INDIANAPOLIS - Remember those slow Lotus engines in last year's Indianapolis 500? They won't be around this year.
IndyCar announced Friday that Lotus is no longer under obligation to supply engines for the series.
"We appreciate the effort that Lotus made in helping return manufacturer competition to the IZOD IndyCar Series," said Brian Barnhart, president of operations and strategy, in a news release. "However, Lotus has made a business decision not to return in 2013 and asked for its release. We wish them well and would welcome their participation again in the future."
"The decision not to continue was not an easy one, and Lotus does not discount the possibility to re-enter the series at some time in the future," as Aslam Farikullah, Lotus chief operating officer. "For the time being, Lotus will focus on core business activities as a leading sports car manufacturer and world-class engineering consultancy."
Both Lotus engine entrants in the 2012 race were black flagged on lap 11 because they were too slow to keep up with the field.
Chevrolet and Honda will supply engines for the 2013 season.