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Palou Registers Fastest Race Lap in Race 2 at Gateway, Finishes 12th

Madison, IL (August 30, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh driver Alex Palou’s #55 Guaranteed Rate Honda was the quickest car on track, but in a race where passing was extremely limited, the rookie had to settle with a 12th place finish in Race 2 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Sunday.

#55: Alex Palou, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda

Starting 14th, Palou lost a couple of positions at the start but managed to gain one spot back to move into 15th place. With passing being very difficult for everyone on track, the Spaniard held his position for the majority of his first stint. 

Once all cars on track had completed their first pit stops, Palou had moved into 14th, where once again he would remain until his second stop on Lap 92.

Shortly after completing his third and final pit stop that allowed him to gain a couple more spots, Palou registered the fastest race lap on Lap 147 with a time of 25.69 seconds around the 1.25-mile oval. Despite his speed, the rookie would take the checkered flag in 12th position.

“That was an uneventful race. It was super difficult to pass. I think the only passing that happened was at the start and with the pit strategy where we gained four or five positions. It was easy to follow other cars but just very hard to get a run on them, and that was the same for everyone on track. It ended up being about strategy and trying to make that work in our favor. It’s a shame because we had a really fast car, we had the fastest race lap and that shows how good our #55 Guaranteed Rate car is. I felt really comfortable with the car, it’s too bad we couldn’t finish any higher,” shared Palou.

Early Penalty Costly for Palou in Race 1 at Gateway

#55: Alex Palou, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda

Madison, IL (August 29, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh driver Alex Palou’s race got off to a bad start at World Wide Technology Raceway after a questionable penalty sent him to the back of the field at the start. The rookie went on to cross the finish line in 15th place aboard his #55 Guaranteed Rate Honda.

Palou, who qualified 11th earlier in the day, was heading down the front stretch for the start of the race when cars in front of him slowed down as they waited for the green flag to fly. In order to avoid contact with the car in front of him, Palou jumped out of line and made it through unharmed while others spun behind him. However, the rookie would end up being penalized for getting out of formation before taking the green flag, even if it was to avoid contact.

The penalty meant that Palou had to take the Lap 14 restart from 18th. The driver of the #55 Guaranteed Rate Honda made it back up to 11th before his first pit stop on Lap 63 but continued on in 15th once stops had cycled through.

Palou climbed into the top 10 on Lap 102 a few laps before a caution for very light rain falling on the raceway. However, the rookie fell back to 13th when the race resumed on Lap 122. 

In the later part of the race, the Spaniard stayed out as long as possible before making his final stop, in the hopes a caution would play in his favor, but it wasn’t meant to be, and Palou ended the race in 15th. 

“The race didn’t start off like we wanted. I tried to avoid hitting the car in front of me as we were coming to take the green flag. They checked up in front of me and I pulled out of line to avoid contact, but I still got penalized for pulling out of line before the green. Because of that we got sent to the back and started last. From there, we just tried to make our way back up. We were a bit lucky with the yellow and made it back to the top 10. However, on the last restart I lost some places. We tried to go long before our last pit stop, hoping that a caution would come out, but it didn’t go our way. Tomorrow we have another race and the #55 Guaranteed Rate car is really strong so I’m looking forward to it,” said Palou.

Palou will be starting Race 2 at World Wide Technology Raceway from the 14th place on the grid. The second part of the doubleheader weekend  goes green at 2:45pm local time (3:45pm ET) and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

Guaranteed Rate Extends Its Partnership with Alex Palou

#55: Alex Palou, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda
Madison, IL (August 28, 2020) – Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States, is returning as primary sponsor on the Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh car driven by Alex Palou this weekend. The #55 Guaranteed Rate Honda will be back in action at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group doubleheader weekend on August 29 and 30 for Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2020 season.

Guaranteed Rate made its first appearance on Palou’s car at last weekend’s Indianapolis 500. 

“Alex has come in and made a big splash in the sport. His confidence and drive to win has kept race fans on the edge of our seats throughout the season, and gives him the inside track toward Rookie of the Year honors,” said Guaranteed Rate Chief Marketing Officer Steve Moffat. “We’re excited to continue Guaranteed Rate’s partnership with Alex in this weekend’s double-header.”

