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DRAGONSPEED CUSICK MOTORSPORTS FINISH THE 106th RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 IN 26th POSITION

DRAGONSPEED CUSICK MOTORSPORTS FINISH THE 106th RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 IN 26th POSITION

“Great job by Stefan Wilson and the DragonSpeed Cusick Motorsports crew,” said Don Cusick, Founder and CEO of Cusick Motorsports. “We’re already making plans to come back in 2023 and I must extend a big thank you to all of our partners that make this possible. We look forward to them joining us in the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 next year.”

Stefan Wilson on the grid for the 106th Indianapolis 500 Presented By Gainbridge (Photo Courtesy of Cusick Motorsports / DragonSpeed)

Thank you to our 2022 partners, LOHLA SPORT, a new premium women’s golf-lifestyle apparel brand; Sierra Pacific Windows, building the most uncompromising windows and doors possible; GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky, carefully crafted and mouth-watering jerky; Neptune Systems, a market leader in aquarium technology products; ConnectDoc, facilitating communications, complex coordination, and continuity between patients, medical professionals, and health care systems; CarBlip, the Auto Concierge; 181 Fremont, luxury urban living in downtown San Francisco; Rayne Nutrition, taking a scientific approach to pet food; Topping & Legnon Wine, offering a beautiful selection of reds, whites and rosé wines; Mr. and Mrs. James Lowes, long time race fans who are excited about the opportunity to support the effort, along with DragonSpeed partner Rembrandt Charms.

Cusick Motorsports and Stefan Wilson return to action on June 26th with their third IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup entry of the year at the 2022 Six Hours of the Glen. Green flag for the famed endurance race waves at 10:40 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 26th with streaming on Peacock and live coverage on USA Network.
About Cusick Motorsports

Founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Don Cusick, Cusick Motorsports was created to drive meaningful business relationships through motorsports. As a marketing and business-to-business incubator, Cusick Motorsports creates bespoke programs for its partners across a variety of racing series.

For companies new to the world of racing, Cusick Motorsports identifies the best opportunities, negotiates deals that make business sense, and oversees each partnership to ensure the defined return-on-investment targets are being met.

Cusick Motorsports provides support in building the most effective marketing strategy possible for each partner, helping create digital marketing campaigns, positioning its brand ambassadors, and creating experiential marketing efforts.

Cusick Motorsports will utilize its vast network to create business-to-business opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for its partners. At all race events, partners will enjoy an unparalleled perspective on the sport, with VIP hospitality and direct access to the race team and drivers.

About GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky

GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky’s story begins, as many do, with an idea and some paper in hand. Except, in their case, it was butcher’s paper. They carefully crafted and created their mouth-watering jerky from the heart, first one flavor combo, then another and soon GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky was born.

Curated recipes with only the finest ingredients added to the best meats from the most renowned purveyors of fine beef, poultry and pork in the golden state with a freshness and difference you can taste go into every bag of our GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky.

GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky’s founder and master chef is Dayna Haupt. Dayna began her taste journey thirty years ago and following involvement in the world of fine dining and running her own restaurant, she found her passion for weaving complex flavors into great healthy snacks you can be proud to share with your family.

About LOHLA SPORT

Based in Thousand Oaks, California, LOHLA SPORT is a new premium women’s golf-lifestyle apparel brand that is quickly captivating the golf, country club, and resort market. Its impeccable sense of style features colorful, on-trend European designs with Los Angeles flair.

The brainchild of recognized fashionista and longtime Golf Channel and GOLFINO executive Lisa O’Hurley, LOHLA SPORT boasts an upscale and playful lineup of tops, bottoms, skorts, and outwear available online and in roughly 100 exclusive golf shops across America. Outfits confidently transition from leisure and sporting activity to work, lunch, and dinner. Especially popular are its signature ‘Pull-On Golf Fitness Pant’ and ‘The Very Pant,’ a play on an episode of Seinfield, in which O’Hurley’s husband, John O’Hurley, starred as the fictional character J. Peterman.

About Sierra Pacific Windows and Sierra Pacific Industries

Sierra Pacific Windows is a division of Sierra Pacific Industries, a family-owned forest products company. Based in Red Bluff, California, Sierra Pacific Windows is one of the largest manufacturers of superior quality custom wood and vinyl windows and doors in the world. It is the only fully vertically-integrated window and door company, in which the company owns the forestland and manages the entire manufacturing and distribution process. Sierra Pacific Windows has a combined manufacturing production space of over 1.4 million square feet in California and Wisconsin. Its windows and doors are distributed via more than 600 nationwide dealers, distributors and company-owned locations.

