Unit and the fuel injection system.


"Holley carburetors have powered ARCA racers over two million miles in the last two decades alone, so it is a natural transition for Holley fuel injection to deliver the fuel on the ARCA Ilmor 396," said Drager. 


"We're proud to add ARCA and Ilmor to the growing list of sanctioning bodies, OEMs and professional level engine builders using Holley EFI electronics and hardware on their race engines," said Trevor Wiggins, Holley VP of Sales.  "Our EFI engineering and tech groups are gearing up to assure this transition is seamless."


ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams will have the option of utilizing the new ARCA Ilmor 396 beginning in 2015, or can continue to use the open motor rules package currently in place.


"We have identified and are addressing the financial challenges of racing competitively faced by many ARCA teams," Drager said. "Our responsibility as the sanctioning body is to manage the bigger picture business model for all our stakeholders. The ARCA Ilmor 396 is the best engine option we can introduce for the long-term health of our series," Drager said.


About ARCA

For more than 60 years the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has offered race fans a diverse brand of stock car racing on short tracks, dirt tracks, road courses and superspeedways. Founded by John and Mildred Marcum, the ARCA Racing Series is a destination for professional race drivers and a developmental series which transitions and prepares drivers for the advancement of their careers into the highest levels of the sport.


About Ilmor

Ilmor Engineering is best known for its success in high performance engineering and motorsports. In addition to ongoing advancements in racing technologies, the company also supplies products to the marine industry and provides engineering consultancy services to major automotive OEMs. The Ilmor family of companies employs over 150 personnel worldwide at facilities in Michigan, North Carolina and the United Kingdom. For more information about Ilmor and its products and services, visit


About Holley

Holley was founded in 1903 around the advent of the automobile and has been a supplier to every major American OEM automobile manufacturer. Holley supplied half of the fuel systems in WWII including those for land vehicles, marine and aircraft. Its primary focus today is in the high performance aftermarket where its world famous carburetion has won more races than all others combined. Holley is proactive in developing EFI systems for street users and professional racers alike. Holley manufactures products under the famous brand names of Holley, Hooker Headers, Flowtech exhaust, Earl's Plumbing, NOS Nitrous Oxide Systems and Weiand intakes and superchargers.

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BroadCo Wins Back to Back 

After starting the 2014 Super Boat International (SBI) season with a pair of second-place finishes and one third-place result, Broadco took its first Superboat-class SBI victories of the year over Stihl in Michigan City, Indiana, Sunday August 3. 


This double-header victory comes one week after Broadco won at the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) Super Cat race in St. Clair, Michigan. 


Photo Credit: Pete Boden


As stop No. 4 on the 2014 SBI circuit, the double-points Michigan City event saw flat conditions for both races today. Broadco team owner/driver Chuck Broaddus and throttleman/team manager Grant Bruggemann reportedly led both races wire to wire in their 40-foot Marine Technology Inc., catamaran with twin 750-hp Ilmor engines.


"We called our setup right for both races," Broaddus said. "Testing yesterday was invaluable because we learned what we didn't want. We had something we thought was the right call but changed after yesterday's test session, and it worked perfectly.


BroadCo will race again this upcoming weekend at the OPA Super Cat race in Port Huron, Michigan, before heading back south for the remainder of the SBI season in Florida.


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Highlights: Victory Laps on the Short Track

On August 2, Phil Harper Motorsports / Ilmor swept the podium at the Pro Late Model Viper Series 100.   This is the second time that Bayley Currey of Austin, TX wins the Viper Series 100 at the South Alabama Speedway, solidly leading throughout the race.


#1MG Mike Garvey came in second, and #81 Brandon Odom finished third for a full Phil Harper Motorsports / Ilmor sweep.  PHM-powered #18 car, driven by Korey Ruble finished fourth.


Photo Credit: Bayley Currey


PHM/Ilmor engines also performed well at the JEGS Bud St. Amant Memorial 174 at Columbus Motor Speedway.  Cody Coughlin, the JEGS All-Star Tour defending point's champion, brought his car home in the second position after making a late race pass around Chad Finley. This strong finish for Coughlin was extra special because the race was a home game for the Delaware, Ohio native.


"I was really happy with our run tonight; it meant so much to be able to run this well in the St. Amant Memorial," said Coughlin.  "All of those guys are like family to me."


Solid Steel/Steel Dynamics sponsored West Griffith, Jr (Crown Point, IN) took 4th, also powered by a PHM / Ilmor engine.


About Ilmor
Ilmor Engineering was founded in 1984 when engineers Mario Illien (IL) and Paul Morgan (MOR) reached out to Roger Penske with a plan to build a better engine for the IndyCar racing series. Since then, legendary drivers like Andretti, Unser, and Castroneves have all driven cars powered by Ilmor engines.  Ilmor now has over 270 IndyCar race wins, 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, 44 Formula 1 wins, and two Formula 1 World Championships. 


Since 2003, Ilmor has applied its expertise to the marine industry, creating completely unique engines for high performance powerboats. These engines include the iconic Dodge Viper-based MV10-725, or the new MV8-570, the most powerful emissions-certified small-block gasoline production marine engine today. Ilmor has also expanded its competitive tradition into powerboat racing, winning seven World Championships in Powerboat racing since 2007.  


The positive response to Ilmor's products and customer service has resulted in Ilmor becoming a major supplier of powerboat engines and drives to boat makers all over the world, paving the way for product expansion. In 2010, Ilmor launched a series of inboard GM-based V-8 engines, all manufactured in its state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot marine engine assembly and test facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, specifically committed to managing the long term growth of our marine products.


Ilmor still follows the same principles put in place by its founders: innovative solutions, precision engineering and manufacturing, high quality, reliable products, and unrivaled customer support.


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