Chevy humbled in Long Beach Chevy won the first two IndyCar races of the year – both sponsored by Honda – but the locally-based Honda Performance Development group turned up the wick at Long Beach, locking out the podium en route to a 1-2-3-4 finish. Just as HPD's Roger Griffiths answered the call from RACER after losses at St. Petersburg and Barber, Chevy program manager Chris Berube was gracious enough to speak on the Bowtie's first loss of 2013 and what, if anything, can be done to overtake Honda in Brazil.
“In this situation, where so many things went wrong, you have to go back and analyze each car's race – some were lost in accidents, and that certainly reduced our numbers. And the final corner has that tricky hairpin where putting the power down can cause issues, so you just have to look at what went wrong and solve each problem individually.
“It is exciting for the fans to see such a volatile result [between manufacturers]. I've always said we have to earn every win; Takuma Sato deserved the win today and that just cranks us up to sharpen the pencils before Brazil.”
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