The 2012 season was filled with nothing but disappointmentfor HVM Racing and driver Simona de Silvestro. After an at-times impressive 2011 season, the HVM team made the ill-fated offseason move to sign a deal with Lotus to be their engine supplier for the 2012 season. Big mistake. HVM floundered for the whole season, stuck with an engine that was usually anywhere between 2 to 4 times worse than rival Honda and Chevy engines on a given race weekend. And that’s not even taking the ubiquitous mechanical woes courtesy of the Lotus engine into account.
While most of the original Lotus teams broke their contracts and went with other engine suppliers at some point during the season, HVM was the only one to honor their deal through the end of the season. They certainly paid for it, as the best finish De Silvestro could muster all season was a paltry 13th place at Belle Isle. Despite the evident talent of De Silvestro, her and HVM Racing limped home at the end of the season a distant 24th in the final series standings, last among drivers who ran the full schedule. It is not known whether or not HVM Racing will be back with Lotus in 2013, but it will likely be another long season if they choose to do so.
Dragon Racing, much like HVM Racing, was a victim of the historically awful Lotus engine in 2012, and their season was marked by severe disappointment as a result. Despite having a championship caliber driver in Sebastien Bourdais and a capable but unproven pilot in Katherine Legge, Dragon Racing roundly struggled for the duration of 2012 up until a midseason decision was reached to switch to Chevrolet engines and contract to a single car organization. Bourdais and Legge split the rest of the season’s races as the team turned its attention to 2013.
Dragon Racing was mostly a mid pack squad for the majority of the season with Chevy power, and Bourdais managed to have a few good runs here and there when he was in the car. But by and large, it would be hard to quantify the 2012 season as a success for Dragon Racing. Look for them to come in to 2013 with a renewed focus and a more competitive fleet of cars.
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