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Malukas’ Stellar Rookie Season Comes to a Close

Salinas, CA (Sunday, September 11, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) and Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) saw their season come to a close on Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with 13th (Malukas) and 23rd (Sato) place finishes. Details for both drivers are below.

Malukas’ Stellar Rookie Season Comes to a Close with a 13th Place Finish

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

Salinas, CA (Sunday, September 11, 2022) – David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) didn’t have the season finale he was hoping for on Sunday as he crossed the finish line in 13th place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but overall the rookie driver showed his worth throughout the season. 

Started: 6th
Finished: 13th

  • Malukas was able to maintain his sixth position at the start of the race and headed to pit lane on Lap 11 for a used set of alternate tires.
  • Unfortunately, the rookie was struggling with tire degradation, and he had to return to pit lane on Lap 22 for a set of primary Firestone Tires.
  • The early stop meant that he fell to 20th after exiting pit lane, however, he did cycle back up to 11th before making his third stop on Lap 38.
  • When the race resumed after a caution period on Lap 43, Malukas was running 16th, from there he battled back up and was running 12th when he entered pit lane for his final stop on Lap 66.
  • While he ran a strong pace in his final stints, the rookie had to settle with a 13th place finish to end the season.
  • With today’s result, Malukas ended up second in the Rookie of the Year battle.
  • Overall, this season, Malukas had a best finish of second at World Wide Technology Raceway and a best starting position of fifth (Toronto). He finished in the top 10 three times and started in the top 10 seven times.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“We really struggled today with tire degradation. The car wasn’t really feeling it. Which kind of stinks because in warm up we were really good on both tire compounds. That yellow came out at a bad time for us. So the last two stints we had to go long but I managed to salvage a 13th place finish. All in all, it was a tough race, but overall looking back at the season, for a rookie, it was a good season for us. At the start of the season, I made rookie mistakes, but I learned from them, and we continued to move forward and from the Month of May, connecting with the team we really just took off. The second half of the season was everything more than I could ask for. Thank you to Dale Coyne Racing, HMD Motorsports, everyone did an amazing job. Now onto next year.”

Sato’s 2022 Season Ends with Reflections of Stellar Moments

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

Salinas, CA (Sunday, September 11, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT- Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) didn’t have the race he wanted at the season finale but reflecting back on highlights of the year he ran strong at Indy, Texas and Gateway and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

Started: 22nd
Finished: 23rd

  • Sato had great start to the race moving up to 17th place from his 22nd place on the starting grid on the first lap.
  • Electing for a three-stop strategy, he had made his way to eighth by the time he entered pit lane on Lap 16.
  • He then battled his way back following his stop and was running 18th when he made his second stop on Lap 38.
  • Having tangled with another car on track, Sato aggravated an injury to his thumb but continued to run strong. 
  • He pit from 23rd on lap 68 and went on to finish the race in that position.
  • In 17 races this season, Sato had a best finish of fifth (World Wide Technology Raceway) and a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year. He finished in the top 10 four times and started in the top 10 six times.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“The final race of the season was a really long one! I had a very good start. Strategy-wise it was a mixture across the field. Because of tires a lot had to do the four-stop strategy but we stuck with the three stop and didn’t quite have the pace. Plus, I had a little tangle with another car, and I already had some issues with my thumb but now it’s officially broken. So not a good day. I tried hanging on. Thank you to everyone for all the support. The 51 boys at Dale Coyne Racing with RWR, it was a privilege to have a great season with them. It’s a shame that we didn’t have a good finish today but it was great fun and I’m really happy to be a part of the team.”

Malukas Qualifies Seventh for Season Finale

Malukas Qualifies Seventh for Season Finale

Salinas, CA (Saturday, September 10, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) and Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) qualified seventh and 22nd respectively for Sunday’s season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Details for both drivers are below.

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

Salinas, CA (Saturday, September 10, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) qualified seventh for Sunday’s season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca by making a seventh trip to the second round of qualifying on Saturday.

