Chevrolet adds Dragon to roster for Indy 500

IndyCar News/Releases, Manufacturer PR — By on May 17, 2012 9:50 am
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[Source: Chevrolet press release]

INDIANAPOLIS – (May 17, 2012) – Chevrolet announces today the addition of two cars to its roster for the 2012 Indianapolis 500.  The No. 7 Dragon Racing entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais and the No. 6 Dragon Racing entry driven by Katherine Legge will be powered by Chevrolet twin turbo, direct-injected IndyCar V-6 engines effective immediately.

Including the Dragon entries, Chevrolet will power 16 of the 33 expected entries for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“The addition of Dragon Racing’s two cars to the Chevrolet roster for the Indianapolis 500 is a strategic enhancement to our already strong stable of teams and drivers,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet IndyCar Program Manager. “The efforts put forth by our combined Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 teams will seamlessly continue for the biggest race of the year.”

The Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 team line-up for the Indianapolis 500 will include: Team Penske – three cars; Andretti Autosport – five cars; KV Racing Technology – three cars; Panther Racing – one car; Panther/Dreyer and Reinbold Racing – one car; Ed Carpenter Racing – one car and Dragon Racing – two cars.

The 96th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for noon (ET) Sunday, May 27. Live coverage on ABC and the IMS Radio Network will start at 11 a.m.

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[Source: INDYCAR press release]

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 17, 2012) – INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, confirmed today that it has approved an engine partner change for Dragon Racing.

The team will transfer from Lotus to Chevrolet power for the entries driven by Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge.  The change is effective immediately.

Lotus and Dragon Racing have worked together to find a solution they are both happy with.

“We are pleased to see this issue resolved as we head into the final practice days in advance of qualifying,” said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. “I have to thank all parties for working together to help preserve the traditions of the Indianapolis 500.”

INDYCAR officials will make provisions for Legge to begin the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program today. Bourdais will need to complete an Indianapolis 500 refresher program, which can be conducted anytime the track is open for practice.

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