Palou completed every practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the top 10. He made it into the Fast Nine for qualifying, registered the fastest single lap (231.901mph) of the nine drivers in the Fast Nine qualifying session and posted the fastest trap speed of all drivers at 240.288mph. While his race ended after contact with the wall more than halfway through the 500-mile race, the rookie says he gained the experience and confidence to fight for wins on ovals.

“I want to thank Guaranteed Rate for their continued support this weekend. Hopefully we can give them a win. I’m super excited about racing at World Wide Technology Raceway (Gateway). I now have much more experience on an oval with these last two weeks at Indianapolis where I felt really comfortable. Already in Iowa, I think we made a big step forward, but I think Indy was the big moment where it clicked, and I gained confidence and feel ready to fight for races on ovals. Despite the accident, looking back at Indy we had an amazing two weeks. Until that moment, I think we were in a good spot to fight for the win,” said Palou. “Going to Gateway, if we look at the race last year, the team did an amazing job. They were close to accomplishing a 1-2 finish, so hopefully we can try and do the same this year with Santino.”

Palou enters the weekend at the 1.25-mile oval with a best oval starting position of seventh (Iowa Race 2, Indianapolis 500) and a best oval finish of 11th (Iowa Race 1) in only four oval starts. Overall this season, the rookie has a best finish of third (Road America Race 1) as well as a best starting position of third (Road America Race 2). Palou currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings by one point.

“We’re extremely pleased that Guaranteed Rate has extended its sponsorship of Palou’s car for this weekend,” expressed Team Owner Dale Coyne. “Alex has shown great potential and I’m confident we can have a strong weekend at Gateway and make Guaranteed Rate proud.”

The Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh driver will get 90 minutes of practice time on Friday starting at 3:30pm local time. The starting grid for each race will be set in Saturday’s qualifying session (11am local time). Each driver will get two qualifying laps with Lap 1 setting the grid for Saturday’s Race 1 and Lap 2 the grid for Sunday’s Race 2.

Both races will go green at 2:45pm local time (3:45pm ET) and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

About Guaranteed Rate
Guaranteed Rate is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the Company has more than 5,000 employees in nearly 350 offices across the U.S., and is licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances and funded more than $30 billion in loans in 2019 alone. The Company has cemented itself as Positively Different by introducing innovative technology, such as the world’s first Digital Mortgage, by offering low rates and by delivering unparalleled customer service. Honors and awards include: Top Lender for Online Service for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide’s Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2019; Top Lender 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Chicago Agent magazine; Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Online Mortgage Lender, Best Mortgage Lender for VA loans and Best Conventional Mortgage Lender by NerdWallet in 2019. Visit rate.com for more information.

About Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh was formed at the end of 2019 as a partnership between Dale Coyne Racing and Kazumichi Goh, the founder of Team Goh. The two teams first collaborated in the early 1990s and reconnected nearly 20 years later to run Spaniard Alex Palou in the NTT IndyCar Series. Dale Coyne Racing has participated in every season of the North American open-wheel series since 1984. Dale Coyne, a Midwestern entrepreneur who designed and built Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL, is known for taking on young drivers and mentoring them in the early stages of their careers. The team has claimed multiple victories, most notably, winning back-back races at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the past few years. Team Goh also has a storied history in racing. The team won the 1996 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship and became one of the prestigious Privateer teams to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2004 with Seiji Ara, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello.

James Davison, Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, BYRD & Belardi Indy 500 Race Report

Indianapolis, Ind. (August 23, 2020) – The No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, BYRD & Belardi driven by James Davison was forced into an early exit in the 104th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing due to a brake issue on lap 6. 

#51: James Davison, Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing, Byrd & Belardi Honda

Davison rolled off for the Indy 500 from the 27th position but had his race cut short when one of his brakes exploded with only a handful of laps completed.

The crew radioed to Davison informing him that his front brakes were glowing bright red indicating they were engaged but, unfortunately Davison didn’t have time to make it back to pit lane. 

Davison did manage to make it off track onto the warm-up lane before his right front brake burst into a ball of flame putting an end to their day.

“Well, that’s obviously heart-braking to go out of the Indy 500 in the first handful of laps with a mechanical issue. I’ve got to thank my team for all their hard work throughout the event, our car felt good and we had gotten by Alonso and I was pretty excited for the race ahead. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be, but hopefully we will be back next year with the Jacob Construction car running a bit stronger,” said James Davison. 

