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GMR Grand Prix Race Reports – Sato and Malukas

Takuma Sato Finishes Season Best Seventh in GMR Grand Prix

#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 14, 2022) – Takuma Sato and his #51 Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne Racing Honda picked up his best finish of the season on Saturday climbing up to a seventh place in the GMR Grand Prix after falling as far back as 23rd in a wet and wild race.

Started: 13th

Finished: 7th

  • With the race starting under wet conditions, Sato was one of the first drivers to switch to the Alternate Firestone tires on the second lap of the race.
  • The early pit stop paid off as he then found himself in seventh place once other cars headed to pit lane for dry weather tires.
  • From there, Sato made his way up to fourth on a Lap 21 restart.
  • He ran in fourth until he entered pit lane on Lap 32 for a fresh set of alternate tires.
  • Following his stop, he climbed back up to seventh before going off track to avoid a spinning car on a Lap 42 restart.
  • After falling to the back of the field, he managed to make his way back up, all while switching from wet tires to dry tires, to wet tires again.
  • With the rain giving him a helping hand, and some on track battles he took the checkered flag in seventh place.
  • Today’s result is his sixth top 10 finish on the IMS road course and his best finish this season.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR

“That was a wild race. But it was great fun. We went back and forth and moved up as high as fourth, and

that was a legitimate fourth. I think Colton (Herta) the two McLarens and myself were leaving the group behind. I think it looked pretty cool at the time but then on a later restart one car spun and to avoid it I went into the wet grass on dry tires and that was the end of the story as I spun. I felt really bad for the boys and basically went to the back of the field. Then, the rain helped me in the end. We unlapped ourselves and we put our head down and got the job done, finishing P7. It was such a dramatic race. The #51 Nurtec crew did a fantastic job to help me get me back up the field and I was able to push really hard battling side by side with very good drivers. There was some good overtaking. It’s a shame we had that moment but other than that it has given us great momentum to carry into the Indy 500.”

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Malukas Claims Best Road Course Finish of the season at GMR Grand Prix

#18: David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 14, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) experienced his first wet race in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES on Saturday while also scoring his best finish on a road course with a 12th place at the GMR Grand Prix.

Started: 24th

Finished: 12th

  • Malukas entered pit lane on Lap 4 to switch from wet tires to the Firestone Alternate tire.
  • Following his first stop and with the track drying up, the rookie made some passes and went from 23rd to 15th by Lap 31.
  • He was sitting seventh when he entered pit lane on Lap 34 for another set of dry tires.
  • With rain picking up the HMD engineering crew made the call on Lap 42 to switch to wet tires but the gamble didn’t pay off when the rain tapered off.
  • However, Malukas would return to wet tires on Lap 61 with rain picking up once again.
  • The driver of the #18 HMD Honda exited pit lane in 18th but would climb his way up to 12th to take the checkered flag.
  • In five NTT INDYCAR SERIES starts this season, Malukas has a best finish of 11th at Texas, and a best starting position of 18th (Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park).
  • His result at the GMR Grand Prix today is his best finish on a road or street course this season.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda

“Wow, what a race! I don’t even know what to say. It was a massive race of survival. I knew it was going to be that, but I still wasn’t expecting it to be that much. Thankfully we survived without any incidents. Everything went quite smoothly for us, for how chaotic the whole race was. It was wet at the start, but once it dried up we were very competitive on the dry tires and I made moves left and right and moved up some positions. But those last couple of laps with the heavier rain, we were hydroplaning going out of Turn 11 and they were still waving it green, I couldn’t believe it. It’s an incredible feeling going into Turn 1 at 180 miles per hour without really seeing much you still have to go flat. Not only did we end up surviving but we also finished with a good position.”

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Next up:

Indianapolis 500

Race 6 of 17

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Track length: 2.5 mile Superspeedway

Race Distance: 200 laps

GMR Grand Prix Qualifying Reports

Takuma Sato Registers Best Road Course Qualifying of the Season

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May13, 2022) – The Dale Coyne Racing team is taking part in the GMR Grand Prix this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Drivers Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) and David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) took to the track on Friday for practice and qualifying ahead of Saturday’s race. See below for more details on each driver. 

#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May13, 2022) – Takuma Sato and his #51 Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne Racing came close to making it to the Fast 12 for the first time this season but fell just short and had to settle with a 13th place on the Saturday grid for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix.

