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Sonoma Qualifying Reports

Sonoma, CA (September 16, 2017) – Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Jones had a bit of an up and down qualifying session with the Frenchman placing 10th and the rookie 18th on the grid for Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Both Dale Coyne Racing drivers took to the track in Group 2 of qualifying at the 2.385-mile, 12-turn…

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One to Go at Sonoma

Plainfield, IL (September 13, 2017) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Jones are looking to turn their luck around this weekend and finish the season on a high as they head to Sonoma Raceway for the final round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais will be making his seventh appearance at…

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An Unpredictable Day at The Glen

Watkins Glen, NY (September 3, 2017) –The Dale Coyne Racing drivers didn’t have the race they were anticipating at the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen on Sunday with Ed Jones taking the checkered in 13th and Sebastien Bourdais registering the fastest lap of the race on his way to a 17th place finish. With…

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Bourdais Qualifies on Fifth Row at The Glen

Bourdais Qualifies on Fifth Row at The Glen
Watkins Glen, NY (September 2, 2017) – Sebastien Bourdais made his way into the Fast 12 during qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen on Saturday and placed himself ninth on the grid for Sunday’s race. His Dale Coyne Racing teammate, Ed Jones, will be starting 15th.

Bourdais was the only driver to make it into the second round of qualifying who didn’t use the alternate Firestone tires in Round 1. The Frenchman, who went out in the second qualifying group, registered a fastest lap of 1:23.1444 in Round 1 which placed him third in his group.

The driver of the #18 UNIFIN car then took the track with just under seven minutes remaining in Round 2. While he placed fourth on his second and third laps around the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course, he was seventh when crossing the timing line on his final lap. Bourdais ended up ninth on the grid for tomorrow’s race with a Round 2 lap of 1:23.1459.

Jones was in the first group to take to the track for qualifying aboard his #19 Boy Scouts of America Honda powered machine. Things were looking good for the rookie as he found himself in second place at the halfway mark of the session. However, despite recording his fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:23.9851 on his final lap, he would end up ninth when all was said and done in his group.

Today’s qualifying session will be airing on NBCSN at 7pm ET tonight on a same-day delay. The the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 1pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

What they have to say:
Sebastien Bourdais – #18 Unifin Honda
“The session is not long enough at this track to do a full run on both Black and Red Firestone tires, so we decided to take the chance and go with the Blacks. Yesterday, we didn’t do so well in practice on the Reds and I was happy with the car on Blacks and it paid off as were able to get in the Fast 12. Unfortunately, I misled the boys a little bit, I thought we would be better than that balance wise but the track picked up grip and we picked up understeer. It’s not because of the tires or anything. I had a pretty good lap just way too much understeer.”
Ed Jones – #19 Boy Scouts of America Honda
“We improved the car again. That was the closest we’ve been all weekend. Obviously, it still wasn’t enough. I think we were a step behind. If we had practiced with the car like it was in qualifying we would have been able to take another step forward and maybe be a bit further up but it’s not too bad. Starting 15th, we can work from there and move our way up. It might be a wet race tomorrow so that could make things really interesting.”

DCR Duo Looking for Strong Finish at The Glen 

Plainfield, IL (August 30, 2017) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Jones are entering the penultimate round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season at Watkins Glen International this weekend with one goal in mind, registering a strong finish.

The pair started off the season with excellent performances and they’re looking to close out the final two races of the year the same way.

Bourdais is looking forward to returning to a road course this weekend with his last road course event taking place back in May at the Indy Grand Prix. The Frenchman did well at The Glen last year in his only IndyCar appearance at the track. He qualified third and went on to finish fifth after having to make his way back up through the field following a first lap spin.

Jones, the 2017 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, also did well at the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course last season by placing second in the Indy Lights race. This will be the first appearance for Jones at Watkins Glen International aboard an Indy car.

The Dale Coyne Racing drivers, along with their competitors, will get three 45-minute practice sessions (two on Friday and one on Saturday) ahead of qualifying which takes place on Saturday, September 2 at 3pm ET.