Sierra Pacific Industries is a third-generation, family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California. The company owns and manages 2.3 million acres of timberland in California, Oregon, and Washington, and is one of the largest lumber companies and largest manufacturer of millwork in the United States. Sierra Pacific Industries is committed to managing its lands in a responsible and sustainable manner to protect the environment while providing quality wood products and renewable power for consumers. The company’s forests are certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®. Sierra Pacific Industries utilizes nearly 100 percent of every piece of wood brought to its 18 mills and eight biomass-fueled cogeneration power plants.

About CarBlip

CarBlip provides customers with a digital car buying experience. With access to new car inventory across the nation, your dedicated CarBlip concierge will find the car that meets your needs and deliver it directly to your door. And best of all, their service is free.

About 181 Fremont Residences and Jay Paul Company

Developed by the legendary Jay Paul Company, 181 Fremont rises 802’ from San Francisco’s downtown high-tech nexus to transform the skyline and has set a new bar for luxurious residential living in the West Coast. The $850 million tower features a state-of-the-art exoskeleton designed in a saw tooth pattern, with a magnificent spire that ascends from the crown of the building. 181 Fremont’s central location in the East Cut invites easy access to Silicon Valley and is surrounded by icons of technology including Salesforce, Facebook, Google and Twitter. The award-winning architecture reaffirms San Francisco as a global city on the forefront of innovation and design. It stands to redefine not only the neighborhood, but also the very definition of San Francisco living. Sales and marketing for 181 Fremont are handled by Compass Development Marketing Group. For more information, visit 181fremont.com.

Jay Paul Company is one of the foremost real estate development and investment firms in California, distinguished by over 13 million square feet of trophy caliber projects in its portfolio. Since 1975, Jay Paul developments bear signature features including striking award-winning architecture, landscaping and state-of-the-art sustainable design in unsurpassed locations. Its modern, inspired campuses and towers provide the most advanced workplace environments for the world’s leading technology companies including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Instagram, Microsoft and Northrup Grumman. Jay Paul Company projects include the world-renowned 181 Fremont Tower in San Francisco, named as one of the world’s best high rises by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Pacific Shores Center, Moffett Towers, Moffett Place and the soon to be completed 200 Park Avenue, which are all recognized as Silicon Valley’s most cutting edge, large scale developments. Jay Paul Company is privately held and based in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.jaypaul.com.

About ConnectDoc

ConnectDoc facilitates communications, complex coordination, and continuity between patients, medical professionals, and health care systems. ConnectDoc focuses on solutions that support patient-centered care while supporting value-sensitive decisions and shared decision-making.

About Neptune Systems

Neptune Systems is a market leader in aquarium technology products. With over 20 years of experience, Neptune Systems has grown into one of the largest and most recognized brands in the reefing hobby. Their premier product, the APEX, has helped revolutionize how modern reefers manage their tanks and increase their success and enjoyment.

About Rayne Nutrition

We take the relationship between our food and pet health very seriously. This dedication has led us to be data- and ingredient-obsessed and is why we work closely with Ph.D. nutritionists and veterinary specialists (whom we like to call the “experts’ experts”). Under their guidance and with a shared focus on better health outcomes, we have designed our range of wellness and therapeutic diets for pets, using whole food and less processed ingredients wherever possible.

Rayne has diets designed to address over 30 medical conditions using whole food ingredients. It is non-negotiable that the Rayne diets do what we say they will. Because of this, we will always choose our ingredients based on purpose and the benefit that they provide to the pet. This formulation process is all done under the direction of veterinary and animal health experts who are as focused on the health outcome for the pet as we are.

About Topping & Legnon Wines

Dana Topping & Rick Legnon, who have always had a deep passion for wines, decided to finally take the leap into the industry by purchasing a gorgeous 18-acre vineyard in Lake Country, CA, previously the Burgess Family personal vines. With production of 1000 cases per year, Topping & Legnon Wines are considered a Micro-Boutique Winery. They are able to control everything from grape to glass. In the vineyard, they don’t use a single harmful chemical or pesticide. They use superior farming methods with organic composting and biodynamic methods, resulting in a beautiful selection of reds, whites and rosé wines.

