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Coyne Detroit Race 2 Post Race

Vautier’s Last to Fourth Place Finish a Bright Spot in Gloomy Detroit Weekend

DETROIT – Drivers Rodolfo Gonzalez and Tristan Vautier each made their second start of the season for Dale Coyne Racing in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. This weekend double header presented a packed three day schedule where drivers practiced and qualified for race 1 on Friday and battled it out on in afternoon races on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2.35 mile street circuit on Detroit’s Belle Isle has 14 turns and features several track improvements over previous years including new pavement and better drainage. The track’s ability to flow water from the racing surface was tested in both races as a heavy rain system moved through the area over the course of the weekend.

Despite not racing in Detroit since 2013, Tristan Vautier was quick on Friday and qualified the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda in 11th position. He felt there was possibly more in the car but the consequences of exceeding the cars limits on a double header weekend are immense. The rain shortened race on Saturday didn’t go to plan as was the case for many of the teams that took an early gamble on rain tires. Running the treaded Firestone tires too long on the dry resulted in extra stops and a 17th place finish.

Vautier would not have the opportunity to improve on his qualifying effort on Sunday morning as the session was canceled due to standing water on the track surface. He would start 23rd based on entrant points.

The highlight for Coyne this weekend was Vautier’s impressive drive from last on the grid. Through fuel strategy and patient, aggressive driving, he moved into the top 10 in the latter stages of race 2. Vautier chose his times to attack wisely and, late in the race, passed series veterans Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan en route to a fourth place finish.

“It was a fine line between aggressive and keeping the car in one piece, but we found it today so it is amazing,” said Vautier. “A big thanks to Dale Coyne for having me drive for his team this weekend and thanks to all the guys.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez struggled a bit more with pace compared to his teammate due in part to his long layoff from street course racing. Gonzalez has a road and street racing pedigree having made many GP2 starts, but he had not raced on a street circuit since Monaco in 2012. He started both races 22nd and earned 21st and 22nd place finishes.

The Coyne team will spend the next few days setting up and transporting the cars for the second super speedway race of the season in Texas. The Firestone 600 is scheduled for Saturday night, June 6 and will be shown live on NBCSN at 8:00 PM EST.

Coyne Team Ready to Turn the Page After Tough Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – May is normally a busy month for all Verizon IndyCar teams, but this one was especially trying for the Dale Coyne Racing team. A car was crashed and rebuilt. The team had not one, but two driver changes in two different cars. Practice sessions were threatened by typical May showers. Despite these hurdles, the team qualified all three cars for the Indianapolis 500 for the second consecutive year.

Mann’s impressive rebound from a vicious crash saw her qualify 28th but she started 25th after several cars were relegated to the last row. She hung tough with the other cars in the rear and did well to avoid several crashes in front of her. Despite her quick reflexes to avoid major damage, she was forced to make a handful of unscheduled pit stops for cut tires. Avoiding the carnage allowed Mann to come home in 22nd. Perhaps on another day with more luck and less crashes in front of her, Mann’s result would have been better.

James Davison and Tristan Vautier shared an interesting month of racing and found themselves sharing cars more than once leading up to the race. After qualifying the No. 19 car for Davison, Vautier made a last minute substitution in the No. 18 car for Carlos Huertas, who was ruled out due to a medical condition. Despite qualifying 21st, Vautier was forced to start 32nd because of INDYCAR rules about driver changes.

From James Davison’s perspective, the month went according to plan by having Vautier qualify his car and starting the race last because of the driver change after qualifying. Davison was the hardest charger of all the Coyne cars early in the race. He was up to 17th place before the midway point. A caution at lap 112 gave most of the cars in the race a chance to pit for fuel and tires, including all three Coyne cars.

Mann had just left her pit box and was in the slow lane with a car alongside in the fast late. She was just preparing to slow and pull in behind that car when the No. 19 Always Evolving/Replay XD car pulled out of its pit and made contact. In a sport where every tenth of a second counts, minimizing time on pit lane is key. Unfortunately, the gap just wasn’t as large as it appeared. The contact forced Davison into the pit box of the No. 18 where its crew was still performing service.

