Team owner Bryan Herta has confirmed a rather badly-kept secret that his eponymous outfit will switch to Honda power ahead of this month’s Indianapolis 500, following his his high-profile split from former engine partner Lotus.
Along with its fellow Lotus-powered runners, the team has so far struggled with the uncompetitiveness of the overall package, with its driver Alex Tagliani – who claimed pole position at Indianapolis last year – currently lying bog last of the full-time runners in the Championship Standings, after retirements at Alabama and Long Beach.
The team elected to skip the previous round at São Paulo ahead of its announcement – along with fellow one-car operation Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – that it had sought permission from IndyCar officials to dump Lotus as its engine partner.
The team has since secured the use of a Honda powerplant, no doubt hoping that this will give it enough of a performance improvement to help defend its Indy 500 crown, which it won with the late Dan Wheldon at the wheel.
“It is with great personal pleasure that we are returning to the Honda family for the remainder of the 2012 season,” Herta said in a team announcement.
“We look forward to joining the other Honda-powered teams on track this weekend in preparation for the Indianapolis 500, and working to defend last year’s memorable and popular win by Dan Wheldon.”
It has also been all but confirmed that Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will switch to Chevrolet power.