DRAGONSPEED CUSICK MOTORSPORTS UNVEILS INDY 500 RACECAR AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH CARBLIP AND 181 FREMONT RESIDENCES

Indianapolis, Indiana, May 17, 2022 — DragonSpeed Cusick Motorsports is delighted to unveil its race car that will be piloted by Stefan Wilson for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500, while simultaneously announcing that CarBlip and 181 Fremont Residences are joining the esteemed group of partners supporting the effort.

“First off, the car looks absolutely phenomenal,” said Cusick Motorsports Founder and CEO, Don Cusick. “The crews at AJ Foyt Racing and DragonSpeed have done an incredible job to put the car together in such a short amount of time and we’re excited to get on track. It’s fantastic to bring CarBlip and 181 Fremont Residences onboard, two companies that are leading the way in their respective fields and will be a perfect fit within our group of partners.”
 
CarBlip, the Auto Concierge, provides customers with a digital car buying experience. With access to new car inventory across the nation, a dedicated concierge will find the perfect car and deliver it to their door. CarBlip provides pricing options and applies all available rebates and incentives to ensure customers get a great price and save valuable time.

“At CarBlip, we have built a revolutionary experience for new car buyers that combines the best in technology with the support of a trusted concierge throughout the process,” said Brian Johnson, CEO of CarBlip. “To be successful, you need to be passionate, build a great team and execute. Don Cusick and his partners represent these ideas, and we couldn’t be more excited to join forces for the 2022 Indianapolis 500.”
 
181 Fremont Residences is a luxury, high-rise tower with 55 residences, including five-star services, a full floor of indulgent amenities and a world-class art program in downtown San Francisco. The stunning building boasts panoramic views of the Bay Area and an interior focused on art and inspiration at its premier location. Developed by the legendary Jay Paul Company, 181 Fremont rises 802’ from San Francisco’s downtown high-tech nexus to transform the skyline and has set a new bar for luxurious residential living in the West Coast.
“At 181 Fremont we have collaborated with the world’s leading architects, designers and engineers to create a new global icon on the San Francisco skyline,” said Matt Lituchy, Chief Investment Officer for the Jay Paul Company. “We admire teams that strive for this same excellence in generating the best in art, design and performance.  We are honored to partner with Stefan Wilson and Cusick Motorsports for the 2022 Indianapolis 500. Their exceptional efforts define what’s best in motorsports and beyond.”
 
CarBlip and 181 Fremont Residences will be joined alongside LOHLA SPORT, a new premium women’s golf-lifestyle apparel brand; Sierra Pacific Windows, building the most uncompromising windows and doors possible; GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky, carefully crafted and mouth-watering jerky; Neptune Systems, a market leader in aquarium technology products; ConnectDoc, facilitating communications, complex coordination, and continuity between patients, medical professionals, and health care systems; Rayne Nutrition, taking a scientific approach to pet food; Topping & Legnon Wine, offering a beautiful selection of reds, whites and rosé wines; Mr. and Mrs. James Lowes, long time race fans who are excited about the opportunity to support the effort, along with DragonSpeed partner Rembrandt Charms.
 
Founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Don Cusick, Cusick Motorsports’ first official event was the 2021 Indianapolis 500 with Stefan Wilson behind the wheel. For 2022, Cusick and Wilson have expanded their joint efforts into sports car racing with entries in the most famous American endurance races in partnership with Team Hardpoint. They made their IMSA debut at the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA this year and continued at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Later this year, they will continue by contesting the Six Hours at The Glen and Petit Le Mans.
 
British-born racer Stefan Wilson has an impressive resume that includes three Indianapolis 500 starts, Indy Lights race wins, the 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and top-ten finishes in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring with Cusick Motorsports in 2022. The experienced pilot came within four laps of winning the 2018 Indianapolis 500, and aims to make the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 his best one yet.
 
Practice for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 begins today, with all practice sessions broadcast live via NBC’s Peacock TV. Qualifying begins this Saturday, May 21st, also broadcast live on NBC and Peacock. Green flag for the 106thIndianapolis 500 is Sunday May 29th. Watch the race live on NBC and follow all on-track timing and scoring via the NTT IndyCar Series app.