Starting: 7th
Round 1 (Group 1): 1st
Best Lap: 1:11.7507

Round 2: 7th
Best Lap: 1:11.6295

  • Malukas was the fastest of the Group 1 drivers thanks to a lap of 1:11.7507 registered on his final lap of the 10-minute session.
  • Segment 1 / Group 1 was hindered by a red flag about halfway through the session, so all cars had the opportunity to make only one timed lap as a final attempt at improving their position.
  • The rookie was sitting fifth in his group just before crossing the timing line and jumped up to first while taking the checkered flag.
  • In Round 2, Malukas came close to making another trip to the Firestone Fast 6 but fell just 0.008 seconds from sixth place and had to settle with seventh on the starting grid.
  • Malukas enters the last race only five points behind Christan Lundgaard who starts 16th in the Rookie of the Year battle.
  • Malukas is making his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca but he has competed at the track in Indy Lights in 2019 and 2021 picking up a best finish of second.
  • So far this season, Malukas has a best finish of second at World Wide Technology Raceway and a best starting position of fifth (Toronto).

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“We once again made it to the Fast 12 and we were so close to making it to the Firestone Fast 6. Unfortunately, with the local yellows I ended up only with one fast lap on the alternate tires. That lap was on the conservative side. I wanted to make sure we got at least one lap in because this track punishes you if you go just a little over the speed limit. If you hit the dust your lap is done. I wanted to make sure we weren’t just P12, I wanted to be up there. It hurts though because I missed it by only 8 thousandths of a second from the Fast 6. Looking back there were some places I could have pushed a bit more to find a few tenths. All in all, it was very, very tight. I think it was a good session for us especially from where we finished in the practices. I think it’s a good result heading into the race.”

Sato Closes Out Season with 11th Row Start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

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

Salinas, CA (Saturday, September 10, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT- Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) once again came close to making it to the second round of qualifying on Saturday but fell short by a few tenths of a second and had to settle with a 22nd place on the starting grid for tomorrow’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

Starting: 22nd
Round 1 (group 2): 11th
    Best Lap: 1:12.4489

  • Sato went out in Group 2 in the first round of qualifying.
  • He recorded his best time on his sixth and final lap around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course with a lap of 1:12.4489.
  • His fastest lap placed him 11th in his group, just three and a half tenths of a second from making it to the second round.
  • Sato will be making his third start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
  • In 16 races this season, Sato has a best finish of fifth (World Wide Technology Raceway) and a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year.

Career facts: 

  • Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 – Indy 500) 
  • 10 poles (2011 – Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 – Houston Race 1; 2014 – St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 – Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 – Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“Unfortunately, we had a very frustrating qualifying session because through the practice sessions we were moving forward, and it looked good going into qualifying, but we had an issue with tire management and it didn’t go as we wished. There was traffic as well, it’s not an excuse because everyone deals with it, it’s just one of those unfortunate things. The field is so close that we were just a few tenths from moving to the next round. We’ll have to fight back again tomorrow from the back of the grid but I’m confident we’ll have a good car for the race.”

Next Up:
WeatherTech Raceway
Race 17 of 17
September 11, 2022, 2:40pm ET on NBC

Malukas Closes Gap in Rookie of the Year Battle at Portland

Portland, OR (Sunday, September 4, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) and Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) completed the Grand Prix of Portland in 14th and 18th respectively. Details for both drivers are below.


Portland, OR (Sunday, September 4, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) didn’t have the outcome he would have like in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland but he did manage to climb to within five points of the leader in the Rookie of the Year standings with a 14th place finish. 

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

Started: 10th
Finished: 14th

  • Malukas had a great start to the 110-lap event, picking up four positions on the first lap to move into sixth place.
  • He was running fifth by the time he made his first pit stop on Lap 16. 
  • Unfortunately for the rookie, he, like others, struggled on the primary set of Firestone tires and lost positions during his second stint, running 14th for the majority of it.
  • The #18 HMD driver switched back to the alternate Firestone tire on his Lap 48 pit stop but the damage was already done, and he spent most of his stint in 15th position.
  • He made his final stop on Lap 79 and was able to move into 14th place on Lap 95, where he stayed until he took the checkered, but it wasn’t without a fight trying to gain more positions.
  • With Sunday’s finish, Malukas picked up six points on Christian Lundgaard to move to within five points in the Rookie of the Year battle going into the final race of the season next weekend at Laguna Seca. 
  • So far this season, Malukas has a best finish of second at World Wide Technology Raceway and a best starting position of fifth (Toronto).

