|Base||Los Angeles, California|
|Team principal(s)||Jay Penske|
Stephen J. Luczo
|Current series||FIA Formula E Championship|
|Former series||IndyCar Series|
|Current drivers|| Loïc Duval
Dragon Racing (formerly Luczo-Dragon Racing) is an American auto racing team, involved in many areas of motorsport. The Dragon Racing team competed in the IndyCar Series from 2007 until 2014, and in 2014 Dragon Racing became one of the founding Formula E teams. Dragon Racing was founded in 2007 by Jay Penske and Stephen J. Luczo. Dragon Racing is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the largest EV (electrical vehicle) market in the world, and has additional operations in Great Britain at the Donington Park racing circuit.
Luczo Dragon Racing
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 Team Penske, 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 Indianapolis 500 winning car, a trend that Team Penske would mimic in selected future races.
Luczo Dragon ran a six-race schedule in 2008 including the Indianapolis 500 with IndyCar veteran Tomas Scheckter, 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.
De Ferran Dragon Racing
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.
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. However, after the team was unable to find sponsorship, de Ferran released Kanaan and the team shut down.
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 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 Sonoma Raceway. The car was run in association with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
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 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. 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 Sebastián Saavedra would be joining the team for the 2013 season in the No. 6 car while Bourdais would return in the No. 7. 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. For 2014, the team left IndyCar racing for the most part to focus on the new Formula E electric powered series.
Dragon remained listed as a co-entrant on Juan Pablo Montoya's car for the 2014 Indianapolis 500, owned by Penske's father, Roger Penske. In March Oriol Servià 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.
In June 2015, the team partnered with Indian-based news portal India.com.
- Sébastien Bourdais (2012–2013)
- Ryan Briscoe (2007)
- Patrick Carpentier1 (2011)
- Davey Hamilton (2010)
- Katherine Legge (2012)
- Raphael Matos (2009–2010)
- Sebastián Saavedra (2013)
- Tomas Scheckter (2008)
- Scott Speed1 (2011)
- Paul Tracy (2011)
- Ho-Pin Tung (2011)
1Driver practiced but did not qualify for 2011 Indy 500.
Complete IndyCar Series results
- 1 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
|2014–15||Spark-Renault SRT 01E||M||BEI||PUT||PDE||BNA||MIA||LBH||MON||BER||MSC||LON||171||2nd|
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