Stefan Wilson, Cusick Motorsports And DragonSpeed Join Forces For the Indianapolis 500

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Stefan Wilson, the pilot of the No. 25 DragonSpeed/Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet concentrates before qualifying for the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge Photo Courtesy Of Penske Entertainment – Chris Jones)

Thermal, CaliforniaMay 5, 2022 – Cusick Motorsports is proud to announce their return to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES grid for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in partnership with DragonSpeed. The partnership combines two entities that have independently made strides in the Indianapolis 500 in recent years, creating synergy between Cusick Motorsports’ business-to- business acumen and DragonSpeed’s multi-disciplinary racing prowess. Stefan Wilson will be at the wheel of the No. 25 DragonSpeed/Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet entry, marking the driver’s fourth career Indy 500 start and second consecutive entry in partnership with Cusick Motorsports.

Title partner LOHLA SPORT and co-primary partner Sierra Pacific Windows will continue their roles from last year’s running of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ while adding GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky to the main partners supporting the entry.

Founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Don Cusick, Cusick Motorsports’ first official event was the 2021 Indianapolis 500 with Stefan Wilson behind the wheel. For 2022, Cusick and Wilson have expanded their effort with an IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup entry in partnership with Hardpoint. They made their sportscar debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year and continued at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and will also contest the Six Hours at The Glen and Petit Le Mans.

“I’m so excited to be back at the event that ignited my passion for motorsports several decades ago,” said founder Don Cusick. “To be partnered with a young, hungry and professional organization like DragonSpeed makes it all the better. Last year was an incredible first on-site experience for Cusick Motorsports and our partners, and we’re so glad to have them with us again. To have LOHLA SPORT and Sierra Pacific Windows returning as the primary and co- primary partners is just fantastic, and we’re excited to welcome GNARLY Jerky to this group as well. A big thank you to Jay Frye from INDYCAR, Team Chevy and Anders Krohn for being instrumental in putting this program together. We have some unfinished business from last year with Stefan Wilson and our partners, so we cannot wait to get the event going.”

Having claimed LMP2 ProAm honors at Le Mans in 2021, DragonSpeed started 2022 with its third Rolex 24 at Daytona LMP2 class victory in four years. In 2019, it became the first LMP2 team to win IMSA, World Endurance Championship, and European Le Mans Series races in the same year, having claimed the ELMS crown in 2017. Run by former driver Elton Julian, the squad has proved its mettle in a wide range of machinery since 2010. After contesting the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 and 2020, DragonSpeed’s IndyCar ambitions stalled with the COVID- 19 pandemic. For the future, DragonSpeed is targeting a full-time return to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and sees the partnership with Cusick Motorsports and Stefan Wilson as the perfect springboard to achieving that goal.

“This opportunity means so much to us,” said DragonSpeed Team Principal, Elton Julian. “Putting this program together with Don Cusick, Stefan Wilson, and the Cusick Motorsports partner group brings us back to Indy even earlier than we hoped, and a step closer to becoming a full-time INDYCAR team. With that target in our sights, I can tell you we are not coming to the

Brickyard to make up the numbers – we’re here to resume our INDYCAR learning curve and build on our experience from 2019 and 2020, and Stefan’s past performances as well. I know that Don and Stefan share our ambitions, and I’m grateful to AJ Foyt Racing and Larry Foyt’s racer spirit for helping make this effort possible through the use of their equipment. We also massively appreciate the support of Jay Frye at INDYCAR and Jim Campbell at Team Chevy. Adding the 500 to our IMSA commitments is complicated, but everyone at DragonSpeed is 100% up for the challenge of Indy.”

British-born racer Stefan Wilson has an impressive resume that includes three Indianapolis 500 starts, Indy Lights race wins, the 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and top-ten finishes in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring with Cusick Motorsports in 2022. The experienced pilot came within four laps of winning the 2018 Indianapolis 500, and aims to make the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 his best one yet.