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“We just finished the race in 14th after starting 10th. The start was great, I went on the outside of everyone, and we came out in sixth. Our first stint on Reds was very good. We choose to go with the primary tire for our second stint to see what we wanted to do for the rest of the race, and they just didn’t perform as well as we would have liked them to. We had no pace and lost all the positions we had gained at the start and fell all the way back to 16th. We continued to push until the yellow flag came out near the end. We were all bunched up on the restart, and had a lot of push to pass but unfortunately was still not able to get by any cars. It wasn’t the result we wanted but we were able to cut the gap to five points in the Rookie of the Year standings.”

Sato Fights Back to Finish 18th in Portland

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

Portland, OR (Sunday, September 4, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT- Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) had a bit of an up and down day at the Grand Prix of Portland but at the end of the day he crossed the finished line in 18th place. 

Started: 22nd
Finished: 18th

  • Sato maintained his position at the start of the race and spent the majority of his first two stints in 22nd and 23rd position. 
  • Following his second pit stop on Lap 54, he climbed up to 21st and he was running 18th after his final stop on Lap 79.
  • A full course caution then came out on Lap 84 and Sato received a penalty for not packing up quickly enough, so he had to give up three positions, which put him back in 21st place.
  • Not one to give up, Sato continued to push and was once again running 18th by the time he crossed the finish line. 
  • In 16 races this season, Sato has a best finish of fifth (World Wide Technology Raceway) and a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year.

Career facts: 

  • Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 – Indy 500) 
  • 10 poles (2011 – Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 – Houston Race 1; 2014 – St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 – Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 – Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“The Portland race had some good sides and some not so good sides. We were hoping to have more yellows and were aiming for a two-stop strategy at the very, very beginning. But when we got to about 10 -15 laps in, we realized it wasn’t going to work so we went back to full power. At that time our car was working well, and we passed some cars. The 51 boys did great pit stops and helped me gain some positions as well. However, under the yellow we were told that we didn’t pack up quickly enough. That wasn’t our intention, but we got a penalty and that sent us back three places. In the end, we ended up 18th, it wasn’t ideal, but the team is working really hard. Hopefully we have a stress free, penalty free, good weekend at Laguna Seca.”

Malukas to Start from Row 5 at Portland

Portland, OR (Saturday, September 3, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) and Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) took part in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portland on Saturday with Malukas qualifying 10th and Sato 22nd. Details for both drivers are below.

Malukas to Start from
Row 5 at Portland

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

Portland, OR (Saturday, September 3, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) made it to the Fast 12 for the sixth time this season and placed himself 10th on the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland.

Starting: 10th

Round 1 (group 2): 4th
Best Lap: 58.0506 

Round 2: 10th
Best Lap: 58.4038

  • Malukas went out in Group 2 of Round 1 of qualifying and registered a fastest lap of 58.0506 seconds on his seventh timed lap of the session.
  • His fast lap initially placed him second in the group, but he ended up fourth by the time the checkered flag fell on the 10-minute session.
  • In Round 2, Malukas’ fastest lap of 58.4038 seconds placed him sixth when he took the checkered flag but once all drivers had completed their final lap, he had fallen to 10th, just seven hundredths of a second separating him from another trip to the Firestone Fast 6.
  • Malukas is making his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES start at Portland International Raceway but he has competed at the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda.
  • During his last trip to Portland, he finished first and second in the Indy Lights Doubleheader weekend.
  • The rookie picked up his first podium of the season at the previous round at World Wide Technology Raceway. He has a best start of fifth (Toronto).

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“We did make it to the second segment today, but we didn’t really have the pace that we needed to make it to the Firestone Fast 6. Yesterday in practice we were very, very quick and it seems that with the higher track temps that’s when we succeed. Once the track temps cool down, we start to struggle a little bit. We tried in Practice 2 this morning to find that time and we couldn’t really get it there, but we did find a bit and closed the gap a little. It’s not the result we wanted today in qualifying, but I think it’s all good. If a P10 is bad for us, then I think it’s all going swell.”

