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Alex Palou Ninth Quickest in First Official NTT IndyCar Series Test

Austin, Texas (February 12, 2020) – Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh rookie Alex Palou completed his first official NTT IndyCar Series test on Wednesday at Circuit of the Americas by placing ninth in the 27-car field. After weather wreaked havoc on Tuesday’s test day, the driver of the gray and hot pink #55 entry, was…

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Alex Palou joins Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh for 2020 IndyCar Season

Plainfield, IL (December 19, 2019) – Super Formula race winner and Rookie of the Year, Spaniard Alex Palou will be coming to America to compete full-time in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series driving for Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh.

Palou will be vying for Rookie of the Year honors as he takes on the 17-race schedule. The driver from Sant Antoni de Vilamajor is hot off an impressive season in the Japanese Super Formula Series with TCS Nakajima Racing. In addition to finishing as the top rookie, he scored a victory, three pole positions (the most of any competitor that season) and placed third in the Championship. He also drove for Team Goh piloting their McLaren 720S GT3 this past season capturing the pole position during the last round of Super GT series at Twin Ring Motegi by setting a new GT300 class record.

“I’m very excited about coming to America to race Indy cars,” commented the 22-year-old driver. “I’m grateful for all that have helped me get to this point of my career and especially Dale Coyne and Mr. Kazumichi Goh for giving me this opportunity.”

The entry will be entered under the name “Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh” for the 2020 season.

“We’re very pleased to partner with our friend of many years Kazumichi Goh in this collaborative effort for 2020,” expressed Team Owner Dale Coyne. “We tested Alex at Mid-Ohio earlier this year and he impressed everyone. His rise in performance over the past three years shows great promise for the future.”

Team Goh has a storied history in racing.  Team Goh won the 1996 Japanese Grand Touring Championship (JGTC) 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 shows great promise and we all are excited to continue our relationship with Alex and to see him progress his career towards the IndyCar series,” said Team Owner Kazumichi Goh. “It will be an honor to be part of the Indianapolis 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and we hope to have the same success we achieved at Le Mans 24hr race with our overall win thanks to great team collaboration between Alex and Dale Coyne Racing.”

Prior to his season in the highly competitive Super Formula championship, the Spaniard raced in the Japan Formula 3 Championship, finishing third in the year-end standings on the strength of three wins and five pole positions. Before his time in Japan, Palou became the first Spanish racing driver to win a GP3 race when he took the victory at the final round of his debut season in 2015 with Campos Racing.

Palou made the jump from racing karts to cars in 2014 and placed third in the Euroformula Open Championship and second in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship before his move to GP3 where he spent the next two seasons.

The program came together quickly, first after a July test with Palou at Mid-Ohio, and then more recently with the available drive at DCR.   The team plans to begin extensive testing in February in preparation for the season opening race at St. Petersburg, Florida on March 15th, 2020.

Dale Coyne Racing will have further details on its complete 2020 program at the beginning of the new year.

PR: Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Part Ways

Plainfield, IL (November 22, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing announced today that it has parted ways with driver Sebastien Bourdais, who has spent four years with the Plainfield, Illinois-based team since his return to North American open-wheel racing in 2011.

“I want to thank Sebastien for having the confidence to come back from his Formula 1 tour and join our team in 2011, and again for his commitment to the team during the past three years,” commented Team Owner Dale Coyne. “It is not a decision we take lightly, but due to the ever-changing landscape of Indy car racing, we have no choice but to make a change for 2020. We wish Sebastien all the best with his future racing endeavors.”

Bourdais competed under the Dale Coyne Racing banner in 2011 and 2017 and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan for the 2018 and 2019 IndyCar seasons. In that time, Bourdais has won back to back races at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, his home town event, and scored three other podium finishes.  He returned from a horrific crash in qualifying for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 to win his second season opener at St. Petersburg in 2018.  Bourdais has been one of the, if not the quickest Honda in Indianapolis 500 qualifying in each of the past three years.

“I want to thank Dale, Jimmy and Sulli for giving me this opportunity to continue racing in the NTT IndyCar Series over the past few years,” remarked Bourdais, “I look forward to pursuing new opportunities in racing in the years ahead.”