“The journey to the 2022 Indianapolis 500 has been a rollercoaster ride for Cusick Motorsports, our partners and myself,” said Stefan Wilson. “A few short weeks ago it didn’t look like this was going to happen for us, but I’m so relieved all of the pieces came together to get another shot at this race. The Cusick Motorsports and DragonSpeed partnership couldn’t be a better fit and I know it’ll be a great combination for Indy this year, as well as for future opportunities. I’m also looking forward to joining Team Chevy and wearing a bow-tie this month. There are so many people I have to thank for making this happen for us. First and foremost, a big thank you to Don Cusick for believing in me and being by my side as we fought to make it back to the 500, Elton Julian and the DragonSpeed team for their commitment to join forces with us and a big thank you to Jay Frye and INDYCAR along with Jim Campbell and Chevrolet for their support in making this happen. Also a huge thanks to the partners making all this happen, LOHLA SPORT, GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky, Sierra Pacific Windows, Neptune Systems, Rayne Nutrition, Topping & Legnon Wines, and Mr. and Mrs. James Lowes.”

The No. 25 DragonSpeed/Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet will be supported by LOHLA SPORT,a new premium women’s golf-lifestyle apparel brand; Sierra Pacific Windows, building the most uncompromising windows and doors possible; GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky, carefully crafted and mouth-watering jerky; Neptune Systems, a market leader in aquarium technology products; ConnectDoc, facilitating communications, complex coordination, and continuity between patients, medical professionals, and health care systems; Rayne Nutrition, taking a scientific approach to pet food; Topping & Legnon Wine, offering a beautiful selection of reds, whites and rosé wines; and Mr. and Mrs. James Lowes, long time race fans who are excited about the opportunity to support the effort, along with DragonSpeed partner Rembrandt Charms.

The Cusick Motorsports and DragonSpeed partnership with Stefan Wilson at the helm will make their 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut with Opening Day on May 17 before the green flag waves for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 29 with broadcast coverage on NBC.

DragonSpeed Dialled In for Second Indy 500 Run

22 August 2020 – The DragonSpeed team today completed preparations for its sophomore tilt at the Indianapolis 500, after its late call-up just two weeks ago. The championship-winning sportscar outfit will take the green flag for the 104th edition of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ at 2:15pm this Sunday, 23 August, with live coverage on NBC starting at 1:00pm EDT.

Having missed the first two days of practice, DragonSpeed focussed on developing its race set-up during qualifying, as reflected in the team’s 33rd qualifying spot on the starting grid. Britain’s Ben Hanley put in a four-lap average of 220.946 mph on his first run followed by a second effort of 222.917 mph later in the day, evidence of further aerodynamic and chassis improvements.

The late afternoon practice session on Sunday saw the entire field reverting to race boost and concentrating on evaluating their cars’ handling in traffic, along with fuel consumption and tire wear. DragonSpeed continued to evaluate set-up options over the course of 84 laps, demonstrating solid pace in traffic and recording a best lap of 217.640 mph.

Friday’s traditional Carb Day final pre-race practice saw Hanley slightly better his Sunday pace on the way to racking up 104 laps – second highest of the 33 runners – as the DragonSpeed crew continued to tune the car for race conditions and also took advantage of the practice pit stop segment at the end of the session.

DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian said, “We’re happy with the progress we’ve made in the last week. It’s a different place in August than in May, and a different car with the Aeroscreen as well, which has meant a near total reset in our set-up. Today was encouraging. The car was very driveable in traffic and we could hang with some cars we didn’t expect. Now we simply want to go the distance and get the best result we can, which would be just reward for our incredible crew and their fantastic efforts preparing and dialling in the car, and for Ben’s cool and skill behind the wheel.”

Driver Ben Hanley said, ”It’s been a positive week in the end. Looking ahead to the race, it’ll be all about keeping things simple, avoiding mistakes, running our own race, fine tuning the car along the way, and seeing where that puts us towards the finish. We’re obviously still learning a lot each time on track and Sunday will be no exception. We had decent pace at times today and were more comfortable running in traffic, but the conditions were still very tricky and we expect the same for the race, so it won’t be easy out there.”

DragonSpeed’s iridescent red, white, and metallic blue number 81 Chevrolet-powered Dallara IR18 will carry sponsorship from Flex-Box, Chevrolet Accessories, 10Star Solutions, Rembrandt Charms, Toledo Building Services, Endeavor Business Media’s Electronic Design and Machine Design magazines, and Motul.

DragonSpeed Adding Speed and Sponsors for Indy 500 Qualifying

15 August 2020 – DragonSpeed, whose rookie run to make the starting grid was one of the stories of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in 2019, yesterday completed its first day of practice for the 104th running of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’. British driver Ben Hanley’s Chevrolet-powered Dallara set a best lap speed of 222.086 mph, last among the 33 runners as the team found its feet after effectively missing the first two days of practice.

