Lotus drops two IndyCar teams from its engine program
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Lotus revealed on Tuesday that it will end its engine leasing agreement with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
DRR, which fields the No. 22 entry for driver Oriol Servia, will use the Lotus engine for this weekend's race in Sao Paulo. BHA is not competing in Sao Paulo, as the team plans to focus its efforts on next month's Indianapolis 500. Herta fields the No. 98 car for Alex Tagliani.
"Our focus is on the Brazil race, and we are still a part of the Lotus team," said Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Dennis Reinbold, whose team entered into the agreement with Lotus in November. "We are excited to go down there. We wish Lotus all of the best going forward. We are in the midst of finalizing our future plans, and we are talking to the series to conclude that process."
Lotus acknowledged that while the engine has demonstrated promise, minimal testing has resulted in reliability issues on race weekends. Lotus is one of two new engine suppliers in IndyCar this year. Chevrolet is the other. Honda remains in the series after being the sole supplier in the sport since 2006.
Claudio Berro, who is the director of motorsport for Lotus, stated, "Following feedback and review through the first few races of the season, Lotus undertook a strategic review of its position to decide what course of action would be in the best interests of INDYCAR and the teams it supports."
The Dragon Racing teams of Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Katherine Legge, as well as the HVM Racing team of Simona de Silvestro will continue to utilize the Lotus engine this season.
IndyCar will work with DRR and BHA during the transition to either the Chevrolet or Honda engine for the May 7 open test session at Texas Motor Speedway, as well as the Indianapolis 500 and beyond.
"IndyCar is committed to ensuring that our teams and manufacturers have a platform to remain competitive," IndyCar chief executive officer Randy Bernard said. "We support Lotus' decision and will assist Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport in securing engine support for the remainder of the season."
04/24 17:49:43 ET