Indianapolis 500 regulars Dreyer & Reinbold and ex-World Endurance Championship squad DragonSpeed will both expand their Chevrolet-powered IndyCar programmes in 2020.
Dreyer & Reinbold – which uses Chevrolet power – has competed exclusively in the Indianapolis 500 in recent years, while maintaining a consistent presence in the second-tier of US rallycross, running in Global Rallycross Lites and Americas Rallycross’ ARX2 series.
This year the team, with driver Sage Karam, is set to race in the season opener at St. Petersburg, the Indy GP road course at Indianapolis, the Indy 500, and at Toronto. It is the teams most comprehensive IndyCar schedule for seven years.
JR Hildebrand had formed a two car team for the squad in the last two Indy 500s, scoring 11th in 2018.
The last time the team ran multiple races was 2013 when it entered in five events.
It last ran a full campaign in 2012 – when it scored fourth in the Indy 500 with Oriol Servia – and has not won a race since 2000 when Robbie Buhl won on the team’s debut at the Walt Disney World Speedway.
DragonSpeed also expanding
Sportscar outfit DragonSpeed is another team set to expand its IndyCar presence this year.
After competing in three races in 2019, the Chevrolet-powered team is set to double its schedule in 2020.
It will once again race in the season opener at St. Petersburg and the Indy 500, while adding Long Beach, Texas, Mid-Ohio, and the finale at Laguna Seca to its schedule. It misses the Barber Motorsports Park round it contested last year.
Ben Hanley will drive for the team again, having scored a best finish of 18th at St Petersburg last year.
“I can’t wait to get back in the No. 81 machine for another crack at St Pete,” said Hanley.
“After the thrash required just to make it to the track last season, we’re coming back in a much more settled situation.
“I don’t know if we can repeat the combination of luck and timing that put us 12th on the grid in 2019, but we will be much better prepared this time around and should be stronger throughout the weekend.”