Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Luczo Dragon & de Ferran Merge

Luczo Dragon Racing and Gil de Ferran Motorsports have merged. de Ferran is now co-owner, Managing partner and President of Luczo Dragon Racing/de Ferran Motorsports.

More info should surface later today.

“We have been talking to Gil about this for some time and we felt this was the perfect opportunity to combine our resources. Gil has the experience of working with major manufacturers and leading racing teams all over the world and we feel we can bring the essential business acumen and managerial expertise to the operation. Our skills are highly complementary and we all have the same vision and ambitions. We’re very excited about the direction of our team." - Steve Luczo

“Gil and I have known each other for 10 years – when he started racing for my father. Gil has always had ambitions outside of the car and Steve and I have been talking to him about working together for some time. Luczo Dragon Racing and de Ferran Motorsports will live together. We all share the same vision for the future in this industry and with our combined skills we are confident that we can make a real success story of this new venture. We have the resources and the knowledge to build a great motorsport organization together.” - Jay Penske

“This is a hugely exciting announcement. Our aim is to put together a state-of-the-art motorsports operation with a sharp focus in high technology and developing the science of performance. We have a very talented driver in Raphael Matos who has been a winner at every level he raced and showed great potential already last year, becoming rookie of the year. The foundation is set and with our collective resources and leadership we hope to break new ground and become one of the most competitive teams in the IZOD IndyCar series.” -Gil de Ferran


This is excellent news. I also saw on Wikipedia (which, as we all know, is oh-so-accurate all the time) that the primary sponsorship for Matos will be Hewlett-Packard/McAfee and that Davey Hamilton will run his partial schedule in the second car for Luczo Dragon.

If this were true, it would mean that the Air Force and Marines have taken their sponsorship elsewhere. Could they be with Rahal? I hope so.

USAF is still a partner with Luczo Dragon Racing

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