The late confirmation of the team’s participation last week, a repeat of the driveshaft problem that ended the team’s 2019 race, and the need for Hanley to complete his ‘refresher’ laps before joining regular practice combined to restrict Ben to a handful of laps on Wednesday and Thursday. Yesterday’s final pre-qualifying runs lived up to their traditional ‘Fast Friday’ billing, with a boost increase for the 2.2-litre V6 turbo engines adding up to 50 extra horsepower, but DragonSpeed’s priorities lay elsewhere.

DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian said, “The lost track time was a shame, but knowing that we are in the show allows us to focus on finding our baseline race set-up instead of qualifying. With Tom Brown joining Paul Thomas on the stand, we’re taking the same methodical, calm approach as last year, but emphasising different things. We’re grateful to the NTT Indycar Series, Roger Penske, Chevrolet, Firestone, and our sponsors for their help in getting us here, and look forward to playing our part in delivering a great show.”

35-year-old sportscar racing standout Hanley, who impressed at Indy last year with his cool head and technical acumen, ended the day seven miles per hour faster than his Thursday best before drawing 21st spot for Saturday’s qualifying session.

Hanley said, “We spent our first proper day on track on developing a solid basic set-up for the race. We worked though a lot of options, but the tricky conditions made it harder to read the effect of various changes over the course of the day. All the same, we were able to identify a few issues we think we can improve for qualifying and the race.”

The team’s number 81 machine sports a striking new livery and new sponsors for the 500, including Chevrolet Accessories, DragonSpeed IMSA LMP2 partner Flex-Box, Toledo Building Services, and Endeavor Business Media’s Electronic Design and Machine Design titles, plus continuing support from 10Star Solutions, Rembrandt Charms, and Motul.

DragonSpeed and Hanley On Track for St Pete IndyCar Opener

13 January 2020 – The 10Star DragonSpeed team is gearing up for the season-opening round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on 13-15 March, confirming that Ben Hanley – who maintains his rookie status, having run three IndyCar races with the team last season – will pilot its Chevy-powered Dallara chassis around the streets of the Gulf Coast city.
The 34-year-old Hanley said, “I can’t wait to get back in the number 81 machine for another crack at St Pete. After the thrash required just to make it to the track last season, we’re coming back in a much more settled situation. I don’t know if we can repeat the combination of luck and timing that put us 12th on the grid in 2019, but we will be much better prepared this time around and should be stronger throughout the weekend.”
DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian said, “The continuity represented by having Ben in the car at St Pete is a real boost, and for the fifth year in a row he remains the lead driver across all of our programs. That said, the realities of life as a young IndyCar team might see us running other drivers at the same level as Ben, perhaps with more IndyCar experience, during the year. But committing to Ben as the test and race driver for the launch of our 2020 effort is clearly the best way to get our season off to a strong start.”
Julian added, “We haven’t had the head start of some teams in testing the new IndyCar Aeroscreen and are pushing hard to get it in time to maximise the limited track testing allowed to us as a part-time entrant, while making some time in between for data analysis and shaker rig testing.”
DragonSpeed’s next event is the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance classic on 25-26 January, where the Indianapolis-based squad will defend its 2019 LMP2 class victory after setting the fastest time at the official pre-race test.

DragonSpeed Indy 500 Team Storylines

DragonSpeed Indy 500 Team Storylines 19 May 2019 – Having earned a row nine starting position for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in yesterday’s dramatic qualifying, debutant team DragonSpeed and rookie driver Ben Hanley are looking forward to the coming week’s preparations for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” on and off track. With interest…

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DragonSpeed to Focus on 2020 IndyCar Plans Over WEC Return

SOURCE: DRAGON SPEED PR 18 May 2019 – DragonSpeed, the international sportscar team which has won endurance races in IMSA, ELMS, and FIA WEC competition this year, will focus its energies on expanding its current schedule of selected NTT IndyCar Series events in 2020. DragonSpeed Team Principal Elton Julian said, “The Le Mans 24 Hours next…

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Solid First Steps for Hanley and DragonSpeed in IndyCar Debut

12 March 2019 – Globetrotting sportscar racing team DragonSpeed launched its 2019 NTT IndyCar Series program with a solid finish in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. On his IndyCar debut and first single-seater race since 2010, British driver Ben Hanley claimed 18th place with a steady run, rewarding three weeks of intense effort by the DragonSpeed crew since taking delivery of its Dallara IR18-Chevrolet machine.
 