Starting: 13th
Group 1 / Round 1: 7th
Best Lap: 1:09.8239

  • The two-time Indy 500 Champion went out in Group 1/Round 1 of qualifying and registered his fastest time on his 6th lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.
  • His time was one thousandth of a second short from allowing him to move on to the next round.
  • His 13th place on the grid is his best starting position on a road/street course this season. 
  • He has an overall best starting position of third at Texas Motor Speedway this year.
  • Sato is making his 12th start on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend. 
  • In his 11 road course starts at IMS, he has a best finish of 11th (twice), and a best starting position of 11th (twice).
  • He also five top 10 finishes on the IMS road course.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“I’m quite excited to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We had high hopes going into qualifying. While it ended up being our best road course qualifying this season, we ended up missing on the second segment by just a thousandth of a second, so it’s a bit bitter. That said, we made good progress and hopefully in tomorrow’s warmup we can find some more speed and that we can have a strong race. But today was a little bit of mixed emotions.”

Malukas Makes Progress During Day 1 of GMR Grand Prix
#18: David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May13, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) continued to make progress throughout the practice sessions and qualifying on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Friday. However, in a very competitive field, he ended up 24th on the starting grid for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix.

Starting: 24th
Group 2 / Round 1: 12th
Best Lap: 1:10.4755

  • The rookie was sitting in the middle of the pack after his first qualifying lap.
  • He entered pit lane after his third lap and switched to the alternate Firestone tire and immediately registered his best time.
  • His fastest lap of 1:10.4755 initially placed him second of the group, but he ended up 12th when all was said and done.
  • Malukas is making his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES start on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend. 
  • In four NTT INDYCAR SERIES starts this season, Malukas has a best finish of 11th at Texas, and a best starting position of 18th (Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park).
  • The 2021 Indy Lights Vice Champion has a win and second place finish on the IMS road course in Indy Lights.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“It was a busy day at IMS today with two practice sessions and qualifying. We knew we had some work to do after practice 1. Then practice 2 started off great and we ended up in a good place going into qualifying. Unfortunately, it seemed like the pace was there. I thought the car felt very good and when I came in, I guess we didn’t have enough because we were P12 in our group. I was surprised because I thought we had the speed, but I guess at the end of the day when the car feels good it just proves that you’re not pushing enough! Overall, it was a good day, but it could have been a lot better. I really like this place and in Indy Lights I was always really quick here. I think it shows how strong the IndyCar field is here. Going into tomorrow we’re going to work on our setup and hopefully try and move up the field.”

Dale Coyne Racing Barber Motorsports Park Race Report

Leeds, Alabama (Sunday, May 1, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) and David Malukas (#18 HMD – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) finished 13th and 20th respectively in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday. See below for more details on each driver’s race.

Takuma Sato Finishes 13th at Barber Motorsports Park

#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

Leeds, Alabama (Sunday, May 1, 2022) – Takuma Sato gained four positions to finish 13th on Sunday in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, a race that was mostly dictated by fuel saving strategies throughout the field.

  • Sato started his 12th race at Barber Motorsports Park in 17th place. 
  • He gained positions right from the start and was sitting 11th by the time he entered pit lane on Lap 29.
  • A full course caution came out on Lap 33 which allowed Sato to takeover ninth place by the time the race resumed on lap 36.
  • On the restart, he was unable to maintain his position and fell a few spots to 13th before returning to pit lane for what would be his final stop on Lap 61.
  • Sato exited pit lane in 16th but climbed his way back up to 13th to take the checkered flag.
  • In four races so far in 2022, Sato has a best finish of 10th on the streets of St. Petersburg and a best start of third at Texas Motor Speedway

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It was a tough weekend for us. We gained a position at the start and made our way up to ninth to take the restart. We had the primary tires for the restart and that wasn’t in our favor as we lost ground a bit and I had to save fuel but everyone on track was in the same boat at that point. We were in better shape in the final stint, so I was able to overtake Newgarden, but it was a bit too late. 13th isn’t what we wanted but the team did fantastic pit stops and we’re carrying some momentum now going to the Indy GP and the Indy 500 so just around the corner. I’m looking forward to that.”

Rookie Malukas Takes Checkered Flag in 20th at Barber Motorsports Park

#18: David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

Leeds, Alabama (Sunday, May 1, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports rookie David Malukas took part in his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday. The outcome wasn’t what he had hoped for, but he came home with a hard-fought 20th place.