The results of this collision forced Vautier and Davison to retire their cars and sent two crew members to the infield care center for evaluation. The No. 18 team’s crew chief was released with just a few aches and pains. The outside rear tire changer, Daniel Jang, suffered a broken ankle and is having an operation performed at Methodist Hospital on that ankle as of this release.

The Verizon IndyCar Series teams will spend a day in Indianapolis to regroup before heading to Detroit for a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader race on Belle Isle. Both the May 30th and May 31st races will be shown live on ABC at 3:30 PM EST.

Coyne Qualifying Report – Indy 500

Coyne Easily Qualifies Three Indy 500 Entries

INDIANAPOLIS – While qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 can be a nervy process for teams, Dale Coyne Racing put forth an effort that easily earned three of the thirty three starting spots in the world’s greatest motor race, The Indianapolis 500. Not all preceding events went according to plan, but the team accomplished its weekend goals and can now look forward to race day.

Pippa Mann joined the No. 18 and No. 19 entries the team runs all season as a third Indianapolis 500 car. She was involved in one of many on track incidents during practice which forced the crew members to build a new car in less than 48 hours. The feat was no less than extraordinary and their efforts got Mann back out on Friday for a shakedown before qualifying weekend began.

Carlos Huertas participated in all practice sessions in the week leading up to qualifications and did so without a lot to note. He worked with team engineers on a combination of race setup and qualifying setup as both are key to a successful Indianapolis 500 race.

The No. 19 Always Evolving car saw a combination of James Davison and Tristan Vautier drive this past week. Davison agreed to pilot the car for the infamous race but had a previous racing commitment for qualifying weekend. Vautier was tapped to qualify the car on May 16th and 17th in place of Davison. Having previously raced in the 500 mile race, Vautier didn’t have too steep a learning curve and felt comfortable from his first day on track.

Huertas drew the number 1 qualifying spot and made his speed the initial speed to beat. After a short delay on Saturday, he made his qualifying effort, but it was later voided because the session was canceled due to rain. An adjusted format and schedule was required for all 33 cars to qualify on Sunday.

Huertas again kicked off Sunday’s qualifying session and averaged a speed of 224.233 MPH. He would progressively fall down the grid a bit but settled in 18th starting position. This is a strong improvement over his 2014 effort which pleased driver and owner alike.

Mann was next to qualify for Coyne and she put enough cars below her with her speed of 223.104 MPH to guarantee she wouldn’t have to participate in the bump session. This was very much a relief for her as she was forced to fight her way into the field in years past. She will start the race in 27th position.

The final Coyne car to qualify was Vautier. Despite difficult conditions at the end of the session, he put the No. 19 Always Evolving Honda in 21st position with a speed of 223.747 MPH. Unfortunately for Davison, he will have to start last on the grid per INDYCAR rules in regards to changing drivers between qualifying and the 500 mile race.

Over the next few days, drivers will have some additional practice opportunities on track but will focus a lot of attention to promoting the greatest race on earth, The Indianapolis 500. The race takes place on Sunday, May 24 and can be seen live on ABC at 12:00 AM EST. Fans should also download the INDYCAR15 app for live timing and scoring, unique driver tracking tools, and live onboard video feeds.

Coyne Happy with Dracone’s Improved Racing Prowess

INDIANAPOLIS – Dale Coyne Racing returned to its driver lineup from the first two rounds of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Season this weekend for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.  Francesco Dracone remained in the No. 19 LaPasta Honda and Carlos Huertas returned to the No. 18 Spring Step/Buffalo Wings car.

Francesco Dracone’s lap times during practice sessions saw him move closer and closer to the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series regulars as he continued to hone his racing skills in the top American open wheel series.  His qualifying efforts were not quite enough and he started the race 25th.

As the green flag flew, Dracone took a cautious approach going into turn 1 and was able to make up four position in the opening lap after several other cars ran wide.  He would use this momentum to run as high as 11th position as the team looked to put him on an alternate strategy.

Towards the conclusion of the race, a bit more running under caution could have meant one less pit stop and possibly a higher finishing position for the Italian, but it never came.  He brought the car home in 22nd position with three cars finishing behind him.