Guaranteed Rate to Sponsor Alex Palou’s Indy 500 Car

INDIANAPOLIS (August 22, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh is pleased to welcome Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States, as the primary sponsor on Alex Palou’s #55 car for Sunday’s 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The #55 Guaranteed Rate Honda piloted by the rookie driver will be starting from seventh on the 33-car grid. Palou has been impressive since turning his first ever laps at the 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week, finishing every practice and qualifying session in the top 10. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Dale Coyne Racing for the Indy 500,” said Guaranteed Rate Chief Marketing Officer Steve Moffat. “Alex Palou turned some heads with his speed and execution during the qualifier, and we’re proud to have him represent Guaranteed Rate on the #55 car this weekend.” 

“We’re excited to have Guaranteed Rate as the primary sponsor on Alex Palou’s car for this weekend’s Indianapolis 500,” expressed Team Owner Dale Coyne. “As an Illinois-based team we’re proud to be able to represent a Chicago-based national brand at the biggest race of the year. We hope to make them proud in return with a strong showing in Sunday’s race. Alex has done an amazing job so far and we look forward to seeing how he does tomorrow.”

The seventh round of the NTT IndyCar Series season, the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, will go green on Sunday, August 23 at 2:30pm ET and will be broadcast live on NBC from 1:00pm ET. 

About Guaranteed Rate
Guaranteed Rate is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the Company has more than 5,000 employees in nearly 350 offices across the U.S., and is licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances and funded more than $30 billion in loans in 2019 alone. The Company has cemented itself as Positively Different by introducing innovative technology, such as the world’s first Digital Mortgage, by offering low rates and by delivering unparalleled customer service. Honors and awards include: Top Lender for Online Service for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide’s Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2019; Top Lender 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Chicago Agent magazine; Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Online Mortgage Lender, Best Mortgage Lender for VA loans and Best Conventional Mortgage Lender by NerdWallet in 2019. Visit rate.com for more information.

About Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh was formed at the end of 2019 as a partnership between Dale Coyne Racing and Kazumichi Goh, the founder of Team Goh. The two teams first collaborated in the early 1990s and reconnected nearly 20 years later to run Spaniard Alex Palou in the NTT IndyCar Series. Dale Coyne Racing has participated in every season of the North American open-wheel series since 1984. Dale Coyne, a Midwestern entrepreneur who designed and built Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL, is known for taking on young drivers and mentoring them in the early stages of their careers. The team has claimed multiple victories, most notably, winning back-back races at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the past few years. Team Goh also has a storied history in racing. The team won the 1996 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship and became one of the prestigious Privateer teams to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2004 with Seiji Ara, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello.

Alex Palou First Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Results

#55: Alex Palou, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda

INDIANAPOLIS (August 16, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh driver Alex Palou took part in the Fast Nine qualifying session on Sunday in which he secured himself a seventh place on the starting grid for next Sunday’s 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Despite registering the fastest single lap of the nine drivers in the session with a speed of 231.901 mph around the 2.5-mile oval, Palou experienced an issue with his weight jacker on his first lap which made it impossible to make adjustments on his next three laps to help keep up his speed. The rookie ended up with a four-lap average speed of 229.676mph which initially placed him second on the provisional grid. 

Today’s qualifying result ties Palou’s best oval start of the season. 

Position: 7th
Lap 1: 231.901 mph
Lap 2: 230.364 mph
Lap 3: 228.083 mph
Lap 4: 228.398 mph
Average: 229.676 mph

Alex Palou – #55 Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh
“We had some issues on our run. The team is looking into it, but it looks like the weight jacker malfunctioned. We had the speed, it was in the car, we just couldn’t put the lap together. It’s a shame, but at the end of the day, we are in the Fast Nine which was our first objective. I would have loved to be on pole, just like the 32 other drivers that are here, but it’s ok. I’m not happy with my run today, but overall, I’m super happy with how the week is going. We can now focus on the race. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will go green on Sunday, August 23 at 2:30pm ET and will be broadcast live on NBC from 1:00pm ET. 

James Davison Qualifies for the 104th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (August 15, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, BYRD & Belardi with driver James Davison qualified 27th for the Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average speed of 228.747mph. 

Davison attempted to better his speed later on in the day, however due to the conditions being warmer than earlier in the day he was unable to improve his position.