  • Malukas lost a couple of positions in the opening laps, falling from 18th on the starting grid to 20th, but he maintained his position and gaps to veteran drivers such as Will Power and Simon Pagenaud.
  • Opting for a two-stop strategy, Malukas entered pit lane on Lap 29 from 13th.
  • After exiting pit lane in 22nd, a full course caution brought the field back together and he ended up taking the restart in 16th place.
  • The rookie then fell to 19th on lap 38 and remained in that position for the majority of his stint.
  • He made his final stop on Lap 61 and once again exited pit lane in 22nd. This time however, he gained a couple of positions to take the checkered flag in 20th place.
  • In four NTT INDYCAR SERIES starts this season, Malukas has a best finish of 11th at Texas, and a best starting position of 18th (Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park).

David Malukas – #18 HMD Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports
“It was a tough race but I’m happy we survived what is supposedly one of the hardest races physically for drivers. There are a lot of elevation changes and fast long turns here. I am tired but I still feel like I had a lot of energy at the end. We did well with the fuel saving strategies. However, it was a bit unfortunate with how the yellow came out with what we were trying to do. At the end of the day, I think I tried my best, on my end. We had a bit of a kerfuffle in the pits and the bad timing on the yellow and we ended up coming out with a 20th place. But everyone at Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports did their best this weekend, the car felt good in the race and I’m happy we were able to finish.”

Dale Coyne Racing Birmingham Qualifying Report

Dale Coyne Racing Drivers to Start from Row 9 in Birmingham

Leeds, Alabama (Saturday, April 30, 2022) – The pair of Dale Coyne Racing drivers Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) and David Malukas (#18 HMD – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) will be starting side by side on Sunday in 17th and 18th respectively for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. See below for more details on each driver’s qualifying session.

Takuma Sato Hoping for Exciting Sunday Afternoon at Barber

#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

Leeds, Alabama (Saturday, April 30, 2022) – Takuma Sato took part in qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Saturday. While he was on his way to a top six in Round 1, he ended up ninth in his group which guaranteed him a 17th place on the starting grid for Sunday’s main event. 

Starting: 17th
Group 1 / Round 1: 9th
Best Lap: 1:06.7541

  • Sato was sitting sixth when he entered pit lane for a set of Firestone Alternate tires about halfway through the session and was on his way to a top three lap but ended up going off track on his penultimate lap, which cost him a chance of moving on to the next round.
  • He did however register his best time (1:06.7541) in qualifying on his seventh and final lap but it would only place him ninth in his group.
  • Sato ended the final practice session later in the day in an encouraging seventh place. 
  • In his last four races at Barber Motorsports Park, Takuma Sato has three top 10 finishes, including a win from pole in 2019, as well as 8th (2018) and 9th (2017) place finishes.
  • Sato will be making his 12th start on the 2.3-mile 17-turn road course this weekend. 
  • In three races in 2022, Sato has a best finish of 10th on the streets of St. Petersburg and a best start of third at Texas Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It was a busy Saturday. It’s a mix of feelings for me today. On one side, it’s always nice for me to come back here at Barber because I have good memories here, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t find a good speed in qualifying. However, we found some speed in the last practice session on the Alternate Firestone tires. Relatively speaking we made up some ground and moved forward, so that’s encouraging. Tomorrow’s weather forecast can be a bit tricky, which is probably good for us. We’re good with tires for tomorrow so we can do whatever we want to. Now, we’ll tune up our Nurtec ODT car for tomorrow and hopefully we can have an exciting Sunday afternoon.”

Malukas Hopeful for Race Day Following Final Practice

#18: David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

Leeds, Alabama (Saturday, April 30, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports rookie David Malukas was doing well during Round 1 of qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama but an off track excursion and light contact with the barrier meant he would have to settle with an 18th place on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.

Starting: 18th
Group 2 / Round 1: 9th
Best Lap: 1:06.8898

  • Malukas spent the first half of the 10-minute session in the top 6 of his group and was sitting fourth when he entered pit lane for a new set of Firestone alternate tires.
  • He was sitting seventh when he started his final lap. However, Malukas would end up going off course in Turn 13 and unable to improve on his time.
  • The rookie lost his fastest two laps due to causing a red flag.
  • Malukas made progress in the day’s final practice, moving up to ninth on the time sheet.
  • In his last official visit to Barber Motorsports Park in Indy Lights in 2021, the first generation American picked up a win, from pole, and set the fastest lap in Race 2 of the weekend. It was also his first Indy Lights win.
  • So far in his rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, he has a best finish of 11th at Texas, and a best starting position of 18th (Long Beach).