Sato Looking to Repeat 2018 Performance in Portland

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

Portland, OR (Saturday, September 3, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT- Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) is hoping to repeat his performance from the 2018 Grand Prix of Portland where he moved up from 20th on the grid to take the win after placing 22nd in the starting lineup for the Grand Prix of Portland.

Starting: 22nd
Round 1 (group 2): 11th
Best Lap: 58.6058

  • Sato took to the track in Group 2 in the first round of qualifying.
  • He recorded his best time on his eighth and final lap around the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course with a lap of 58.6058 seconds.
  • His fastest lap placed him 11th in his group, and less than half a second from making it to the second round.
  • This will be Sato’s fourth race at Portland International Raceway, in his first appearance in 2018, he climbed to the top step of the podium after starting from the 20th position. 
  • His best starting position at PIR is 17th.
  • In 15 races this season, Sato has a best finish of fifth (World Wide Technology Raceway) and a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year.

Career facts: 

  • Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 – Indy 500) 
  • 10 poles (2011 – Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 – Houston Race 1; 2014 – St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 – Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 – Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“We had a bit of a scary issue in practice yesterday and I lost a lot of track time, so I lost the chance to try the red Firestone tire. The only chance I had was this morning in practice, so it was a little bit challenging for us going into qualifying. We did try hard. The outcome wasn’t what we wished but the 51 Nurtec ODT car was pretty good in the final practice, and I feel much more positive after moving up to 13th in that session. I think we are wide open strategy wise. We can do many, many things and we can still overtake so I look forward to tomorrow’s race.”

Race Info:
Grand Prix of Portland
Portland International Raceway

Race 16 of 17
September 4, 2022
Race Broadcast: 3pm ET on NBC

Bommarito 500

Madison, IL (Saturday, August 20, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas scored his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES podium with a second-place finish at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday. His teammate, Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR picked up his best finish of the season with a fifth-place finish.

David Malukas Scores First Podium with Second Place Finish at World Wide Technology Raceway 

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

Madison, IL (Saturday, August 20, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas scored his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES podium with a second-place finish at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday thanks to a brilliant drive

Started: 12th
Finished: 2nd

  • Malukas took over second place with a daring move on Team Penske’s Scott Mclaughlin on the final lap of the 260-lap.
  • Earlier in the race, Malukas ran consistently in the opening stints biding his time in a field that initially didn’t see much passing. 
  • As the race went on, he made his way up the field and was running fifth when the race was red flagged for rain on Lap 214.
  • Following the rain delay, the race resumed with 36 laps remaining. 
  • Restarting fifth, Malukas made his way around lapped cars and took over fourth with a move on Will Power.
  • He then chased down Pato O’Ward and got by him for third with 17 laps remaining.
  • Throughout the race, the rookie also led four laps, made 34 on track passes and registered the second fastest race lap (175.693 mph).
  • Malukas currently sits second in the Rookie of the Year standings, 11 points behind Christian Lundgaard.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“Whew, that was really good! Wow! We knew the car was going to be good and it was just getting better and better. And, from the practice yesterday that was around the same time [as tonight’s race], we knew that the cooler the track got, the better our car was compared to the others. So, this whole red flag deal [during the rain delay], I was just like, Please, please let it go green again! And when it went green, I knew that the car was just amazing. I’m not gonna lie though, being up in the front against [Will] Power and Pato [O’Ward], they know how to defend, they know how to block lines, it was really tough to get around them. All in all, the team did such a good job. They deserve it. What a good race!”

Takuma Sato Registers Best Finish of the Season with Fifth Place at Bommarito 500
#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

Madison, IL (Saturday, August 20, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) registered his best finish of the season with a fifth-place finish in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Saturday night. 

Started: 8th
Finished: 5th

  • Sato picked up a spot at the start of the race and ran seventh for the majority of his first stint.
  • He had moved up to sixth by the time he made his second stop on Lap 103.
  • Having pitted earlier than others, Sato gained some ground in clean air and took the lead of the race on Lap 127.
  • Sato was still leading when a full course caution came out on Lap 144, taking away the advantage he had built with his previous strategy,
  • He was eighth when the race returned to green on Lap 158 and was running sixth when the race was red flagged on Lap 217 due to rain.
  • Sato picked up one more spot during the final stint of the race, taking over fifth place on Lap 231, giving himself his best finish of the season.
  • He led 22 laps in the race.