While the result was similar to the first four rounds of the season, Dracone impressed Team Owner Dale Coyne with his judgement and racing skill around faster cars, especially in the closing stages of the race.

“Francesco has shown improvement in speed and improvement in race craft with each additional race he has done this year,” commented seasoned Team Owner Dale Coyne.  “When he started, none of us were sure how far he would go over here in IndyCar, but he should be proud of the progress he has made in this very tough field of winning and championship drivers with experience at all of these tracks.”

While Dracone showed stronger pace in the middle part of the race, he noted it was difficult to maintain.  “The end was a bit slower because I drove into the marbles a few times letting the leaders by and then it was really hard to clean off the tires.”  Dracone continued, “Overall, it was a small improvement on previous races.”

Huertas struggled a bit finding pace this weekend but he was at the same disadvantage of all of the other Honda powered cars.  Unfortunately for him, his engine let go at the end of his qualifying effort and forced him to start 23rd.

The Coyne team had Huertas on a similar strategy as Dracone but the lack of caution foiled what could have been a top 10 finish.  He fought hard to finish in 19th position.

The Verizon IndyCar Series will stay in Indianapolis for the next two weeks as they prepare for the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.  The speedway is open for IndyCar action nearly every day until the race where teams will practice and fine tune the car setups.  Qualifying will take place on May 16th and 17th and the race will follow on May 24th.  Fans can find television coverage of all three days of action on their local ABC station with the race being aired live at 12:00 PM ET on May 24th.  Detailed information about the month’s activity can be found at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or www.indycar.com.

Mann Posts Strong Showing in Indy After Long Layoff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Pippa Mann made her return to a Verizon IndyCar after nearly a year layoff and seemed to get up to speed without much reacclimation. Honda HPD’s introduction of their speedway aero kit this week was another hurdle the veteran British driver had to clear. She did so with impressive results and positive feedback from Team Owner Dale Coyne and from rest of the team.

Mann logged a total of 69 laps during opening day for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, together with the Dale Coyne Racing engineering team, gathered a lot of valuable data that will be used throughout the month.

Out of 28 cars that took part in the oval practice, Mann registered the 16th fastest speed overall with a 223.886 mile per hour average lap. Even more impressive, she had a top 10 quick lap of those that were not aided by a teammate or other competitor’s tow. This aerodynamic aid can add several MPH to an average lap speed and give the false impression of a faster setup compared to those without a tow.

“(It) was a really good day for Pippa. In fact, I think it was a great day for having not driven a car in about a year,” said Dale Coyne. “We are all looking forward to the additional track time this month and giving Pippa the opportunity to get even faster.”

Mann could hardly hold back her excitement after a day for which she has been working so hard to make sure would come in 2015. “It’s great to be reunited and continue the strong relationship with my team at Dale Coyne Racing,” said Mann. “I’m pretty happy with our performance on day 1 since we were able to get over 223 miles per hour.”

Never forgetting one of the reasons the No. 63 car is on track this month, Mann added, “It was also great to get the INDIEGOGO logos on the pink IndyCar and out on track today for people to see because our partnership with INDIEGOGO is so important to help us raise money in the fight to end breast cancer forever.”

Supporters of Mann and of Susan G. Komen are encouraged to visit www.pippamann.com/getinvolved to make contributions where donors to the cause will be eligible for perks, including Komen wristbands and koozies, special T-shirts, caps donated by Honda and Firestone, garage tours, a Race with Pippa night at Fastimes Karting, new exclusive Doug Garrison Artwork, and Bell mini helmets painted by Pippa’s Indy 500 helmet painter.

Gonzalez Mixes it up with IndyCar Vets on Debut

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Just a little over a month since the open test at Barber Motorsports Park, Dale Coyne Racing and the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series setup for a short, two day event at the 2.38-mile, 17 turn road course. Two quick practice sessions and qualifications were on Saturday and the race went green on Sunday afternoon.

Rodolfo Gonzalez made his first Verizon IndyCar Series start in the No. 18 car after having previously tested for Coyne and one other team this offseason. He comes with a rich open wheel pedigree having competed in 64 GP2 Series races and spending 2 years as the Marussia F1 Team’s test driver.