David Malukas – #18 HMD Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports
“It’s been a tough weekend so far, but we’ve made progress with every session. We had a decent car going into qualifying, I think we found what we needed. I was on a really good lap that could have possibly moved us into the second round of qualifying, but, unfortunately, on that lap someone in front of me put some dust on the track in Turn 9 and while I knew my lap was ‘done’ at that point, I was still committed and continued to push but there was more dust in Turn 13, and I lost it there. I managed to get it straightened out a bit, but it was too late, and I ended up getting some damage. On the bright side, we had a good final practice and I think we’ll have a good pace for the race tomorrow.”

Race Info:
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Race 4 of 17
Track length: 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course
Race Distance:  90 laps
 
Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Race broadcast: Noon – 2pm (NBC, Peacock, INDYCAR LIVE!, INDYCAR Radio)
Green Flag: 12:15pm 

Dale Coyne Racing Barber Motorsports Park Preview

Plainfield, IL (Wednesday, April 27, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) and David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) are looking to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend, the first road course of the season, to improve on their season best results after an unlucky weekend in Long Beach. See below for more details on each driver. 

Malukas Returns to Where it All Began with Dale Coyne Racing

Plainfield, IL (Wednesday, April 27, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) is more than excited to be returning to the scene of his first test with Dale Coyne Racing aboard an Indy car this weekend as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to Barber Motorsport Park for the fourth round of the 2022 season. 

  • Malukas turned his first laps behind the wheel of an Indy car last October at Barber Motorsports Park during a one-day test with Dale Coyne Racing.
  • The rookie was the fastest driver on track that they, ending the day atop the time charts.
  • In his last official visit to Barber Motorsports Park in Indy Lights in 2021, the first generation American picked up a win, from pole, and set the fastest lap in Race 2 of the weekend. It was also his first Indy Lights win.
  • So far in his rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, he has a best finish of 11th at Texas, and a best starting position of 18th (Long Beach).

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“Other than Road America, which is like my home race, I think Barber is the race weekend I’m looking forward to the most and that I’m most excited about. Mainly because that’s where I tested with Dale Coyne Racing for the first time, and it was my first ever test in an Indy car. I did my first two laps there and I was just screaming the whole time with excitement because I finally was able to feel the speed of an Indy car. I’m also excited because when we were there we had a really good test. I’ve also done well at Barber in Indy Lights and Indy Pro and I’ve always enjoyed the track so much. Plus, I know that we have a very good car for Barber, so that’s encouraging. I think we have a very good chance of picking up our best result so far. I can’t wait to get there and see how it goes. The hopes and dreams are high for this weekend!” 

Takuma Sato Looking to Bounce Back at Barber

Plainfield, IL (Wednesday, April 27, 2022) – Takuma Sato and his #51 Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda will be taking on the twisty elevation changes of Barber Motorsports Park this weekend as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES enters its fourth race of the season and first on a road course.

  • In his last four races at Barber Motorsports Park, Takuma Sato has three top 10 finishes, including a win from pole in 2019, as well as 8th (2018) and 9th (2017) place finishes.
  • Sato will be making his 12th start on the 2.3-mile 17-turn road course this weekend. 
  •  In three races in 2022, Sato has a best finish of 10th on the streets of St. Petersburg and a best start of third at Texas Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“Barber Motorsports Park has a fantastic facility and it’s truly a great venue. The museum is amazing. It has some unbelievably rare and stunning collections of cars and motorcycles from all over the world. It’s simply impressive. It’s a must-see venue and it’s a great place to be for enthusiastic fans. The track is just as sweet too! Continuously sweeping high speed corners gives us a good but tough time and some of the elevation change makes it even more challenging. Since most of the track flows into each corner, it’s quite difficult to overtake but it’s not impossible. As I have a special memory at this place, I always enjoy racing at Barber. Also, the team had a good test there with David (Malukas) in the fall so that was very encouraging. It will be my first time driving the #51 Nurtec ODT car on the road course so I’m very much looking forward to this weekend.”

