Upcoming changes for Vasser Sullivan and DCR


Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan expect to enter their sixth season of collaboration in 2022 with the # 18 Honda NTT IndyCar Series. And if long-standing plans for Vasser and Sullivan come to fruition by the end of next season, the duo have targeted 2023 as the perfect time to field their own IndyCar program from the same base where their two IMSA WeatherTech cars. SportsCar Championship Lexus The RC F GT3 effort is accommodated.

“Jimmy and I fully intend to have our sports car and IndyCar programs under one roof at our store in North Carolina,” Sullivan told RACER. “But it won’t be in 2022.”

After purchasing his own Dallara DW12 chassis for use at Dale Coyne Racing, providing an engineering transporter and other equipment to support DCR’s collective effort, Vasser Sullivan has already amassed a significant portion of the assets needed to campaign. full-time IndyCar.

The 1996 CART IndyCar Series champion and his businessman / team owner partner have been on the road to independence since a new department store was established in recent years. Similar to his IndyCar partnership with Coyne, Vasser Sullivan initially relied on another team, AIM Autosport of Canada, to line up their Lexus GT Daytona program before setting up their own workshop and taking the cars in-house. without the continued support of AIM.

Until Vasser Sullivan develops as a self-sustaining IndyCar team, the most immediate task for DCR to solve with Vasser Sullivan is how to get his Honda schedule out of a disastrous season where the DCR rider from comeback Ed Jones has only one top 10 in the first 10 races.

Getting caught up in other people’s crashes, like this one in Texas, has been an unfortunate feature of Jones’ season in the No.18 Vasser Sullivan. Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Currently 21st in the championship, this is the worst performance of the No.18 with one of the drivers who have occupied the seat since the start of the co-participation in 2017. more than its fair share of adversity this season, a new driver should be installed after the end of the championship in September.

“The 2022 season is going to be different,” Sullivan said. “We are all discussing what next year will look like and are weighing our options. We have to be true to ourselves. We are not here to participate; we are here to compete.

With DCR with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean confirmed to drive for another team next season, DCR could return with a 100% full-time driver change for the third year in a row.

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