After each of its three practice sessions were cut short by technical issues, the 2019 Rolex 24 LMP2 class winners’ luck turned in qualifying. The team’s eagerness to try out the softer red-sidewalled Firestone tires allowed Hanley to set a fast time on his first flying lap before the session was interrupted by the first of two red flags, securing a surprise 12th starting slot on the 24-car grid.
 
The race was less dramatic, with Hanley running as high as eighth and 12th at various stages; leading entries from the Foyt, Coyne, and Carpenter teams before his first pit stop; and reeling off a notably consistent series of laps in the mid-1m03s range during his final stint. The result also netted 12 championship points for the Elton Julian-led squad.
 
“It’s been a really positive weekend,” said Ben Hanley. “We knew we were jumping in at the deep end, so simply finishing is an achievement in itself. Our longest run before the race was just eight laps, so we learned a lot more about the car today and tried out some aspects of IndyCar racing that are totally new to us, like the push-to-pass. I have to thank Elton for turning this dream into a reality, the crew’s fantastic race prep and pit stops, and the engineers who made the car more competitive each time out.”
 
“Today was a vital first step which gives us a solid basis for further improvement,” said Elton Julian. “Running the full distance let us get a feel for how an IndyCar race unfolds and even experiment a bit with strategies and settings. Despite the car only running for the first time last Monday and our problems in practice, we not only finished but hauled ourselves to within a second of the midfield pace over the course of the weekend. I’m super proud of Ben and the team, and grateful to the IndyCar paddock for the welcome and support they’ve given us – we’re honored to be part of this great show.”
 
After contesting next weekend’s 1000 Miles of Sebring round of the FIA World Endurance Championship with its regular LMP1 and LMP2 entries, DragonSpeed’s next IndyCar outing will be at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park on 4-6 April. The Indianapolis 500, Road America, and Mid-Ohio will complete the team’s IndyCar 2019 pilot program as it seeks backing for a full season in 2020.

DragonSpeed Back to US with IndyCar Series Program

17 December 2018 – American endurance racing team DragonSpeed will return to US competition in 2019. Its rookie IndyCar Series season will cover five races, highlighted by the 103rd Indianapolis 500 in May. The 2017 European Le Mans Series champions will also be in action Stateside with their regular LMP1 and LMP2 machinery at the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona season-opener in January and the Sebring 1000 Miles round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in March, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
For its IndyCar Series debut, DragonSpeed has secured Chevrolet power for a new Dallara chassis to be driven by Ben Hanley. The 33-year-old Briton enters his fourth season with the team, having built a name as one of the world’s leading sportscar pilots. The new combination will make its track debut at the official pre-season test at the Circuit of the Americas on 12-13 February.
The remainder of DragonSpeed’s IndyCar Series schedule will include St Petersburg, Barber, Road America, and Mid-Ohio with the goal of accommodating its WEC commitments and exposing the team to a variety of tracks in readiness for its target of a full season in 2020.
Team principal Elton Julian said, “IndyCar is enjoying a major upswing thanks to the quality of the racing produced by the current regulations. The fans see it, the teams see it, the manufacturers and sponsors see it, and I think NBC saw it when they decided to take on the television coverage. With so much interest from new entrants, we’re also grateful for IndyCar’s support of our bid to join the series and to Chevy for making room for us in their engine program.”
“For the team, it’s a matter of our growing experience catching up to our ambitions. The last few seasons of endurance racing have given us an intensive platform for developing our preparation, race engineering, pit stop, and strategy skills. We also have strong open-wheel credentials up and down the team, and Ben’s pace and exceptional detail feel for set-up and tires should be a great asset.”
“None of this is to underplay the difficulty of the challenge ahead, because IndyCar is the toughest series we’ve ever contested, with the world’s biggest race as its centerpiece. On the other hand, we didn’t go from club racing a decade ago to a Pirelli World Challenge title in 2015 to prototypes at Le Mans without climbing a few mountains, and I take a lot of confidence from the talent and spirit of the people we’ve put together for the next summit.”
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