Race Info:
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Race 4 of 17
Track length: 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course
Race Distance:  90 laps

Schedule (all times local)
Friday, April 29, 2022
Practice 1: 3:00pm – 4:00pm (Peacock, INDYCAR LIVE!, INDYCAR Radio)

Saturday, April 30, 2022
Practice 2: 9:00am – 10:00am (Peacock, INDYCAR LIVE!, INDYCAR Radio)
Qualifying: 12:00pm – 1:15pm (Peacock, INDYCAR LIVE!, INDYCAR Radio)
Final Practice: 4:20pm – 4:50pm (Peacock, INDYCAR LIVE!, INDYCAR Radio

Sunday, May 1, 2022
Race broadcast: Noon – 2pm (NBC, Peacock, INDYCAR LIVE!, INDYCAR Radio)
Green Flag: 12:15pm 

Long Beach Race Report

No Rewards for Takuma Sato’s Strong Showing at Long Beach
Long Beach, CA (Sunday, April 10, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Takuma Sato and David Malukas had an up and down day on the streets of Long Beach on Sunday with both drivers running strong but both also seeing their races end in Turn 8. See below for more details.
 
No Rewards for Takuma Sato’s Strong Showing at Long Beach

#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

Long Beach, CA (Sunday, April 10, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Takuma Sato was having a strong run around the streets of Long Beach, having made his way to 13th from his 22nd spot on the starting grid but another top 10 finish fell out of his sight following contact with the tire barrier in Turn 8 with two laps to go.

Started: 22nd
Finished: 17th

  • Throughout the race, Sato was making his way up the field with every lap from his 22nd place on the starting grid.
  • By lap 15, he was running 15th and was ninth by the time he entered pit lane on Lap 29.
  • Following his stop, the #51 Nurtec ODT driver was running 19th and once again continued to move up.
  • He then ran 14th for the majority of his second stint.
  • Sato entered pit lane on Lap 56 to make his final stop for fuel and a set of primary Firestone tires.
  • He then climbed to 13th and remained in that position until he ended up in the tire barrier when trying to defend his position from Rinus Veekay going into Turn 8.
  • With Veekay on fresher tires, both drivers went wide into the turn, but Sato ended up in the marbles and that sent him into the tire barrier.
  • While he was able to get back on track, the incident put him a lap down. 

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It’s always nice to come back to Long Beach. We had a tough weekend, and in qualifying we didn’t find the right balance, so we had to start from the back. However, we had a strong race, and I was able to make up some positions and pass some cars on track. That was really fun. Unfortunately, with 2 laps to go I was running P13, that was encouraging. However, with the timing of the yellows it allowed some drivers to dive into the pits and get a fresh set of red tires whereas I had 25 lap old tires. Rinus Veekay was behind me and very strong and I was trying to defend my position into turn 8. He came into the inside and both cars went wide, and I got into the marbles and I went into the tire barrier. I was able to get back on track, but it was a shame. At least we fought really strong until the end like in St. Pete. I look forward to the next race in Barber for my first road course with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR.”

A Series of Unfortunate Events for David Malukas at Long Beach Puts End to a Strong Run
#18: David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
  • Malukas ran strong in his Grand Prix of Long Beach debut, having made his way to 11th before making his first pit stop on Lap 29.
  • Unfortunately for the rookie, he crossed the pit exit line too soon upon returning to the track and had to serve a drive thru penalty.
  • The penalty sent him to the back of the field, but still on the lead lap.
  • Malukas then had to return to pit lane about 30 laps later to get his belts tightened for safety reasons but that would end up putting him two laps down to the leaders.
  • A final unfortunate event happened on Lap 76 when he ended up making contact with the Turn 8 tire barrier while trying to avoid a spinning Jimmie Johnson.

David Malukas  #18 HMD Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports
“I have a bit of bruises and blisters from my first Long Beach Grand Prix but what a series of unfortunate events this race was! I started off strong all while saving the black tires, hoping we could make them last longer and play with our strategy. However, after exiting pit lane with a set of red tires, I crossed the line too soon, which was unfortunate. After serving my drive thru penalty I was still on the lead lap so that was all good but then somehow one of my belts became undone and I had to head to pit lane again to get that fixed and that put me two laps down. 
“At that point, I just wanted to bring it home but with about 10 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson spun going into Turn 8 and I tried my best to steer out of his way but I clipped the tire barrier and damaged the front end of my HMD car and that was the end of my race. I truly love the track here in Long Beach and wish things could have gone better but we had no luck this weekend. We had a really good test at Barber in October at my first test with the team so hopefully things can turn around for us at that race in a few weeks.”

