Dragon Racing confirmed Thursday that it will consolidate into one full-time entry with driving duties being shared by Katherine Legge and Sebastien Bourdais for the remainder of the 2012 season. In addition to consolidating driving duties, this merger also includes Dragon Racing's sponsors and partners, so the car will run as the No. 7 when Bourdais is driving and the No. 6 when Legge races the car.
Bourdais will be behind the wheel this weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on June 3, while Legge will take over in Texas on June 9. Legge will again drive the No. 6 TrueCar Dragon Racing entry at Milwaukee on June 14, a track where she had one of her career best performances in Champ Car, including leading the race.
Thereafter, she will run at the Iowa, while Bourdais competes at Toronto and Edmonton, tracks at which he has scored multiple wins. The team will continue to work closely with Chevrolet to add the second engine where possible, but in the interim, will consolidate its efforts to create the strongest possible single entry for each race.
"I'd love to have two Chevrolets on track every weekend, but I remain extremely grateful to Chevy for stepping in at the last minute and providing us not only the two engines for Indy, but also committing to provide us full support for a single entry for the rest of the season which they were under no obligation to do" said team owner Jay Penske. "It has been a tough season thus far, and I've had to make some difficult choices, but I've done so with the ultimate goal of winning races and doing what is best for the team and our partners. I think with the experience of our crew, our engineers, and drivers, and the tremendous support of our partners, this team is capable of winning races this year despite the setbacks we have encountered."
The teams sponsors expressed their support for the new arrangement.
"We're very excited about our continued partnership with Dragon Racing and Chevrolet," said Scott Painter, founder and CEO of TrueCar. "Moreover the addition of such strong technology partners to the No. 6 and No. 7 TrueCar Dragon Racing entry, and the combination of Katherine, who is our leader of our TrueCar Racing effort and the first ever all women racing team, and Sebastien, one of the most successful open wheel racers and four-time champion – this is sure to be a winning combination."
"We are extremely pleased with the results at the Indianapolis 500" added Todd Gebhart, McAfee's Co-President. "We have been a proud partner and supporter of Dragon Racing since 2009, and are excited to see what can be achieved with Seb and Katherine at the wheel of the Chevy powered DW12 for the remainder of the season."