Vasser-Sullivan Racing Co-Owners, Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan, said: “We both want to thank Sebastien for the outstanding job he did driving for our teams KVSH Racing and Dale Coyne Racing Vasser-Sullivan. Looking back Seb has driven 84 races for us. In that time, we captured poles and won a lot of races. Sebastien is a great friend, a great driver, a true champion and a fantastic ambassador for our partners and Indy car racing. We wish him the best of luck in the next phase of his career where we hope there will be an opportunity for us to race together again.”

The team is exploring several options in order to complete its driver lineup for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series and an announcement will be made in the near future.

Ferrucci to Start 12th at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Ferrucci to Start 12th at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca   Salinas, CA (September 21, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci made it to the Fast 12 on Saturday during qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey and will be starting the final round of the NTT IndyCar Series in 12th. After placing sixth…

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Ferrucci Vying for Rookie of the Year Honors at Season Finale

Monterey, CA (September 19, 2019) – The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season is coming to an end this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci is hoping to accomplish at least one more feat during the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, that of taking home the IndyCar Rookie of the…

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Ferrucci Sees Top 10 Finish Slip Away at Portland

Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci was on his way to another top 10 finish at the Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, but unfortunately for the rookie, an electrical issue aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing car ended his day early, for the first time this season.

Ferrucci, who was starting 14th in what was his 20th NTT IndyCar Series race, avoided a multi-car incident at turn 1 on the opening lap and moved into 12th place. The 19 crew then elected to pit under the caution period which meant that Ferrucci would take the restart from 16th.

The rookie returned to pit lane on Lap 28 from 15th, and with his different pit strategy moved up to sixth before heading back to pit lane on Lap 46. Following the stop, Ferrucci continued in 15th and made his way up to seventh before making his final stop on Lap 75.

While the rookie returned to the track in 12th, he was on his way to a top 10 finish when an electrical issue caused the #19 car to stop on track. Unable to continue in the race, Ferrucci ended up 17th on the final results sheet.

“The day started pretty well as we were able to avoid a massive pile up in Turn 1 at the start,” expressed Ferrucci. “After that, we decided to try a different strategy, but it didn’t quite pan out for us and near the end of the race we had an electrical issue that put an early end to our race. It’s unfortunate, because we were on our way to another Top 10 finish and that puts us in a hard place going into Laguna for the rookie championship. We’ll bounce back and do our best at the season finale in a few weeks.”

With today’s result, Ferrucci moves back to second place in the Rookie of the Year standings, 26 points out of first place. He now also sits 10th in the overall driver championship.

The Dale Coyne Racing team will now have two weekends off from racing before returning to the track for the final round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey takes place September 20 to 22, 2019 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Ferrucci to Start from Seventh Row in Portland

Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci missed making it into the second round of qualifying aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda by a mere tenth of a second on Saturday at Portland International Raceway. The rookie will be starting the penultimate round of the NTT IndyCar Series in 14th place.

Ferrucci took to the track in the second qualifying group and while he spent most of the 10-minute session in the top six, sitting as high as second at one point, his fastest lap of 57.8476 seconds wasn’t quick enough to allow him to move on to Round 2 of qualifying, in what is a very close field. The top seven drivers in his group were only separated by four tenths of a second.

“Qualifying went well, but we just didn’t have enough in our #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda today,” said Ferrucci. “We’re trying really hard, but the margins are so small here between all cars and we didn’t have what it takes to move into the next round. We’ll start from 14th and just have to pass some cars. Our race cars have normally been good all year, so I’m not too worried about it for tomorrow.”

The Dale Coyne Racing driver currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings by two points and sits ninth in the overall driver Championship with 326 points.

The Grand Prix of Portland is scheduled to go green on Sunday, September 1 and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 3pm ET (Noon local).

Ferrucci Returns to Portland Looking to Pick Up Where He Left Off

With the NTT IndyCar Series taking on Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland this weekend, Dale Coyne Racing Rookie Santino Ferrucci is heading to a track he has previously raced on aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda for only the second time this season.