Despite his IndyCar testing history, this is the first time the Venezuelan was able to run with the new Honda HPD aero kit and the learning curve proved to be challenging. He spent most of Saturday finding the limits of the added downforce, which contributed to his 21st starting position.

Gonzalez made the most of his opportunity to show his racing skills honed at Europe’s top levels as he battled all the way to 10th position during the middle portion of the race. The team’s strategy would have brought the car home in 15th place had he saved a bit more fuel in the last stint. Gonzalez was forced to pit with just two laps left.

Despite bringing the car home in 20th position, Gonzalez raced many of IndyCar’s accomplished veterans to their limits. He had battles with Takuma Sato, Scott Dixon, and Juan Pablo Montoya while trying to hold on to his strong run. As the television commentators mentioned, Gonzalez was fearless during the battles and his experience showed through.

Speaking of the fuel situation, Gonzalez said, “(We were) two laps from the end. We didn’t quite make the fuel numbers and it was disappointing I had to come in and finish 20th. In the end, it was good experience and in the future I just have to be more cautious of the way I save fuel.”

Francesco Dracone made his fourth consecutive start in the No. 19 LaPasta entry and made the best out of his return to Barber. He participated in March’s Open Test there but was forced to run with the 2014 Dallara aero package due to part shortages. Similar to his teammate, Dracone spent most of the early sessions looking for the limits of the DW-12 car with the additional downforce. He started the race in 23rd place.

Dracone kept pace with his teammate in the early stages of the race and did well to keep his car on the lead lap after the team put him on an alternate strategy. This strategy landed Dracone right in the middle of a battle with second place finisher Graham Rahal and James Hinchcliffe where he held on to his top position of 15th for several laps.

“I was a little disappointed in my performance during some phases of the race but there were others where I had some good battles when I was in the middle of the pack,” said Dracone. During the last stint of the race, another driver clipped his rear wheel and caused a tire puncture. He was forced to stop one extra time which relegated him to a 23rd place finish, two places below where we was running at the time of the contact.

The series now shifts its focus to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the “Month of May” in which they will race on the road course in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and then the Indianapolis 500 on the oval portion of the track. The speedway aero kits will be revealed when the cars hit the oval on May 3 for the Indianapolis 500 Open Test. Follow along with the month’s action at www.dalecoyneracing.com and www.indycar.com.

Daly Impresses in Road Course Debut for Coyne

LONG BEACH, Calif. – In a race that saw Dale Coyne Racing drivers Francesco Dracone and Conor Daly cross the finish line without incident, both had achievements for which they can be proud.  Daly was able to race in his first Verizon IndyCar Series street course race and Dracone completed his first race in the top American open wheel series without an early retirement.

 

Dracone made his third consecutive start for the team and Daly made his first.  The circumstances of Daly’s race were quite unexpected but gave him the platform to show his road racing skills.

The weekend started with Rocky Moran Jr. in the No. 18 Trench Shoring Honda, but a second practice session spin and slight contact with the wall injured his left thumb.  A Saturday morning x-ray revealed a fracture that ruled him out of any further racing for the weekend.  Coyne was left to make a driver change just a day after Moran was announced.

The 23 year-old American Conor Daly was eating breakfast on Saturday morning when his phone rang.  Coyne asked him to drive the No. 18 Trench Shoring car for the remainder of the weekend and, without even finishing his meal, Daly was off for a seat fitting just 45 minutes before the morning practice session.

Daly’s pace increased with every lap he turned and, despite having less than an hour on track, Daly registered a faster qualifying lap than reigning Verizon IndyCar Champion Will Power and former Long Beach race winner Takuma Sato.  Daly started the race in 21st position.

With only one caution period in the 80 lap race, making up significant track position would be difficult but Daly showed the road racing skills he has longed to demonstrate to the world.

Despite finishing 17th place, Daly can hang his hat on one, perhaps surprising, statistic.  He ran the second fastest lap of any Honda powered car in the race.  In addition, he missed being fastest by only 0.0469 of a second.

