The Only Way Is Up!
The DragonSpeed NTT IndyCar Series team didn’t exist three months ago yet on March 10th they had a car on the grid for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Ben Hanley competed the race in the No.81 10Star DragonSpeed Chevrolet.
Speaking to the NTT IndyCar Series mobile app, team owner Elton Julian said:
The only way is up. “I think we achieved all the little non-results-oriented targets, which was to run the race, learn how the tires go on the long run, how the degradation works, the different potential strategies that present themselves. You can only watch so much stuff on YouTube before you have to actually run the race and in the heat of the moment make the calls.
The DragonSpeed NTT IndyCar Series programme is made up of personnel from their World Endurance Championship team and that experience helped the team to finish in 18th place for Ben Hanley.
Speaking about the Englishman, Julian said:
“He’s a known quantity and a big part of the reason I trusted him to kind of shepherd us through this phase. “We were very respectful of the other racers who were there to fight for points and championships and even a weekend result. We probably lost a little bit of time being too polite, but it was part of the job. I thought (Hanley) was fantastic and really pleased with the job he did. I was really impressed, but not surprised.
The team will be back in action for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 7.