Ferrucci, who will be making his 20th IndyCar Series start at Portland, first competed on the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course last year with DCR in what was his third IndyCar race. The rookie was having a strong race until a fuel system issue cost him a potential seventh place finish.

The 21-year-old driver is looking to pick up where he left off last year and continue his wave of momentum after picking up a pair of fourth place finishes in the last two events at Pocono Raceway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

So far this season, the rookie has three fourth place finishes and a best starting position of sixth (Gateway). His best road course starting position is 10th (Barber Motorsports Park) and best non-oval finish is ninth (St. Petersburg).

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Portland this weekend for the Grand Prix. I enjoyed racing there last year,” expressed Ferrucci. “We had a solid race car and we had a good race going but unfortunately, we had an issue that cost us a strong finish. I’m confident we’ll have a good car again this time around and hopefully things will go our way. It’s nice to be riding this momentum of back-to-back top five finishes to a track that I’ve been to before. We’ll try to keep it going.”

Thanks to his performance at the previous round, in which he led 97 laps, Ferrucci has taken over the Rookie of the Year standings with a two-point lead. He also sits ninth in the overall standings with 326 points, 170 of which came on oval tracks, placing him fourth amongst all Series drivers when just counting oval points this season.

Ferrucci also continues to lead the series for most laps completed with 1893, from a possible 1897.

Drivers will get two practice sessions on Friday, August 30, with one more practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying later that afternoon. Qualifying can be watched live on NBCSN from 6:00pm ET (3pm local).

The Grand Prix of Portland, the penultimate round of 2019, will go green on Sunday, September 1 and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 3pm ET (Noon local).

All practice sessions will be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold App.

Ferrucci Leads 97 Laps in Bommarito Automotive 500 on way to Fourth Place Finish

Ferrucci Leads 97 Laps in Bommarito Automotive 500 on way to Fourth Place Finish

Madison, IL (August 24, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci had his best NTT IndyCar Series race weekend so far this season at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday night, once again matching his best finish of the season with a fourth place in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, after leading 97 laps of the 248-lap event.

After starting sixth, the driver of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda moved up to fourth at the start and gained one more position following a Lap 7 restart to take over third place.

Ferrucci remained in third for most of his first stint and entered pit lane on Lap 53 after taking over the lead one lap earlier. Once pit stops had cycled through, following another caution period, the 21-year-old was sitting second behind James Hinchcliffe when the race resumed on Lap 70.

The driver from Woodbury, Connecticut then took over the lead of the race with a pass on Hinchcliffe on Lap 83. He remained in that position until his next pit stop on Lap 115. Once again, after pit stops had cycled through the 22-car field, the rookie would regain the lead on Lap 124.

Ferrucci continued to run in first place until his Lap 188 pit stop. However, he wound up losing some positions following an untimely caution period on Lap 191 and ended up in sixth when the race returned to green on Lap 206.

Not one to shy away from moving up the field, the Dale Coyne Racing driver got by Alexander Rossi for fifth on Lap 210, and then made his way around Josef Newgarden on Lap 212. While the rookie tried to make his way onto the podium, it wasn’t meant to be for Ferrucci who scored his third fourth place finish of the season.

With Saturday night’s result, Ferrucci climbed back into the Top 10 in the overall Championship, into ninth with 326 points, and took the lead in the Rookie of the Year standings by two points.

“I had so much fun leading this race. Having open air like that and being able to run to a pace, run your lines and not have to think about it and just enjoy it. But hats off to our crew. We had a race car, a winning race car. It’s just a little bit unfortunate that we got caught by the yellow,” expressed Ferrucci. “Then at the end, I was racing so hard to get back into the top three. I was really trying to bring home some hardware for the boys. Unfortunately, not everything went our way but I’m happy we came home in fourth and picked up some more points in the Rookie of the Year standings and jumped into the Top 10 in the overall Championship.”

The team will now head straight to Oregon for the Grand Prix of Portland which takes place next weekend, August 30 to September 1, 2019.

Ferrucci Eager to Discover Another Oval Track

Ferrucci Eager to Discover Another Oval Track Plainfield, IL (August 23, 2019) – After matching his best finish of the season last weekend, Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci is carrying momentum into the final oval race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway….

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