Dragon Racing

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This article is about the IndyCar & Formula E team. For the V8 Supercar team, see Dragon Motor Racing.
Dragon Racing
Owner(s) Jay Penske
Series Verizon IndyCar Series
FIA Formula E Championship
Race drivers 6. Sebastián Saavedra
7. Sébastien Bourdais
Sponsors 6. Truecar
7. McAfee
Career
Debut 2007 Indy 500
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0

Dragon Racing is a racing team owned by Jay Penske. The team debuted in 2007. The team originally competed in IndyCar, but ceased most Indycar operations in 2014 to concentrate on the debuting FIA Formula E Championship.

Team history[edit]

Luczo Dragon Racing[edit]

The team debuted as Luczo Dragon Racing in 2007. The team fielded a one-off entry at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 with driver Ryan Briscoe. Jay Penske and Stephen J. Luczo were co-owners. The car was prepared by Penske Racing which is owned by Jay's father Roger. In addition, Briscoe was a driver for Roger Penske's ALMS team. Briscoe qualified 7th and finished 5th at Indianapolis. The car was notable for being painted in a "retro" paint schemes to resemble Rick Mears' 1988 Indy 500 winning car, a trend that Penske Racing would mimic in selected future races.

Scheckter's LDR car practicing for the 2008 Indy 500

Luczo Dragon ran a six-race schedule in 2008 including the Indianapolis 500 with IndyCar veteran Tomas Scheckter,[1] this time without support or cars from Penske Racing. While qualifying well, the team failed to finish every race but one, knocked out by crashes twice and mechanical trouble three times. Scheckter finished 21st in the only race he completed, the Detroit Indy Grand Prix.

The team expanded to a full–time entrant in 2009, fielding 2008 Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos.[2]

de Ferran Dragon Racing[edit]

For the 2010 season, the team merged with de Ferran Motorsports to form de Ferran Luczo Dragon Racing and Gil de Ferran joined as co-owner. The team ran a full season for Raphael Matos, plus Davey Hamilton at the Indy 500 in conjunction with his Kingdom Racing group. Hamilton planned to run at Texas also, but his crash at Indy precluded the start. His second start with the team came at Chicagoland. Prior to the 2010 Indy 500, the team renamed itself de Ferran Dragon Racing as the previous name was "too long" according to co-owner Steve Luczo.[3]

For the 2011 IndyCar Series season, Matos was released and series veteran and past champion Tony Kanaan was signed on to drive the team's primary entry.[4] However, after the team was unable to find sponsorship, de Ferran released Kanaan and the team shut down.[5]

Dragon Racing[edit]

After closing its doors in February 2011, Jay Penske revived the team. A month later, he re-branded the team as Dragon Racing in April 2011 and jointly announced that Paul Tracy had signed a five-race deal to compete for the team. Additionally the team entered two cars in the Indy 500[6] for drivers Scott Speed and Ho-Pin Tung. Tung crashed his car during qualifying and suffered a concussion. Speed was unable to get his car up to speed, and the team let him go during practice. On the final day of qualifying, Patrick Carpentier was shaking down the car, but crashed and the team withdrew from the 500. Tung made his IndyCar debut for the team later in the season at Infineon Raceway. The car was run in association with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.[7]

In January 2012, Dragon Racing had operations in Indianapolis and Los Angeles. It entered two cars in the 2012 IndyCar Series season; one driven by Katherine Legge, and the other driven by four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sébastien Bourdais, but on June 1, 2012, it was revealed that they would reduce operations to just 1 team with Bourdais driving the street courses and Legge on the ovals.[8] Bourdais finished 25th in points with a best finish of fourth. Legge finished 26th with a best finish of 9th.

On February 12, 2013, it was announced that Sebastian Saavedra would be joining the team for the 2013 season in the #6 car while Bourdais would return in the #7.[9] Bourdais improved to 12th in points capturing three podium finishes, including two in the double-header in Toronto. Saavedra finished 21st in points, last among full-time drivers, with a best finish of eighth. The team also announced they would be participating in the FIA Formula E Championship.

For 2014, the team left IndyCar racing for the most part to focus on the new Forumula E electric powered series.[10] Dragon remained listed as a co-entrant on Juan Pablo Montoya's car for the Indy 500, owned by Penske's father, Roger Penske.[11] In March Oriol Servia announced he would be part of the Dragon team in the Formula E series, either as part of managing the team or as a driver, or both.[12]

Drivers[edit]

1Driver practiced but did not qualify for 2011 Indy 500.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cavin, Curt & Ballard, Steve. Scheckter likely back at Indy 500, The Indianapolis Star, February 1, 2008
  2. ^ DiZinno, Tony. Matos, Luczo Dragon latest to confirm 2009 plans, Motorsport.com, October 7, 2008
  3. ^ Luczo Dragon becomes de Ferran Dragon, Racer, May 14, 2010, Retrieved 2010-12-25
  4. ^ Kanaan to deFerran Dragon, Indianapolis Star, December 21, 2010, Retrieved 2010-12-25
  5. ^ de Ferran and Kanaan part ways, Motor Racing Network, February 24, 2011, Retrieved 2011-03-01
  6. ^ Miller, Robin. Tracy To Lead Restructured Dragon Racing, Speed TV, April 2, 2011, Retrieved 2012-01-14
  7. ^ Ho-Pin Tung to make debut at Infineon with Schmidt Dragon Racing, AutoWeek, August 24, 2011, Retrieved 2011-08-29
  8. ^ Bourdais, Legge return with Dragon Racing, Racer, January 12, 2012, Retrieved 2012-01-14
  9. ^ Pruett, Marshall. INDYCAR: Saavedra Joins Bourdais To Complete Dragon’s Two-Car Team, Speed, February 12, 2013, Retrieved 2013-02-12
  10. ^ Formula E, Electric Racing: Part 3, Editorial Triple League Racing, March 3, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Full preview of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season by Curt Cavin, Autoweek, March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Oriol Servia teams up with Dragon Racing Formula E Team by Tim Biesbrouck, Electricautosport.com, March 24, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.

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