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Dragon set to contract to one-car line-up

However, Jay Penske clearly remains hopeful that Chevrolet will be able to supply an additional engine lease later in the year, and has opted to retain all the personnel from the existing #6 and #7 car teams and not to streamline the operation into a one-team set-up for the time being.

Penske confirmed to the Indianapolis Star on Wednesday that the one-car line-up would be in place for at least the next two months while he worked on getting the additional lease.

The news means that the field will now consist of 25 regular entries for the foreseeable future, with 13 powered by Chevrolet and 11 with Honda engines, leaving HVM's Simona de Silvestro the sole Lotus representative.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing had hoped to run a second car for 2011 GP2 Series runner-up Luca Filippi, but still faces problems with the Italian's financial backing together with the lack of an available Honda engine after team owner Bobby Rahal passed on his original lease option to Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing just before the first race of the 2012 season at St Petersburg.




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Buck - Unregistered

June 02, 2012 3:31 PM

Another Mickey Mouse move. No engines..what a joke. I feel sorry for Legge. She brings all the sponsor money then gets dumped. Hooray she gets to run some ovals in June.. then the last race of the season. Tony George and family should be ashamed of how they ruined racing in North America. Not going to watch this "who cares" racing anymore! .

MartinJSUK

May 31, 2012 4:14 PM

Lotus theoretically agreed to supply 10 cars, who knew they wouldn't be able to manage 2? Bit unfair to blame IndyCar for the situation, both Chevy and Honda have already gone beyond what was asked of them.



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