Dragon Racing Switches Over To Chevrolet Power
Two more IndyCar Series drivers have defected from Lotus and moved to Chevrolet power.
INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, confirmed today that it has approved an engine partner change for Dragon Racing.
The team will transfer from Lotus to Chevrolet power for the entries driven by Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge. The change is effective immediately.
Lotus engines have proved under powered in their first season in the series as they have been out-performed by the Chevy- and Honda-powered Dallar DW 12 cars.
Lotus and Dragon Racing worked together in recent days to find a solution they are both happy with.
“We are pleased to see this issue resolved as we head into the final practice days in advance of qualifying,” said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. “I have to thank all parties for working together to help preserve the traditions of the Indianapolis 500.”
INDYCAR officials will make provisions for Legge to begin the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program today. Bourdais will need to complete an Indianapolis 500 refresher program, which can be conducted anytime the track is open for practice.
Including the Dragon entries, Chevrolet will power 16 of the 33 expected entries for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
“The addition of Dragon Racing’s two cars to the Chevrolet roster for the Indianapolis 500 is a strategic enhancement to our already strong stable of teams and drivers,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet IndyCar Program Manager. “The efforts put forth by our combined Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 teams will seamlessly continue for the biggest race of the year.”
The Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 team line-up for the Indianapolis 500 will include: Team Penske – three cars; Andretti Autosport – five cars; KV Racing Technology – three cars; Panther Racing – one car; Panther/Dreyer and Reinbold Racing – one car; Ed Carpenter Racing – one car and Dragon Racing – two cars.
The 96th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for noon (ET) Sunday, May 27. Live coverage on ABC and the IMS Radio Network will start at 11 a.m.No Comment