DragonSpeed driver Ben Hanley says that he and the team are under no illusions ahead of their IndyCar Series debut at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in March.
Speaking to the official IndyCar Series website, Hanley said that they know it is going to be a tough year in 2019.
The Englishman said:
There are positive points, but for us the goal is to make the first collective test and be able to be on track with the rest of the guys at the same time to judge where the weaknesses are and where we most need to improve. We’ve got no experience in Indy cars from an engineering or driving point of view, so it’s going to be an uphill task. We’re viewing it as a long-term project, which is the correct way to do it.
Hanley 33, goes into the series as a complete rookie but is hopeful that his experience in endurance racing will help him to get up to speed with IndyCar quickly.
DragonSpeed are scheduled to race in St Pete, Barber Motorsports Park, the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, Road America and the race in Mid-Ohio.
The team are hoping that the experience from competition in those races will hold them in good stead for a full time programme in 2020.