Career facts: 

  • Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 – Indy 500) 
  • 10 poles (2011 – Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 – Houston Race 1; 2014 – St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 – Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 – Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“This place has always brought us excitement and here we are again! I think it was a fantastic race for the spectators. I was pleased to bring home a top five for Honda, but we needed just a little bit more help. There were some guys a few laps down that didn’t let me go, and I think that cost me a
place or two. But, nevertheless, I’m thankful for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR and Honda. What a great result for all of us. Congratulations to David (Malukas) on his first podium.”

Next Up:
Grand Prix of Portland

Portland International Raceway
Race 16 of 17
September 4, 2022
Race Broadcast: 3pm ET on NBC

World Wide Technology Raceway Qualifying Reports

Takuma Sato and David Malukas to Start on Fourth and Sixth Row

Madison, IL (Friday, August 19, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT) and David Malukas (#18 HMD) took part in qualifying on Saturday to set the grid for tomorrow’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Takuma Sato qualified eighth and David Malukas 12th for the 260-lap event.

Takuma Sato to Start Eighth at World Wide Technology Raceway

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

Madison, IL (Friday, August 19, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) came out strong in qualifying for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Friday and ended up eighth on the starting grid for Saturday’s main event.

Starting: 8th
Lap 1: 180.476 mph
Lap 2: 179.623
Two-lap average: 180.048 mph

  • Sato was the eighth driver to take to the track aboard his #51 Nurtec ODT Honda.
  • He immediately jumped to the top of the timing sheet with a two-lap average of 180.048 mph.
  • The two-time Indy 500 Champion spent the majority of the session on the provisional pole.
  • With seven drivers remaining to make their qualifying run, he fell to second and ended up eighth on the starting grid.
  • Sato is making his seventh start at World Wide Technology Raceway.
  • He has a win (2019) and a pole at the 1.25-mile oval, as well as five top 10 finishes, including a second-place finish.
  • In 14 races this season, Sato has a best finish of seventh (IMS road course) and he has a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit.

Career facts: 

  • Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 – Indy 500) 
  • 10 poles (2011 – Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 – Houston Race 1; 2014 – St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 – Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 – Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“I think we did our best for qualifying, under the circumstance we are P8. The temperature dropped towards the end of the session, but even though the last cars to go out are already quick, I don’t think we would have been able to match them unfortunately. That said, the guys did a great job. David (Malukas) came here for the rookie test earlier this month so that gave us a good basis for our setup and then we made some more progress in Practice 1. Eighth I think is the best we could achieve as I did have a couple of moments but we did our best. Hopefully we’ll have a very strong race tomorrow.

Sixth Row Start for David Malukas at World Wide Technology Raceway 

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

Madison, IL (Friday, August 19, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) will be starting the final oval of the season from the sixth row after qualifying 12th for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

Starting: 12th
Lap 1: 178.823 mph
Lap 2: 179.497 mph
Two-lap average: 179.159 mph

  • Malukas and his #18 HMD Honda were 10th in the qualifying line.
  • He registered a two-lap average of 179.159mph that initially placed him third on the provisional grid.
  • Once all 26 cars had made their qualifying attempts, Malukas found himself 13th on the timing sheet.
  • With one driver ahead of him getting a grid penalty, Malukas will be starting 12th.
  • The rookie is making his first start at World Wide Technology Raceway but has competed at the venue in Indy Lights, picking up a couple of wins last season after starting first and second.
  • Malukas has a best finish of eighth this season (Race 2 at Iowa Speedway) and a best start of fifth (Toronto) in 14 races.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“That was very exciting! We had one too many moments for my liking. As soon as we left the pits and went into my warmup lap, I had one. Thankfully I saved it, but I had many little moments during my qualifying run, so it was a long three laps, but the HMD car came back in one piece. We would’ve liked a starting position in the top 10 but despite all that the race car is still very quick. We have one more session to make some final changes and get ready for the race tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it.”

Race Info:
Bommarito Automotive Group 500

World Wide Technology Raceway
Race 15 of 17
August 19 – 20, 2022

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Race Reports

Sato and Malukas Both
Victims of Contact in Nashville


Nashville, TN (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing did not have the day it was hoping for at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix with both drivers being taken out by competitors. Details for both Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) and David Malukas (#18 HMD – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) are below.

