Conquest Racing’s owner Eric Bachelart has said it is likely his team will be forced to miss the first four races of the 2012 IndyCar Series season due to being unable to secure an engine deal.
Bachelart has been in communication with all three engine manufacturers since mid-2011, however has been unable to reach agreement with Honda, Lotus or Chevrolet.
Conquest has purchased a new DW12 car, which is sitting in the team shop in Indianapolis without a motor. The only other team without an announced engine partner is Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
Conquest’s driver from 2011, Sebastian Saavedra (pictured above), is currently not in discussions with the team about returning this season.
Established as one of the minnows of the series, Bachelart has not ruled out seeking assistance from IndyCar itself to assist it with obtaining an engine deal.
“I’ll talk with INDYCAR later this week and we’ll see what is possible and what is not,” Bachelart told SPEED.com.