“I am very happy for the opportunity and thankful for sure,” said Daly.  “I am grateful Dale thought of me for the drive this weekend and also want to thank Rocky (Moran, Jr.) for allowing me to drive the 18 car in his place.”

Francesco Dracone’s race weekend started as a challenge having never turned a lap at Long Beach but by the qualifying session, he had improved almost three full seconds from his first morning in Southern California.  He started the race in 22nd place.

Dracone showed great racing professionalism by being mindful of the leaders all race long after going down a lap.  Staying out of trouble allowed him to finish the race in 21st position in front of fellow Italian Luca Filippi fellow rookie Stefano Coletti.  “We finished the race and stayed away from trouble, which was the goal,” said Dracone.  “I tried to be mindful of others and at the same time save fuel.”

“It was a much improved weekend for our team,” commented team owner Dale Coyne.  “My heart goes out to Rocky Moran Jr. after his injury on Friday.  He showed very competitive times for not running an open wheel race in several years and should walk away proud of what he did here on Friday.  As for Conor, he was perfect, he was professional, and showed increased speed with every lap.  He did a great job and we are proud of all of our drivers this weekend here in Long Beach.”

The next Verizon IndyCar race will be the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.  The 2.38 mile purpose built road course should give teams the first opportunity to race with plenty of aero kit data as the entire series tested there just a few weeks ago.  The race will air live on NBCSN at 3:00 PM EST and can also be steamed on NBC Live Extra.

Mann Returns to Coyne for Indy 500 in Support of Susan G. Komen®

Plainfield, Ill. – Veteran Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Pippa Mann will again race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing. For the second consecutive year, she will be driving in her familiar pink gear as she races in support of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and its mission to end breast cancer forever.

The 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be Mann’s third with Dale Coyne Racing and the fourth time she has raced at “The Brickyard” in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Over the past year, Mann has become more deeply involved in the breast cancer movement both nationally and in Central Indiana, and considers it a privilege to race for the millions of women and men battling breast cancer.

“It was an honor last year to be able to partner with Susan G. Komen,” said Mann. “By bringing Komen’s iconic images and colors to the Indy 500, we were able to promote its cause, while raising funds and awareness for Komen’s mission.”

Mann continued, “The last time I strapped into a race car may have been last May, but I feel very fortunate to have had such strong support from the Dale Coyne Racing team and from Team Owner Dale Coyne over the past 12 months. We are all thrilled to bring this pink program back for a second year running.”
Mann qualified a personal best 22nd in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, a position she hopes to better this year. After a mechanical issue forced an extra stop and a slow lap in last year’s race, Mann finished the race in 24th position, also a position she hopes to improve upon.

“There is nothing that makes our team prouder than to represent Susan G. Komen and all of the hard work that goes into the organization’s efforts both in the U.S. and around the world,” commented Dale Coyne. “Pippa is extremely dedicated to her efforts as a driver at Indy and we look forward to our continued success with this partnership.”
“Pippa’s passion for our cause inspires us all,” said Komen President and CEO Judy Salerno, M.D., M.S. “Whether on the track or out in the community, her commitment to raising awareness and funds brings us one step closer to a world without breast cancer.”

Fans can expect to see Mann in and around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garages the first weekend of May when race participants take part in a May 3 test session. This day will not only be opening day for the speedway, but will also be the debut of the Honda Racing speedway aero kit. In an effort to increase awareness and donations from last year’s fundraising, 2015 will bring supporters a new, interactive campaign that will allow them to get involved. This new campaign will bring fans closer to the action and assist Komen as it works toward its mission of finding the cures.

About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

Coyne on NOLA: We Could Have Won

New Orleans, La. – A rain soaked weekend in New Orleans resulted in a very ominous water stream during the race that affected the fortunes of the Coyne crews. The No. 18 car of Carlos Huertas was poised for a possible strategy aided win on Sunday as the Verizon IndyCar Series and Dale Coyne Racing made their competitive debut at NOLA Motorsport Park.

The Dale Coyne Racing team, again, showed their expertise in timed race strategy. Carlos Huertas was running second in a race that would only see 3 more green laps. This gave him an excellent chance to win the race.