Next up:
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Race 4 of 17
May 01, 2022

Dale Coyne Racing Long Beach Qualifying Report

Long Beach, CA (Saturday, April 9, 2022) – The pair of Dale Coyne Racing drivers Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) and David Malukas (#18 HMD – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) took part in qualifying for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday. Malukas who had a strong showing early in the session will be starting 19th, with his teammate Sato starting 23rd.

Malukas Registers Best Street Course Qualifying Result in Long Beach

#18: David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda

Long Beach, CA (Saturday, April 9, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports rookie David Malukas will be starting his first Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in 19th after taking part in Saturday’s qualifying session for what will be his first race around the historic Long Beach circuit.
 
Starting: 19th
Group 1 / Round 1: 10th
Best Lap: 1:06.7925

  • Malukas took to the track in Group 1 / Round 1 of qualifying and registered a fastest lap of 1:06.7925 on his sixth lap around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit.
  • The rookie spent most of the session in the top six, sitting as high as third at one point, but he would find himself 10th in his group when all was said and done, only a couple tenths from moving to the next round.
  • His 19th place on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race is his best road/street course starting position this season. 
  • So far this year he has a best finish of 11th and a best starting position of 19th, both registered at Texas.

David Malukas  #18 HMD Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports
“The Long Beach track is just amazing. From the first sector to the last sector, it’s such a beauty. And I love the hairpin. Qualifying didn’t go as well as we wanted to. The practices weren’t representative of our speed because it was hard to get a clean lap in so we knew the speed was there and we were aiming for a top 10. When we went into qualifying, we did really well on the black tires in the first part of the session but when we switched to the reds we expected them to peak on a certain lap but they didn’t and I think we missed it by one lap and that cost us the two tenths that we really needed to put us in the top six and onto the next round. Overall, I’m still happy. I think our tire strategy going into the race is good. We’ll try to survive, save the tires and see what we can do.”

Takuma Sato Optimistic Heading into Race Day at Long Beach

#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

Long Beach, CA (Saturday, April 9, 2022) – Takuma Sato’s qualifying session around the streets of Long Beach didn’t go as planned aboard his #51 Nurtec ODT Honda, with the veteran driver placing 23rd on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.  
 
Starting: 23rd
Group 1 / Round 1: 12th
Best Lap: 1:07.1001

  • Sato went out in Group 1 / Round 1 of qualifying and registered his fastest time of 1:07.1001 on his sixth and final lap of the 10-minute session.
  • His fastest time placed him 12th in his group and 23rd on the starting grid for what will be his 12th start at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit.
  • The two-time Indy 500 Champion’s best finish in Long Beach was also his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win (2013).
  • In addition to his win, he has four other top 10 finishes at the famed street circuit, including his last two visits in 2019 (8th) and 2021 (9th).
  • This season, Sato has a best finish of 10th on the streets of St. Petersburg and a best start of third at Texas Motor Speedway.
Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“We tried to find a good balance and speed all through the practice sessions but unfortunately we struggled a bit. Our tire pressure wasn’t ideal for qualifying but I’m confident that we will have a good warm up tomorrow and then make our way through the field to have a good race on Sunday. We did it in St. Petersburg and I know we can do it here.” 
Race Info:
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Race 3 of 17
Track length: 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit
Race Distance:  85 laps
 
Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Warmup: 9:00am – 9:30am (Peacock & INDYCAR Radio)
Race broadcast: Noon – 3pm (NBC & INDYCAR Radio)
Green Flag: 12:45pm

Sato and Malukas Carrying Momentum into Long Beach

Plainfield, IL (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) and David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) are carrying great momentum into the third round of the season this weekend. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be the second street circuit this year for the pair of Dale Coyne Racing drivers. Notes for each driver are below.

