Sebastien Bourdais finds himself without a teammate this weekend as his Dragon Racing squad has pared its effort from the two-car Indy team to a single-car entity for the foreseeable future.
The team showed up at Belle Isle with Bourdais as the driver of what is now the #7 TrueCar Dallara/Chevrolet, with teammate Katherine Legge sidelined for the foreseeable future – in a move that is owing to the team’s Indianapolis divorce with Lotus.
The California-based team got out of its Lotus contract in favor of Chevy power for Indy, but the move forced Dragon to drop back to one car, as Chevrolet was unable to support another two-car entry with engine support after Indianapolis
But the loss of Legge as a teammate has affected the four-time series champion far less than the lack of grip in his race car, which he struggled with during the opening practice of this weekend’s Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix.
“We really thought we’d be a lot better so far but this morning the car was all over the place,” Bourdais said. “Front end, back end, just couldn’t get any grip.”
The #7 car was four seconds off the leader’s pace in morning practice, although the morning session was held on a wet track with about half the field electing not to even attempt laps.
Bourdais and the Dragon squad will have another chance to improve its lot this afternoon as the field gets another hour of practice leading into tomorrow’s qualifying session.