Dragon Racing (formerly Luczo-Dragon Racing) is an American auto racing team that is involved in many areas of motorsport. Dragon Racing was founded in 2007 by Jay Penske and Stephen J. Luczo. The team competed in the IndyCar Series from 2007 until 2014, and in 2014 Dragon Racing became one of the founding FIA Formula E teams. Dragon Racing is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and has additional operations in Great Britain at the Donington Park racing circuit.
Stephen J. Luczo
|Base||Los Angeles, California and Donington Park, UK.|
|Team principal(s)||Jay Penske|
|Current series||FIA Formula E|
|Former series||IndyCar Series|
|Current drivers|| Jose Maria Lopez|
Dragon Racing is currently competing in the Formula E Championship. The Penske led team finished 2nd (runner-up) in the inaugural 2014-15 Formula E season with drivers Loïc Duval and Jérôme d'Ambrosio. Dragon Racing have won two races in Formula E. Jérôme d'Ambrosio took victory at the 2015 Berlin ePrix after Lucas di Grassi was disqualified with Loïc Duval finishing in third, and d'Ambrosio was again awarded the victory at the 2016 Mexico ePrix, again after di Grassi was disqualified after the race had finished.
Luczo Dragon RacingEdit
The team debuted as Luczo Dragon Racing in 2007. The team fielded a one-off entry at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 with driver Ryan Briscoe. Jay Penske and Stephen J. Luczo were co-owners. Briscoe qualified 7th and finished 5th at Indianapolis 500. The car was notable for being painted in a "retro" paint schemes to resemble Rick Mears' 1988 Indianapolis 500 winning car, with Norton software as the lead sponsor.
Luczo Dragon ran a six-race schedule in 2008 including the Indianapolis 500 with IndyCar veteran Tomas Scheckter, this time without support or cars from Penske Racing. While qualifying well, qualifying 3rd and leading numerous laps at the Indy 500 before being knocked out by mechanical trouble.
The team expanded to a full-time entrant in 2009, fielding 2008 Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos. Matos and the Dragon Racing team went on to win the Rookie of Year honors in 2009 and scored multiple top-10 finishes.
In February 2011, Jay Penske re-branded the team as Dragon Racing in April 2011 and jointly announced that Paul Tracy had signed a five-race deal to compete for the team. Additionally the team entered two cars in the Indy 500 for drivers Scott Speed and Ho-Pin Tung. Tung crashed his car during qualifying and suffered a concussion crashing with only two corners to go, Tung would have qualified in the top 5. Scott Speed was unable to get his car up to speed, and the team let him go during practice.
In January 2012, Dragon Racing had operations in Indianapolis and Los Angeles. It entered two cars in the 2012 IndyCar Series season; one driven by Katherine Legge, and the other driven by four-time Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais, but on June 1, 2012, it was revealed that they would reduce operations to just 1 team with Bourdais driving the street courses and Legge on the ovals. Bourdais finished 25th in points with a best finish of fourth. Legge finished 26th with a best finish of 9th.
On February 12, 2013, it was announced that Sebastián Saavedra would be joining the team for the 2013 season in the No. 6 car while Bourdais would return in the No. 7. Bourdais and team continued to dominate at Road and Street courses capturing three podium finishes, including two in the double-header in Toronto. Saavedra finished 21st in points, last among full-time drivers, with two top-10 finishes. In 2014, the team left IndyCar racing to focus on the new Formula E electric powered series.
Formula E (2014-present)Edit
Dragon Racing started the inaugural 2014-15 Formula E season with drivers Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Oriol Servià. After four rounds Servià retired from racing in order to take up an executive position within the team, he was replaced by French driver Loïc Duval. The two drivers remained with the team the rest of the season as well as the two following seasons.
Dragon Racing was off the pace of the top teams in the opening 2/3 of the season, but showed great reliability and consistency which kept them within striking distance of the top teams. Despite sitting in 6th in the Teams Championships for the majority of the season Dragon Racing achieved 4 podiums and a win at the 2015 Berlin ePrix in the final four rounds of the championship. Due to their late season form Dragon Racing finished 2nd in the championship having surpassed ABT in the final round with an impressive double podium finish.
Dragon started the 2015-16 campaign in similar fashion to their impressive season ending form from the prior season with a 4th and 5th-place finish in the opening round. Both drivers failed to finish in Putragya having both been in contention of a podium finish due to reliability on d'Ambrosio car and a driver error by Loïc Duval. At the Punta del Este ePrix Dragon Racing achieved their first front row lockout with d'Ambrosio on pole and Duval in second having capitalized on Buemi and Di Grassi mistakes in qualifying. In the race the Dragon cars could only manage 3rd and 4th having lacked the pass of the ABT and Renault cars of Lucus Di Grassi and race winner Sebastien Buemi. At the inaugural Mexican ePrix d'Ambrosio finished 2nd but was later promoted to the win as a result of di Grassi being disqualified.
Duval and d'Ambrosio were retained for the 2016-17 championship with the team manufacturing its own drivetrain (after sharing with Venturi) and forming a partnership with Faraday Future. In contrast to their previous two seasons, the team struggled throughout, finishing eighth in the constructors' championship on thirty three points with Duval and d'Ambrosio finishing fifteenth and nineteenth in the drivers' standings.
In 2017, d'Ambrosio was signed for a fourth season, while Duval left the team and was replaced by WEC racer Neel Jani. After the first race weekend of the season, Jani left the team having finished 18th in both races. Jose Maria Lopez replaced Jani for the rest of the season. Dragon Racing finished 9th in the teams' championship, with d'Ambrosio finishing 14th and Lopez 17th in the drivers' championship.
- Ryan Briscoe (2007)
- Tomas Scheckter (2008)
- Raphael Matos (2009–2010)
- Patrick Carpentier1 (2011)
- Scott Speed1 (2011)
- Paul Tracy (2011)
- Ho-Pin Tung (2011)
- Katherine Legge (2012)
- Sébastien Bourdais (2012–2013)
- Sebastián Saavedra (2013)
- Oriol Servià (2014-2015)
- Jérôme d'Ambrosio (2014–2018)
- Loïc Duval (2015–2017)
- Mike Conway (2017)
- Neel Jani (2017)
- Maximilian Günther (2018-Present)
- Jose Maria Lopez (2018–Present)
- Felipe Nasr (2019)
Complete Formula E ResultsEdit
|2014–15||Spark-Renault SRT 01E||M||BEI||PUT||PDE||BUE||MIA||LBH||MCO||BER||MSC||LON||171||2nd|
|José María López||6||Ret||12||8||17†||10||18||12||Ret||Ret|
|7||José María López||Ret||11||9||17||11||Ret||16||13||10|
* Season still in progress.
Complete IndyCar Series ResultsEdit
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