Takuma Sato Optimistic Heading into Long Beach

Plainfield, IL (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) – With the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returning to a street circuit this weekend, Sato is looking to pick up where he left off at the season opening round on the streets of St. Petersburg when he takes on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend aboard his #51 Nurtec ODT entry. Sato was the biggest mover in the first race of the season on his way to his best finish so far in 2022. 
  • Sato’s best finish at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit was also his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win in 2013.
  • He will be making his 12th start on the streets of Long Beach this weekend. 
  • He has a best starting position of fourth in Long Beach, also in 2013.
  • In addition to his win, he has four other top 10 finishes at the famed street circuit, including his last two visits in 2019 (8th) and 2021 (9th), the series didn’t compete in Long Beach in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In two races in 2022, Sato has a best finish of 10th on the streets of St. Petersburg and a best start of third at Texas Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“Long Beach is one of the iconic events in motorsport. It has a great history in racing, such an atmosphere with fans from all over the world with a large Japanese community on the west coast and fantastic restaurants, bars and so on. In addition, it’s a special place for me too as I achieved my first IndyCar win back in 2013 with the unforgettable A.J.Foyt’s #14 car, so I always very much look forward to going back to Long Beach. In general, street courses are always fun to drive, and they provide an exciting race and Long Beach has never failed those expectations. A heavy braking into turn 1 after a long straight provides us with a great opportunity for overtaking, the combination of both high speeds and complex sections are always challenging.
“We had a solid result at our first race in St.Petersburg, Florida, on a street course, where we were the biggest mover of the day, and we had a very competitive weekend at the last race in Texas too. Although technically the car is very different, we carry great momentum as a team and there is no reason why we cannot be competitive at Long Beach as well.”

David Malukas Looking for Redemption in Long Beach

Plainfield, IL (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas is coming off his best performance of his young NTT INDYCAR SERIES career with an 11th place finish in his superspeedway debut a few weeks ago in Texas. The driver of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda is looking to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach to improve on his street circuit performance after a disappointing round in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • This weekend will mark Malukas’ first-time racing on the streets of Long Beach.
  • The rookie was able to prepare for his first visit to the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit thanks to some simulator testing a few weeks ago.
  • In one street circuit event this year (St. Petersburg), Malukas started 24th and finished 26th after contact ended his race early.
  • In addition to his best finish of 11th at Texas, the rookie has a best starting position of 19th, also registered at Texas.
David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“I can’t wait to get on track in Long Beach this weekend. I want some redemption on a street circuit after our race in St. Petersburg earlier this season that ended abruptly! I’m happy we were able to get a full race in at Texas. I wore a heart rate monitor for that event to get a read on the cardiovascular aspect of a race and to help me be able to simulate that at home when I work out so I can be better prepared for these races that are much longer than what I was used to in Indy Lights. 
‘Also, as part of my preparation, I’ve been on the Honda simulator doing many, many laps around the Long Beach track to get me ready for the real thing. I think we have a really good car for Long Beach and I’m really excited about it. Long Beach also seems like a fun track, that tight hairpin turn at the end was very new to me on the sim, so that was fun to learn. I’ve also watched a lot of videos and talked to my teammate Takuma Sato and the team. I think we’re ready, but only time will tell once we get on track! I’m looking forward to it.”
Race Info:
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Race 3 of 17
Track length: 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit
Race Distance:  85 laps
 
Schedule (all times local)
Friday, April 8, 2022
Practice 1: 3:15pm – 4:15pm (Peacock & INDYCAR Radio)
 
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Practice 2: 8:45am – 9:45am (Peacock & INDYCAR Radio)
Qualifying: 12:05pm – 1:20pm (Peacock & INDYCAR Radio)
 
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Warmup: 9:00am – 9:30am (Peacock & INDYCAR Radio)
Race broadcast: Noon – 3pm (NBC & INDYCAR Radio)
Green Flag: 12:45pm 

Texas Race Recap

Highest Finishing Rookie David Malukas Leads Laps and Finishes 11th in Texas
Fort Worth, TX (Sunday, March 20, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas led some laps and was the highest finishing rookie in Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway with an impressive 11th place finish. His teammate Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) had a good start to the 248-lap race but unfortunate contact put an early end to his race. 

Fort Worth, TX (Sunday, March 20, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas put in a stellar performance on Sunday aboard his #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsport entry crossing the finish line in 11th as the best ranking rookie after leading three laps along the way.

Started: 19th 
Finished: 11th

Malukas moved up to 10th before heading to pit lane for his first stop on Lap 60 but then unfortunately stalled exiting his pit box and lost precious positions on track.