Position: 27th
Lap 1: 230.957mph
Lap 2: 230.267mph
Lap 3: 227.771mph
Lap 4: 226.061mph
Average: 228.747mph

James Davison – #51 Jacob Construction Honda
“Today was a frustrating day for the No. 51 Jacob Construction crew, we had speed in the car running high 230’s on the first lap. No matter what we tried, in advance or on the fly to tune the balance, we would lose it. Not only would we lose it, but we would be fighting a car that pushed and was loose. Through no lack of effort, we have ended up qualifying further back than we would have liked but there is 500 miles ahead and we will regroup and do what we can to get on top of the balance in the final practices we have prior to the race,” said James Davison. 

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set to take the green flag August 23, 2020, with live television coverage available on NBC starting at 2:30pm ET. 

Alex Palou Impresses with Seventh Place in Day 1 of Indianapolis 500Qualifying

#55: Alex Palou, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda
INDIANAPOLIS (August 15, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh rookie Alex Palou continued to impress on Saturday during the first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 by placing seventh quickest and giving himself the opportunity for a shot at pole position in Sunday’s Fast Nine qualifying session. 

Palou was the 23rd driver to take to the 2.5-mile oval and he immediately jumped to the top of the timing charts thanks to a first lap of 231.552 mph. However, with a small loss of speed over his next couple of laps he fell to fourth following his third lap and ended up placing his Honda sixth after his run. Ultimately, Palou’s four-lap average of 231.034mph was the seventh quickest on the day. Next weekend’s Indianapolis 500 start will only be Palou’s third oval race of his career.

Position: 7th
Lap 1: 231.552 mph
Lap 2: 231.211 mph
Lap 3: 230.808 mph
Lap 4: 230.546 mph
Average: 231.034 mph

Alex Palou – #55 Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh
“That was awesome to complete a qualifying run here at Indy. The Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh crew gave me such a great car. It’s so enjoyable to drive, every lap. I think we had a really good first three days of practice. We already felt really comfortable yesterday. The speed was there. The car has a lot of speed, so I was really confident and comfortable with the car balance. We just did the job we’ve been doing all these days and we’re in the Fast Nine. I think that’s really amazing in my first year here for me, for the team, for everybody. It shows how all my crew worked to give me the best car possible. I think we’re able to fight. I don’t know about fighting for the pole because there are a lot of really fast cars out there, but we will study tonight and see if we can go for it. Just starting in the top 9 is going to be awesome for my first Indy 500. I’m really looking forward to it. I think it will be a bit easier going into tomorrow because now I know how it works, what you feel when you’re waiting there with the engine off and you hear all the cars go by and you don’t really know what’s going on. I think it’s going to be a bit calmer. I know what to do now. It was the first four consecutive laps I did in qualifying mode. We’re ready for tomorrow. I’m super happy and this gives me a lot of motivation for the Fast Nine qualifying. I think it’s going to be a great day for the team.”

Sunday’s Fast Nine qualifying session will be broadcast live on NBC from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET.

The 104th running of the Indianapolis will go green on Sunday, August 23 at 2:30pm ET and will be broadcast live on NBC from 1:00pm ET. 

Alex Palou Completes Rookie Orientation, Eighth Quickest on Opening Day at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh rookie Alex Palou took to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for the first time on Wednesday. The driver of the #55 Honda successfully ran through all phases of rookie orientation (ROP) and was 8th quickest out of the 33-car field at the end of first day on track.

Palou ran through the three ROP phases during the rookie session at 1pm completing 10 laps in the 205mph to 210mph range, another 10 laps in the 210mph – 215mph window and 10 laps at 215mph and higher.

Following rookie practice, Palou was able to take to the track with the whole field for a 2.5-hour practice session in which he ran a fastest lap of 223.104mph.

“This is such a different place than the two other ovals I’ve been to. It’s a crazy place, in a good way,” expressed Palou. “That was a lot of fun getting to run with everyone after the Rookie Orientation earlier today. Right now, running alone is easier than with traffic. I think I got really comfortable in the rookie session and again this afternoon running alone. But then I was just getting up to speed running in traffic. I was able to follow the cars ahead of me but I’m still working on overtaking them. I’m taking it one step at a time. We have a full day tomorrow and Friday to keep working on that. I think we have a fast car. The Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh crew did a really good job on the set up and preparing the car.”

Palou will have two more days of practice on Thursday and Friday with sessions running from 11am to 5:30pm, ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session.