Malukas Runs Strong in Nashville; Gets Taken Out by Competitor

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

Nashville, TN (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) was on his way to what could possibly have been his best finish this season but contact with another competitor took him out of the race when he was running seventh in Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

Started: 7th
Finished: 20th

  • Malukas had a great start to the race as he moved into sixth place for the first 10 laps of the 80-lap event.
  • While he fell to 12th before heading to pit lane for his first stop on Lap 20, he then made up ground and was running third when a full course caution came out on Lap 26.
  • The rookie continued to run strong and was still in third place by the time he made his second stop on Lap 54, under a full course caution.
  • Malukas gained a position on his pit stop but with five other cars having stopped a few laps earlier than him, he was running seventh to take the restart.
  • His race ended when Kyle Kirkwood dove on the inside of him going into Turn 9 on Lap 65.
  • The #18 HMD driver didn’t see Kirkwood and the contact between the two put an end to Malukas’ race.
  • He ended up 20th on the results sheet.
  • Malukas has a best finish of eighth this season (Race 2 at Iowa Speedway) and a best start of fifth (Toronto).

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“Our race ended up short. It was very unfortunate. Kyle (Kirkwood) came in for a late move. It seemed a bit on the desperate side, and we collided. We weren’t going to make it through the turn. However, before that crash happened, we were having a very good race. We were maybe looking at a podium with the way the strategies were playing out. Who knows what would have happened, but it seemed like we were on the right track. The driving was good, the strategy was good, the pit stops were great, and I think it was going to be our best result as a team this year, but sadly, Nashville is not so forgiving.”

Sato Sees Race End Early in Nashville Due to Contact

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

Nashville, TN (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT- Dale Coyne Racing with RWR saw his race come to an early end after he was hit by another competitor not quite halfway through the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

Started: 20th
Finished: 21st

  • Sato started his second career race in Nashville from the 20th position.
  • He was running 18th by Lap 10 and had made his way up to 13th by the time he entered pit lane for his first stop on Lap 22.
  • The #51 Nurtec ODT driver was running a good pace and making his way up the field when he attempted a pass on the #29 car of Devlin DeFrancesco.
  • Sato made sure that the rookie driver could see him heading into the Turn 10 corner but the two still made contact and both ended up in the wall.
  • The damage to Sato’s car was too severe to continue and he ended up 21st.
  • In 14 races this season, Sato has a best finish of seventh (IMS road course) and he has a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year.

Career facts:

  • Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 – Indy 500) 
  • 10 poles (2011 – Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 – Houston Race 1; 2014 – St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 – Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 – Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“Our race was very disappointing today. We were making our way up running P15 and making our way to the top 10 but we didn’t quite get there. What happened was that DeFrancesco went wide into Turn 10 and we both hit the wall, normally you can run two-wide there. He said I had turned into him, but I didn’t. I made sure that he saw me, and he did. He explained that someone had hit him from behind, but looking at the footage of on-board cameras, that wasn’t the case. Basically, he didn’t turn, and he crashed into me. What’s mostly disappointing, it’s not just that we didn’t finish the race, we should have good quality, hard racing, but it wasn’t that. As a team, David (Malukas) had a great run, but he also had an unfortunate situation. Not the day we wanted but we’ll keep the momentum going, and we should have a strong race in St. Louis in a couple of weeks.”

Next Up:
Bommarito Automotive Group 500
World Wide Technology Raceway
Race 15 of 17
August 19 – 20, 2022
Race Broadcast: 6pm ET on USA

Nashville Qualifying Reports

Seventh Place Start for
Rookie Malukas in Nashville

Nashville, TN (Saturday, August 6, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers David Malukas (#18 HMD) and Takuma Sato took to the streets of Nashville on Saturday for qualifying for tomorrow’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Malukas qualified seventh and Sato placed himself 20th on the starting grid. Details on both drivers’ qualifying sessions are below.

Seventh Place Start for Rookie Malukas in Nashville

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

Nashville, TN (Saturday, August 6, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) is making his first appearance on the streets of Nashville this weekend but it didn’t show as he placed himself an impressive seventh on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. 