  • However, he bounced back from going as low as 26th following his first pit stop to finish 11th in the 248-lap event.
  • The rookie stayed out of trouble all race long and was sitting 20th at the halfway mark of the race. 
  • He then continued to gain positions as the race went on climbing as high as first by lap 198. 
  • After leading his first three NTT INDYCAR SERIES laps, Malukas entered pit lane for his final stop on lap 201.
  • From then on, Malukas gained another five positions, making some nice passes to climb all the way to 11th and claim his best IndyCar finish so far.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“Wow, that’s a long race! Thank goodness for those yellows, it allowed me to rest a bit. We had a few incidents or moments, I guess. I stalled in pit lane and then had a moment trying to make a pass driving on the second line, but throughout all of it we were able to come out in 11th. I think that really shows how great IndyCar is and how great Texas Motor Speedway is. You have moments where unfortunate things can happen but you can still be a front runner. I want to thank the team for giving me a great car and everyone for their support.”

Strong Start Ends with Unfortunate Contact for Sato in Texas

#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

Fort Worth, TX (Sunday, March 20, 2022) – Takuma Sato saw his strong start to the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway come to an early end after contact from another driver pushed him towards the wall. 

Started: 3rd
Finished: 20th

  • Sato remained in the top 3 for the majority of his first stint and pit from the lead on Lap 63 for his first stop.
  • Unfortunately for Sato, his teammate stalled exiting his pit box when he was about to enter his, which ended up costing him positions on track.
  • Following the mishap in the pits Sato returned to the track in 17th but would later be taken out by Devlin DeFrancesco who had a ‘moment’ and clipped Sato’s front tire.
  • The contact sent the #51 Nurtec ODT driver towards the wall and despite just making slight contact, the crew had to make repairs to his car’s suspension.Sato managed to head back on track but the damage was done and he choose to retire with an ill driving car on lap 153, after moving into 20th place. 
Next Up: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – April 8 – 10, 2022

Third Place Start for Takuma Sato at Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, TX (Saturday, March 19, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) put in a spectacular qualifying run at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday placing third on the starting grid for Sunday’s XPEL 375. Rookie David Malukas also put in a solid performance aboard his #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports entry and will be starting 19th for his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval event. See below for more on each driver.

Third Place Start for Takuma Sato at Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, TX (Saturday, March 19, 2022) – Takuma Sato will be starting third in his first oval race for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR after a great qualifying run on Saturday in which he missed out on pole position by just two thousandths of a second. 

Starting: 3rd
Lap 1: 221.216mph
Lap 2: 220.973mph
Average speed: 221.094mph

This is Takuma Sato’s second-best qualifying result at Texas Motor Speedway after starting on pole position in 2019.Sato was the 18th driver to take to the track in the 27-car field. He immediately placed second on the provisional grid and remained in that position until the final qualifying run of the day moved him to third.The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda has finished in the top 10 three times in his last five starts at TMS.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It was a great team effort. The 51 boys did everything they could, and it was great. I was comfortable with the #51 Nurtec ODT car. I was able to commit 100%. The car was fast, I was just two thousandths of a second from pole. A third place, for our first ever oval qualifying together is more than what we should be happy with. I look forward to tomorrow and I’m confident we will do a good job for the race.”

David Malukas Has Solid Qualifying Run in Oval Debut

Fort Worth, TX (Saturday, March 20, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas took part in his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval qualifying on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, registering the 19th fastest two-lap average around the 1.5-mile track.

Starting: 19th 
Lap 1: 219.927mph
Lap 2: 219.802mph
Average speed: 219.864mph
The driver of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports put in a solid performance for his first oval qualifying run. Despite being only the second driver to take to the track he put in two consistent lap times that initially placed him ahead of oval veteran Ed Carpenter. Malukas was sitting in 10th with 10 drivers remaining and ended up 19th on the starting grid for the XPEL 375 once all 27 drivers took to the track.
David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“We were the second car out for qualifying and I definitely had a lot or nerves building up, so I was happy to be one of the first cars to go out so I didn’t have too much time to think about it. As soon as I went out, I stayed on top of my tools. Thankfully we had a lot of practice with the rookie test earlier this month and an hour this morning and we did so many qualifying sims that when it came to the real deal it felt like clockwork. It was repetitive and I knew what to do. I stayed flat and gave it the maximum I could. I think it’s the best we could do with the conditions at the time I took to the track. Overall, I’m quite happy with my qualifying performance today. Now let’s see how we do in the race tomorrow.”
Race Info:
XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway
Race 2 of 17
Track length: 1.5-mile superspeedway
Race Distance:  248-laps

Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Green Flag: 11:45am 
Race broadcast: 11:30am – 2pm (NBC & INDYCAR Radio – 12:30pm ET)
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