LEEDS, Ala. — Davey Hamilton will pilot a second de Ferran Luczo Dragon entry in three races during the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series campaign.
Hamilton is scheduled to enter the Indianapolis 500, the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway and another oval race that will be determined later as a teammate to Raphael Matos. It will be his first multi-race IndyCar schedule since he suffered multiple broken bones in his legs in a 2001 crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
“I have known Davey for many years and he still harbors strong ambitions as a driver particularly regarding the Indy 500. He has also shown a keen interest in helping develop our team and young drivers,” de Ferran Luczo Dragon President and Managing Partner Gil de Ferran said. “He is a highly experienced oval driver that can not only bring us a good result, but very importantly, can help bring us a point of reference and lift the whole team’s performance. His presence in the team I am sure will be beneficial to Rafa, who for the first time will have a teammate in IndyCar.”
Hamilton, the IndyCar Series runner up in 1997 and 1998, has more than 25 years of experience as a race car driver, including nine years and 51 races in the IndyCar Series. He has posted eight podiums and 15 top-10 finishes, including three top 10s in nine Indianapolis 500 starts.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with de Ferran Luczo Dragon team,” Hamilton said. “They have proven in a short time that they have what it takes to be competitive, and I believe this is a great opportunity for me to put a strong showing at the Indy 500. Raphael Matos is a great talent and I look forward to being his teammate and working together to help improve our on track performance.”
Following his 2001 crash, Hamilton endured 21 surgeries to reconstruct his feet. He returned to the cockpit for the Indianapolis 500 in 2007 and finished ninth. He has entered the last three Indy 500s.