The Shadow DN9 designed by Tony Southgate was used by Shadow team during the last three-quarters of the 1978 season, and the whole 1979 season. The 1978 season was disappointing, the team was in the period of decline. Shadow entered the 1979 season with new sponsor, the Dutch Samson shag tobacco company, and with two rookie drivers – Elio de Angelis and Jan Lammers. The Dutchman, the choice of the sponsor, drove for the works team, while de Angelis, de facto driver No. 1, was tied to the privateer Interscope Shadow Racing. Shadow drivers have scored only once, with de Angelis’ surprise fourth place in the car’s last race at the rainy 1979 United States Grand Prix.
|Elio de Angelis||18||Interscope Shadow Racing Team|