IndyCar team sues Group Lotus
8 May 2012 – Dragon Racing, one of the teams contesting America’s IndyCar Series, is to sue Group Lotus, the name behind the Lotus Formula 1, for an amount of 4.6 million dollars (£2.84m). The squad is demanding the amount in damages, claiming that the engine supplier has been spreading ‘especially outrageous’ lies about the team.
For 2012, IndyCar has welcomed two new engine manufacturers, with both Lotus and Chevrolet joining the grid to challenge Honda. So far the majority of Lotus-supplied teams have hit out at the company for underperforming and unreliable products, which in-turn follows a massive shortage of engines on the run-up to the season.
According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit by Dragon – which runs Katherine Legge and former F1 racer Sébastien Bourdais as drivers - was filed on Friday in the California Superior Court in Los Angeles.
‘Put simply, Dragon has had enough of Lotus' deceit and wrongdoing,’ the lawsuit states. ‘Dragon has put an end to its ill-fated relationship with Lotus and now seeks recompense for the damages inflicted upon it.’
Only four races into the season, Lotus is now left with just one customer team.