Qualifying will be airing on NBCSN at 7pm ET on a same-day delay with the 60-lap INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen being broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 1pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

All sessions, except for the race, will be streamed live on racecontrol.indycar.com.

What they have to say:
Sebastien Bourdais – #18 UNIFIN Honda
“Watkins Glen is a track that I really enjoy and that I’ve done well at. I was competitive last year but I had an interesting day with a spin at the start but I came back surging at the end. Hopefully our car will be like it was at the Indy road course and Mid-Ohio, when I tested, and places like that because I think we can definitely do pretty well. Hopefully that will be the case and we can get the #18 UNIFIN car up front. It’s a track that is very physically difficult. It’s very, very high Gs with high speed corners but it’s a very interesting and exhilarating challenge as well, so when you get a good lap there it’s very satisfying. I’m looking forward to it.”
Ed Jones – #19 Boy Scouts of America Honda
“It will be nice to get back on a road course this weekend at Watkins Glen. I think it’s a track that should be good for us. It’s among one of my favorites in the United States. I did well there last year in Indy Lights. That said, it will be much different in an Indy car, it will be difficult with all the high-speed corners. Hopefully we can have a good result there before going to Sonoma and have a good end to the season.”

Gateway Race Reports

Top 10 Finish for Bourdais in his Return Madison, IL (August 26, 2017) – It wasn’t an easy race for the Dale Coyne Racing drivers on Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park but Sebastien Bourdais came home with a satisfying top 10 finish in his first race back since May while Ed Jones finished 13th….

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Bourdais Returns for Final Three Races of the Season

Plainfield, IL (August 23, 2017) – Less than 14 weeks after being sidelined following his scary qualifying incident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebastien Bourdais is returning behind the wheel of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry at this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Bourdais, who suffered multiple fractures to his…

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Dale Coyne Racing Pocono Race Report

Long Pond, PA (August 20, 2017) – Pocono Raceway lived up to its nickname the Tricky Triangle today with Dale Coyne Racing drivers Ed Jones placing 17th after an up and down race and Esteban Gutierrez seeing his race end following slight contact with the wall early in the race. After an impressive performance in…

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Strong Qualifying for DCR Rookies at Pocono Raceway

(August 19, 2017) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Ed Jones and Esteban Gutierrez made their first appearance at Pocono Raceway today by impressively qualifying 11th and 13th respectively for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 in a session that saw multiple incidents take place.

The Verizon IndyCar Series rookies only had 75 minutes of practice time to gain as much experience as possible around the 2.5-mile ‘Tricky Triangle’ before heading into qualifying, as neither of them had turned a wheel at the track before.

Gutierrez was the first of the Dale Coyne drivers to take to the track. The driver of the #18 Unifin Honda registered a two-lap average of 217.292mph which initially placed him sixth.

Jones, who was 16th in line to qualify, registered an average of 217.565 mph following his two laps around the track which placed 10th at the time.

Once all the drivers had made their qualifying attempt, Jones and Gutierrez ended up 11th and 13th.

The drivers will have a final 30-minute practice session tonight at 5pm ET.

The ABC Supply 500 will be broadcast live on NBCSN on Sunday, August 20 from 2pm ET.
What they have to say:
Esteban Gutierrez – #18 Unifin Honda
“This was my first qualifying on a superspeedway and after only a 75-minute practice so it’s been quite tricky to understand how to follow the grip level, it was also quite windy so it was quite challenging on that side. I did my best. We were a bit on the conservative side but still quite on the limit.”
Ed Jones – #19 Boy Scouts of America Honda
“I think qualifying around this track isn’t one of the biggest factors for the race as we’ve seen in the past. Going into the weekend our plan was always to run conservative in qualifying because there can be a lot of consequence for not a lot of gain in the long term of the race. As long as we’re here in a decent position to start we should be able to have a decent race car and able to race forward.”

DCR at Mid-Ohio

Tough Day at the Office for DCR at Mid-Ohio Lexington, OH (July 30, 2017) – The race didn’t quite go the way the Dale Coyne Racing team would’ve liked on Sunday at the Honda Indy 200. Esteban Gutierrez, who was showing great pace, finished 20th due to front wing damage early on and Ed Jones…

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