Benjamin Hugo Hanley is a British racing driver who was a part of Renault F1 Team's Renault Driver Development Program from 2006 to 2008.[1] He raced two seasons part time in the NTT IndyCar Series.[2] Currently he is racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Dragonspeed Racing.

Career

Hanley had a successful career in karting, winning a number of championships and individual races and coming close to winning the Karting World Championship. He made his debut in Single-seater cars in the 2005 Formula Renault 2.0 Italia series, and finished 3rd driving for Cram Competition. He then raced in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2006 and in 2007 he finished as runner-up in the championship, driving for Prema Powerteam.[1] He was signed to drive for Campos Racing in early 2008, partnering Vitaly Petrov.[3] He also joined the team for the second round of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series, scoring a podium finish in his first GP2 race. After three races of the season Hanley and Campos parted company, but he secured a drive with Durango before the next race.[4] He replaced Marcello Puglisi, who was in turn deputising for the injured Davide Valsecchi. However, this was only a one-off drive, as Valsecchi returned to racing action at the next round of the championship.[5] He began 2009 without a drive, but joined the Euroseries 3000 mid-season and won during his first event in the category. He also returned to karting in 2009, finishing third in the Karting World Championship.[6]

IndyCar

On December 17, 2018, it was announced that Hanley would compete in 5 IndyCar races, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500, with DragonSpeed in 2019. Only three of those races were fulfilled because of visa issues, and he could not compete in the Championship beyond the Indianapolis 500. The No. 81 qualified 27th and then Finished 32nd in the race after a mechanical issue.

In January 2020 it was confirmed that he would return with Dragonspeed.[7] The team planned to enter 6 races, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca races were cancelled, and the team did not field an entry for Texas. On August 8, the team announced that Hanley would drive their entry for the Indianapolis 500, which was held on August 23. With little preparation time, the team had numerous mechanical issues in practice, resulting in qualifying in the 33rd and last position. The car finished the race in 23rd place.

On October 28, 2020 the team shuttered their IndyCar Series program and sold their IndyCar assets to Meyer Shank Racing, citing the team "being taken back two years" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team Owner Elton Julian left open the possibility of returning to the series when "the next big thing happens for IndyCar" if the resources were available.[8]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Cram Competition 17 6 2 9 4 264 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
Formula Renault 3.5 Series 2 0 0 0 0 0 39th
Formula Renault UK Team AKA 2 0 0 0 0 21 28th
2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Cram Competition 17 1 0 3 2 55 8th
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Prema Powerteam 17 2 0 3 6 102 2nd
2008 GP2 Asia Series Barwa International Campos Team 6 0 0 0 1 6 15th
GP2 Series 6 0 0 0 0 1 24th
Durango 2 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Euroseries 3000 Fisichella Motor Sport 6 1 0 1 2 23 6th
2010 Superleague Formula Olympiacos CFP 10 1 1 3 3 653 4th
2016 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed 6 1 0 0 4 76 4th
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – LMP2 TDS Racing 1 0 0 0 0 53 17th
G-Drive Racing 1 0 0 0 0
CEFC Manor TRS Racing 5 0 0 0 1
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed 6 0 2 2 1 40 11th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype 1 0 0 0 0 21 39th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 Dragonspeed - 10 Star 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
2018 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed 6 0 1 1 2 50.5 7th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship DragonSpeed 6 0 0 0 0 8.5 28th
2019 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed 5 1 1 0 1 47 8th
IndyCar Series 3 0 0 0 0 31 30th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 1 0 1 1 1 30 13th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship Team LNT 4 0 0 0 1 27.5 15th
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 DragonSpeed 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2020 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed with Racing Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 5.5 23rd
DragonSpeed 3 0 0 0 0
IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 14 33rd
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 DragonSpeed USA 2 2 0 0 2 35 13th
2021 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 DragonSpeed USA 6 0 0 0 0 42.5 11th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 3 0 0 0 0 1 33rd
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC‡
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
2022 Asian Le Mans Series - LMP2 Nielsen Racing 4 2 2 0 4 104 1st
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 2 0 0 0 0 0 13th*

As Hanley was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship. * Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2005 Cram Competition ZOL
1
ZOL
2
MON
1
VAL
1
VAL
2
LMS
1
LMS
2
BIL
1
BIL
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
DON
1
DON
2
EST
1

17
EST
2

Ret
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
39th 0
2006 Cram Competition ZOL
1

10
ZOL
2

17†
MON
1

Ret
IST
1

Ret
IST
2

4
MIS
1

1
MIS
2

2
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

7
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

13
DON
1

10
DON
2

6
LMS
1

10
LMS
2

20†
CAT
1

16
CAT
2

7
8th 55
2007 Prema Powerteam MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

9
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

7
MON
1

6
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

4
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

2
DON
1

16
DON
2

Ret
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

14
EST
1

Ret
EST
2

23
CAT
1

9
CAT
2

1
2nd 102

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2008 Barwa International Campos Team CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

9
IST
FEA

17
IST
SPR

6
MON
FEA

16
MON
SPR

14
24th 1
Durango MAG
FEA

Ret
MAG
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR

Complete GP2 Asia Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 Barwa International Campos Team DUB1
FEA
DUB1
SPR
SEN
FEA

3
SEN
SPR

16
SEP
FEA

Ret
SEP
SPR

14
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

10
DUB2
FEA

Ret
DUB2
SPR

Ret
15th 6

Superleague Formula

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NC 11 Position Points
2010 Olympiacos CFP GU-Racing International SIL ASS MAG JAR NÜR ZOL BRH ADR POR ORD BEI NAV 4th 653
3 10 3 1 4 5 9 14 C 12 8 X

† Non-championship event.

