You may have noticed that you haven’t seen a lot of one of IndyCar’s newest teams much lately. See, DragonSpeed was supposed to make more of a mark over here in the United States in 2019. They ran in the season opener on the streets of St. Pete back in March. Driver Ben Hanley qualified 12th and finished 18th in the teams debut.
Two races later, they started 24th and finished 21st in Barber. Then, came the tall task of being one of the three teams to not miss the Indianapolis 500. It worked. DragonSpeed was arguably one of the bigger stories during Time Trail weekend with not only them making the show, they made it solidly.
Hanley, qualified 27th for the race. During the Month of May, owner Elton Julian announced that they’d end LMP1 action in the WEC for hopes of making more Indy Car races in 2020.
Everything looked good on their front. Their next race was slated to be in this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening anymore.
While their future plans are still to race in Indy Car, the team has encountered some problems with a visa. They’re not being able to reenter the US very easily which has prompted them to skip this weekend’s race.
The original schedule was supposed to be St. Pete, Barber, Indy 500, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.
@IndyCar Fans! We are still alive!! We’ve had 3 more Endurance races since our magical outing at @IMS. Unfortunately, we have been stung by Visa issues for our crew & driver & are awaiting resolution by .gov. This will NOT discourage us from our eventual planned return.