Dragon Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais suffered through a tough start to the 2013 IndyCar Series season, but with an engineering change prior to the Toronto double-header, the four-time Champ Car champion has been on a tear. Four top-10s from the last five races, including a second and a pair of thirds, has vaulted the Frenchman to 13th in the standings, and with this weekend’s double-header in Houston a track he dominated in 2006 and 2007 more podiums could be on the way.
His teammate, 23-year-old Colombian Sebastian Saavedra, has shown flashes of speed this season and posted his best result of the year with a run to eighth at Baltimore. Between the two Chevy-powered Dragon entries, team owner Jay Penske has seen his Los Angeles-based squad develop into a serious contender in the final months of the championship, and with planning for 2014 underway, he says a return for Dragon’s eighth season of IndyCar competition is in the works.
“We’re working our behinds off to win one of these final three races of the year and I believe we’ve built a team that’s capable of doing so,” Penske told RACER. “I want to find a way to work with both of these drivers in the future; we’ve shown with Bourdais that he’s an incredible driver and we came close to winning art Baltimore, but at times, I also think the team behind him doesn’t get enough credit, and there are some incredible mechanics and engineers and crew that make it all possible. And Sebastian [Saavedra] has also been a great addition to our team and has a lot of promise. There’s more for us to do.”
Penske recently announced Dragon’s entry into the FIA Formula E championship for electric cars that will debut next September. Along with his IndyCar program, Dragon’s Formula E effort could see his current drivers involved as the team contests both series.
“I believe that Bourdais and Saavedra will be working with us in the future and we’re still very much planning on running in IndyCar in the future,” he added. “How many races? What’s the schedule? A full [season] versus Indy only? That’s the question for us right now. We’re looking at all of our options. That’s where we are today.”