Complete European Le Mans Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2016 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
3
RBR
Ret
LEC
3
SPA
1
EST
2
4th 76
2017 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
10
MNZ
2
RBR
Ret
LEC
7
SPA
5
ALG
9
11th 40
2018 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
Ret
MNZ
4
RBR
5
SIL
2
SPA
2‡
ALG
13
7th 50.5
2019 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
1
MNZ CAT
10
SIL
4
SPA
7
ALG
9
8th 47
2020 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
8
SPA
14
MNZ
DSQ
ALG 23rd 5.5
DragonSpeed with Racing Engineering LEC
10
2021 DragonSpeed USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 CAT
Ret
RBR
12
LEC
WD
MNZ
17
SPA ALG 33rd 1
2022 Nielsen Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
13
IMO
12
MNZ
6
CAT
SPA
ALG
10th* 8*

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed. * Season still in progress.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2017 DragonSpeed P Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
10
SEB LBH COA DET WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 39th 21
2019 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
3
SEB MDO WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 13th 30
2020 DragonSpeed USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
1†
SEB ELK
1
ATL PET LGA
SEB
13th 35
2021 DragonSpeed USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
10†
SEB WGL WGL ELK LGA PET NC† 0†

Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2017 TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL SPA
9
LMS 17th 53
G-Drive Racing NÜR
6
CEFC Manor TRS Racing MEX
3
COA
6
FUJ
5
SHA
9
BHR
6
2018–19 DragonSpeed LMP1 BR Engineering BR1 Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8 SPA
DNS
LMS
Ret
SIL
25
FUJ
Ret
SHA
6
SEB
Ret
SPA LMS
Ret
28th 8.5
2019–20 Team LNT LMP1 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER P60C 2.4 L Turbo V6 SIL
3
FUJ
11
SHA
4
BHR
Ret
15th 27.5
DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 COA
9
SPA LMS
12
BHR NC† 0
2021 DragonSpeed USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
7
ALG
8
MNZ
6
LMS
5
BHR
11
BHR
10
11th 42.5
2022 Nielsen Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SEB SPA LMS
16
MNZ FUJ BHR -* -*

Not eligible for points.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2017 United States Dragonspeed - 10 Star Sweden Henrik Hedman
Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 343 14th 12th
2018 United States DragonSpeed Sweden Henrik Hedman
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
BR Engineering BR1-Gibson LMP1 244 DNF DNF
2019 United States DragonSpeed Sweden Henrik Hedman
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
BR Engineering BR1-Gibson LMP1 76 DNF DNF
2020 United States DragonSpeed USA Sweden Henrik Hedman
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 361 16th 12th
2021 United States DragonSpeed USA Sweden Henrik Hedman
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2
Pro-Am
356 15th 10th‡1st
2022 United Kingdom Nielsen Racing United Kingdom Matt Bell
United States Rodrigo Sales
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 362 20th 16th

‡Tenth in LMP2. First in LMP2 Pro-Am.

American open-wheel racing results

(key)

IndyCar Series

(key)

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2019 DragonSpeed Dallara DW12 81 Chevrolet STP
18
COA ALA
21
LBH IMS INDY
32
DET DET TXS RDA TOR IOW MDO POC GTW POR LAG 30th 31
2020 TXS IMS ROA ROA IOW IOW INDY
23
GTW GTW MDO MDO IMS IMS STP 33rd 14

Indianapolis 500

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2019 Dallara Chevrolet 27 32 DragonSpeed
2020 Dallara Chevrolet 33 23 DragonSpeed

References

  1. ^ a b Watkins, Gary. "Ex-Renault protege Ben Hanley to make comeback in ELMS LMP2". Autosport.
  2. ^ "Ben Hanley set to make IndyCar debut with DragonSpeed Racing". Autoweek. 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Campos sign Hanley to partner Petrov". autosport.com. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Hanley grabs last-gasp Durango drive". autosport.com. 20 June 2008. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Valsecchi returns to Durango seat". autosport.com. 1 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 July 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  6. ^ "CIK-FIA World Karting Championship for Drivers 2009". Driver Database. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  7. ^ "DragonSpeed Racing tabs Ben Hanley for 2020 IndyCar opener as part of six-race program". Indystar. 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ "DragonSpeed shutters IndyCar program". Racer. 28 October 2020.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Asian Le Mans Series
LMP2 Champion

2022
With: Matt Bell & Rodrigo Sales
Succeeded by
Incumbent