INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — DragonSpeed plans to focus more energy on building an IndyCar program while scaling back its sports car efforts.
DragonSpeed is trying to qualify Ben Hanley for the Indianapolis 500 but it has been one of the slowest cars all week. The team made its IndyCar debut in this year’s season opener and plans to race through July. The team says it will use the second half of the IndyCar calendar to focus on the commercial growth of the program.
DragonSpeed team head Elton Julian says the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month will be one of its final sports car events. He adds the team will still enter its sports car at Spa, Brazil, and Le Mans, and possibly Daytona and Sebring.
Julian says the team sees more potential in growing DragonSpeed as an engineering and commercial concern in IndyCar than any other series “given the quality of racing and stable formula. That’s what’s driven our decision.”
Hanley has run two of the first five IndyCar races this season, with a best finish of 18th.