INDIANAPOLIS — After spending the last two years as driver and owner of de Ferran Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series, Gil de Ferran will join forces with Luczo Dragon Racing team owners Steve Luczo and Jay Penske in the IZOD IndyCar Series this year.
De Ferran will become co-owner, president and managing partner of Luczo Dragon Racing/de Ferran Motorsports alongside Luczo and Penske.
“We have been talking to Gil about this for some time and we felt this was the perfect opportunity to combine our resources,” Luczo said. “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.”
The team will continue to field an entry for driver Raphael Matos this season under the new ownership group according to de Ferran. Matos joined the team in 2009.
“This is a hugely exciting announcement,” de Ferran said. “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 and I have known each other for 10 years — when he started racing for my father,” said Jay Penske, son of racing pioneer Roger Penske. “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.”
Luczo Dragon Racing was formed in 2007 with Ryan Briscoe finishing fifth in the Indianapolis 500, the first race the team entered. The team ran its first full season last year with Matos at the wheel.