Starting: 7th

  • Malukas went out in Group 1 of qualifying and despite a shortened session due to red flags, he managed to place himself third in his group with a lap time of 1:16.6882.
  • His result meant that he would be moving on to the second segment for the fifth time this season.
  • The rookie then came close to securing a spot in the Firestone Fast Six but a small mistake in one of the turns cost him a few tenths and he missed out on the final round by only 3 hundredths of a second.
  • In segment 2, he registered a fastest lap of 1:14.9616 that initially placed him fifth in his group but he would end up seventh when all was said and done.
  • In addition to his five trips to the second round, he has made it to the Fast 6 twice this season, 
  • Malukas has a best finish of eighth this season (Race 2 at Iowa Speedway) and a best start of fifth (Toronto).

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“Unfortunately, we didn’t make the Firestone Fast 6 today, we ended up one position away. I am a little bit frustrated from my end. We had a car to make it there and I made one mistake in one of the corners. It really hurts. It cost me multiple tenths and a place in the Top 6. It’s unfortunate that that happened but the team gave me a great car. I look forward to the race tomorrow.”

Tenth Row Start for Takuma Sato in Nashville
#51: Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • Sato was part of the second group to take to the track in Segment 1 of qualifying.
  • He registered his fastest qualifying time on his fifth lap.
  • His time of 1:15.5935 initially placed him seventh in his group.
  • He was 10th in his group when the checkered flag fell at the end of the session, meaning he wouldn’t move on to the second round, missing out by less than four tenths of a second.
  • Sato is making his second start on the streets of Nashville
  • In 13 races this season, Sato has a best finish of seventh (IMS road course) and he has a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year.

Career facts: 

  • Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 – Indy 500 ) 
  • 10 poles (2011 – Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 – Houston Race 1; 2014 – St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 – Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 – Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“We had a good practice session earlier today and made good progress. So, we were looking forward to qualifying but it didn’t work out really well. We thought we had a good qualifying but in the end, the lap times were very, very close. Unfortunately, we couldn’t move up to the second round because we ended up tenth in our group. We still have a warmup tomorrow to prepare for the race. Last year the race was dramatic, so I think we still have a good chance and hopefully we have a good one tomorrow.”

Next Up:
Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
Race 14 of 17
August 7th, 2022
Race Broadcast: 3pm ET on NBC

Malukas and Sato at the Gallagher Grand Prix

Hard Fought Battles for Malukas and Sato at the Gallagher Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 30, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers David Malukas (#18 HMD) and Takuma Sato took part in the Gallagher Grand Prix on Saturday finishing 13th and 15th respectively. Details on both drivers’ races are below.

Malukas Takes Checkered Flag in 13th at Gallagher Grand Prix

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

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 30, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) had another strong race on Saturday aboard his #18 HMD Honda however the final result wasn’t indicative of his performance.

Started: 11th
Finished: 13th

  • Malukas had to avoid getting punted in the opening laps of the 85-lap event and fell to 18th from his 11th place on the starting grid.
  • The rookie then opted to pit on Lap 10 and switch to the alternate Firestone tire. 
  • •He returned to pit lane on Lap 35, just before a full course caution came out on Lap 36.
  • He was running 18th when the race returned to green on Lap 40
  • The rookie was 16th by the time he made his final stop on Lap 60. 
  • He was 16th once all cars cycled through their final stops and he then fought his way back to take the checkered flag in 13th place.
  • Malukas’ best finish this season came last weekend in Race 2 at Iowa Speedway where he finished eighth. He has a best start of fifth on the streets of Toronto.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“Sadly, this weekend was just unfortunate event after unfortunate event. In practice and qualifying we had some issues and now in the race we got punted in the early laps and that set us back. Then we had some unlucky yellows. We just can’t seem to get luck the whole way through a race. We fell back to 18th at one point and we worked our way back up to 13th so at the end of the day it isn’t too bad considering where we started. I think we could have been moving forward early on, I think we had a much better car than what our result is showing.”

Takuma Sato Qualifies on Ninth Row for Gallagher Grand Prix

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

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 30, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Deloitte) and his Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team finished the Gallagher Grand Prix in 15th place on Saturday.

