Posted April 24, 2012 on AP on Fox

HOMESTEAD, FL - MARCH 4: Bryan Herta driver of the #7 Andretti Green Racing XM Satellite Radio Dallara Honda poses during the media day portrait session at the testing for the IRL Indycar Series on March 4, 2006 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Struggling engine manufacturer Lotus released Bryan Herta Autosport and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing from its IndyCar engine contracts Tuesday. The release clears the two teams to cut new deals with powerhouse manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda, and leaves Lotus with just three cars spanning two teams. BHA had already said it would not take Alex Tagliani to Sunday's race at Brazil, while DRR driver Oriol Servia will make his final start with a Lotus this weekend. ''It was clear from the start that the 2012 season was going to be a huge challenge as Lotus debuted its IndyCar engine, but it was a challenge that Lotus was determined to meet,'' Lotus said in a statement. Letting BHA and DRR go probably helps Lotus, which has not been able to build enough engines and lags far behind the other manufacturers in horsepower. A reduced workload could give Lotus a chance to catch up. It's teams have been severely restricted in testing this season because of a lack of engine availability, and...
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