The Penske-owned Dragon Racing Formula E team will make it to the starting grid. A source at the new US team confirmed that the outfit would be competing in the electric racing series, despite appearing to be a long way behind other teams. “We have all our personnel in place. We’re here,” he said.
Rumours had been circulating in the past three weeks that the team would drop out, compounded by a lack of media presence, dearth of team personnel announcements, and no staff present at the HQ opening to take receipt of the first Spark-Renault.
Current E understands that the team will be headed up by Paul Woolnough, who will arrive in the UK later today. Woolnough is something of a media business expert; he’s worked with Dragon’s owner Jay Penske for a decade at media company PMC, where he is responsible for business development and strategic relationship activities including mergers, acquisitions and communications.
While Dragon may not be ready to participate in the initial familiarisation runs others teams will be making tomorrow, the team does expect to be level pegging when the first public tests in July roll around. We’ll know more about the team and its plans next week.