The IndyCar Series’ engine crisis has taken yet another turn for the worse, with Dragon Racing forced to scale back to a one-car entry for the remainder of the season.
The Jay Penske-run team was unable to secure a second full-time engine lease from new engine partner Chevrolet, whom the squad joined after acrimoniously splitting with Lotus earlier this month.
While Dragon Racing was able to run both of its regular drivers – former Champ Car racers Sébastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge – at last weekend’s Indianapolis 500 when Chevrolet agreed to a one-off expansion to supply 16 of the 33 cars on the grid, the carmaker will trim its support back to eleven cars from this weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix onwards – a figure still well above the 40% of the field that it is contractually-bound to supply this season.
The news means that the Dragon Racing’s current line-up will effectively be reduced to a job-sharing arrangement: Bourdais will compete at the remaining road and street circuit events, while Legge will contest the oval races.
Bourdais was already set to miss next month’s race at the Milwaukee Mile due to his pre-existing contract to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours on the same weekend.