Saturday’s qualifying session will go green at 11am ET and will be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold app. Fans can also watch the final two hours of qualifying from 3pm to 5pm live on NBC.

Positions 10 to 33 will be determined on Saturday, August 15, while Saturday’s top 9 cars will have a chance at pole position on Sunday, August 16.  Sunday’s Fast Nine qualifying will be broadcast live on NBC from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET.

The 104th running of the Indianapolis will go green on Sunday, August 23 at 2:30pm ET and will be broadcast live on NBC from 1:00pm ET. 

Davison, BYRD, Belardi Return to Dale Coyne Racing in Partnership with Rick Ware Racing for Indianapolis 500

Davison, BYRD, Belardi Return to Dale Coyne Racing in Partnership with Rick Ware Racing for Indianapolis 500
 
Plainfield, IL (August 6, 2020) – James Davison is set to return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 this month. The team has entered into a partnership with Rick Ware Racing, BYRD and Belardi Auto Racing to run the #51 Jacob Construction entry for the Australian driver, with continued support from Americas Best Value Inn, Tilson HR, and Cruz Associates.

Davison will be making his fourth appearance in a Dale Coyne Racing car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he looks to make his sixth start on the 2.5-mile oval. In his most recent outing with the team, in 2019, Davison registered his best Indianapolis 500 finish, taking the checkered flag in 12th place. 

The #51 Honda will feature the blue and white colors of primary sponsor Jacob Construction, a multifaceted construction firm with a focus on construction, development and technology services. Jacob provides clients with a wide range of services in the Design Build and Construction Management sectors of the construction industry. In conjunction with these services, Jacob self performs structural concrete, architectural and structural precast erection.

The 2020 Indianapolis 500 will be BYRD Racing’s third time partnering with Dale Coyne (2016, 2019) and the second for Belardi Auto Racing (2019). While both teams will be making a return to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be the first appearance for Rick Ware Racing who fields cars in NASCAR, IMSA and the Asian Le Mans Series. 

Davison is no stranger to Rick Ware Racing for which he drives on a part time basis in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Practice for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 kicks off on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 with the race scheduled for August 23, 2020. The seventh round of the NTT IndyCar Series season will be televised live on NBC starting at 2:30pm ET.


James Davison – driver #51 Jacob Construction – Dale Coyne with Rick Ware Racing, BYRD and Belardi
“I am overjoyed to be returning to the Indy 500 with Dale Coyne Racing, Rick Ware Racing, BYRD and Belardi. Last year we had a great run qualifying and finishing in the top half of the field, and we intend to replicate and improve on that. The Byrd family, Brian Belardi, and Dale Coyne have been loyal believers in me and have demonstrated that in a way for which I will forever be grateful, and I am excited to be able to now enjoy the support of Rick Ware Racing as well. While a lot will be different this year due to the unusual circumstances, it is still an exciting time to be involved in Indy car racing under the stewardship of the Penske Corporation and to have the opportunity to get on track next week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Dale Coyne – Owner Dale Coyne Racing
“James had great runs the last couple times he’s raced at the Indy 500 for us. He picked up his best finish last season and we look forward to seeing him build on that result this year. It’s also great to be continuing our partnership with BYRD and Belardi and we’re happy to be welcoming Rick Ware to the NTT IndyCar Series for his first Indy 500.”

Rick Ware – Owner Rick Ware Racing
“It is not too often I get to experience a ‘first’ in motorsports. However, this year we not only won an International Championship, RWR will be entered into the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. This is definitely a bucket list item that I’ve had for a long time. I am excited to be partnered together with Dale Coyne Racing, BYRD Racing and Belardi to showcase our efforts.”

David Byrd – Owner Byrd Racing
“Our previous two Indy 500 partnerships with Dale have been nothing short of fantastic, and we are just over the moon to be working together again, while also extending our relationship with Brian Belardi and starting a new one with Rick Ware Racing. We are definitely looking forward to picking up right where we left off last May.”

Brian Belardi – Owner Belardi Auto Racing
“I’m really excited to be back with Dale Coyne Racing, BYRD Racing, and James Davison for a 2nd year at the Indianapolis 500, along with our new partners at Rick Ware Racing. Last year was an amazing finish and a great platform to build on with our 12th place result. I can’t wait to see what the team is capable of accomplishing this year building off the momentum from 2019!”
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