Started: 18th
Finished: 15th

  • Sato’s team opted to pit under the first caution period on Lap 4, and hope for more yellows further into the race that would give them an advantage.
  • Once all cars had made their first stops, Sato found himself in sixth place.
  • He was running fifth when he entered pit lane for his second stop on Lap 31.
  • Following his stop, he was running ninth when another full course caution came out on Lap 37. 
  • The caution reset the field as everyone now had one more stop to go.
  • Sato had fallen to 13th by the time he made his final stop on Lap 59.
  • He crossed the finish line in 15th.
  • In 13 races this season, Sato has a best finish of seventh scored at the IMS road course earlier this year during the GMR Grand Prix and he has an overall best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“P15 today, probably not deserved, but we had to try. We decided to pit under the first yellow which we knew was really short for that stint and that it would be a sacrifice for the rest of the race. We were hoping to get another couple yellows and it didn’t turn out that way. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t get a better result. We tried, it was important to keep pushing and hopefully we get a better result in Nashville next weekend.”

Next Up:
Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
Race 14 of 17
August 7th, 2022
Race Broadcast: 3pm ET on NBC

Another Fast 12 Qualifying Performance for Malukas

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 29, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports David Malukas (#18 HMD) once again made it into the Fast 12 on Friday during qualifying for the Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway while his teammate Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) qualified 18th.

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 29, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) once again made it into the Fast 12 during qualifying on a road/street course this season, placing himself 11th on the starting grid for tomorrow’s Gallagher Grand Prix.

Starting: 11th
Best lap in Round 2: 1:10.5636
Round 1 / Group 2 – 6th
Best lap: 1:10.6239

  • Malukas registered a fastest lap 1:10.6239 in Group 2 of qualifying. The time placed him sixth in his group which allowed him to move on to the Fast 12 for the fourth time this season.  
  • The rookie placed fifth early on in segment 2 and even jumped up to first thanks to his fastest lap of 1:10. 5636.
  • However, once all drivers had taken the checkered flag, he found himself 11th.
  • In addition to his four trips to the Fast 12, Malukas has made it into the Firestone Fast 6 twice this season.
  • He has a best start of fifth on the streets of Toronto.
  • Malukas’ best finish this season came last weekend in Race 2 at Iowa Speedway where he finished eighth. 

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“We once again made it into Segment 2 but had some front brake issues and we couldn’t reach our maximum PSI in the front, so we had a lot of rear locking. It was a lot of fun to drive but very, very tough. That said, I think with the pace that we had it was still very, very good. It’s just a shame, I think the team did such a good job to make sure the #18 HMD car was where it needed to be and we just couldn’t show everything it had. I’m still very happy with 11th, I think that’s a good result and I look forward to the race tomorrow.”

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 29, 2022) –Takuma Sato (#51 Deloitte) and his Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team placed 18th on the starting grid for the Gallagher Grand Prix during qualifying on Friday.

Starting: 18th
Round 1 / Group 1: 9th
Best Lap: 1:10.8276

  • The two-time Indy 500 Champion went out in Group 1/Round 2 of qualifying and registered his fastest time on his penultimate lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.
  • His time of 1:10.8276 placed him ninth in his group and 18th on the starting grid. 
  • He missed out on the second round by just a couple of tenths of a second.
  • Sato is making his 13th start on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend and is one of only six drivers that has competed in all the NTT INDYCAR SERIES IMS road course events.
  • In his 12-road course starts at IMS, he has a best finish of seventh (2022), and a best starting position of 11th (twice).
  • He also has six top 10 finishes on the IMS road course.
  • So far this season, Sato has a best finish of seventh scored at the IMS road course earlier this year during the GMR Grand Prix and he has an overall best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit this year.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It was a bit frustrating today. In practice we were off pace so much and we struggled. In qualifying, we adjusted the car and I think we came back halfway. In terms of the competitiveness, we just needed two more tenths to go on to the second segment. We have a warmup tomorrow and that’s a good thing. The car is getting better so hopefully we have a strong race. We do have two new sets of tires for the race and that will be an advantage for us.”

Race Info:
Gallagher Grand Prix
Race 13 of 17
July 30, 2022
Race Broadcast: Noon ET on NBC

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