American race team DragonSpeed, known for its endurance prowess, has announced its intention to participate in five 2019 IndyCar Series races including the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
In its debut IndyCar season, DragonSpeed will field a Chevrolet-powered Dallara for driver Ben Hanley at St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, the Indy 500, Road America and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Hanley, who has raced sports cars with the team for three years, will join the team in using the varied collection of races to get a head start on a full-season run in 2020.
“IndyCar is enjoying a major upswing thanks to the quality of the racing produced by the current regulations,” said DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian. “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.”
In addition to open-wheel racing in the United States, the team will also compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 1000 Miles of Sebring in March.
DragonSpeed’s first IndyCar test will be February 12–13, 2019 at Circuit of The Americas ahead of IndyCar’s March 10 season opener in St. Petersburg.