“We had an extra 5 laps on eventual winner James Hinchcliffe,” commented Coyne. “However, starting from second behind Hinch, Carlos spun on the turn 13 stream of water and took himself back in the grid and gave James the extra caution and shorter race distance that he needed to get to the end on fuel. We had enough fuel.”

Of that turn Huertas said, “That area of the track was really bad. I don’t think I did anything crazy but I think the angle of the car when I put a little bit of power was too much to the right and I lost the car.”

Huertas continued, “I think that mistake probably cost us a podium looking at how the race played out. I don’t know if I could have won the race but I was there with a chance to win it today. My mistake is the only reason we finished where we did.” Huertas went on to earn a 16th place finish.

Coyne felt the strategy the team chose was perfect. Huertas had last pitted on lap 18 while Hinchcliffe pitted on lap 13. It would have been close to have enough fuel to make it to the checkered flag, but sometimes teams have to take these gambles in timed races. Unfortunately, it was very wet in that corner and Huertas’ spin and contact with the inside barrier ended his podium chances.

That same stream of water would cause a much more serious situation on the No. 19 car. The water was pouring across the track in that location and under the outside wall. From there, it was streaming right in between the two Coyne pits. On lap 23, the pit immediately after the water, that of Francesco Dracone in the No. 19 LaPasta car, would have a serious pit incident with one of its crew members.

Coming in for a top off of fuel and on slick, Firestone red tires, Dracone hit the water as he was braking for his pit box. The flowing water, along with the surface change from asphalt and concrete, pitched the car sideways and into the box. The rear wing wheel guards flipped Chief Mechanic Todd Phillips into the air and somersaulted him before he landed on his legs and backside against the inside wall. Although the accident looked spectacular, Todd escaped with no broken bones or concussion symptoms. He did need several stitches in his right leg, but he was treated and released from the infield care center without further medical care.

“This just shows how dangerous it is for every member of the team in racing.” said a visibly upset Dracone. “It is an unfortunate way to end the race but Todd’s health is the most important thing right now.”

The Coyne crew will spend Monday doing car setup for the third round of the 2015 season before they send the trucks to Long Beach, CA. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach can be seen live on NBCSN at 4:00 PM EST on Sunday, April 19.

Early Learning and on to New Orleans for Coyne

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Carlos Huertas and Francesco Dracone took to the streets of St. Petersburg, FL this weekend to contest the season opening round of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Limited testing of the new Honda HPD Aero Kit required efficient use of practice sessions leading up to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday.

Huertas improved his times as the weekend progressed culminating in a qualifying time of 1:01.9716 seconds, just a tenth of a second off of last year’s pole winning time. Despite running his fastest time of the weekend, Huertas started the race in 24th position.

The first race of the season did not go to plan for Huertas. After completing just 19 laps he came into the pits with a steering issue that would ultimately end his race. Said Huertas, “Something wasn’t right with the steering because when I turned the wheel all the way it didn’t feel like I was getting as much to the wheels. I didn’t make contact with anything but something clearly wasn’t right.”

Further investigation by the team revealed a setup change that gave Huertas the uncomfortable steering feel. The team made significant changes to the car’s setup after the morning warm up in an effort to make it more drivable for the young Colombian and without having the opportunity to track test the changes, it made for a short race.

Dracone pushed hard all weekend to get up to speed but the challenge of little time in an IndyCar chassis and driving the St. Petersburg circuit for the first time proved quite challenging. He started the race alongside his teammate in 23rd position.

After an early pit stop put Dracone on an alternate strategy, he kept a strong pace and ran as high as 14th position. With just 40 laps remaining in the race, Dracone brought the No. 19 La Pasta Honda into the pit lane with an engine issue.

“I was having fun out there and having some success.” Dracone continued, “I think the team had me on a good strategy but there was something not right with the power delivery of the car. I was having some issues and couldn’t continue.”

After the team recognized that the engine calibration problem was causing the Italian to run the engine into the rev limiter continually, they used their discretion and made the decision to retire the car.

“Both guys did a good job today and we learned a lot at our first street circuit with the new aero kits,” commented Dale Coyne. “We think what we learned will transfer nicely to Long Beach and with our test at NOLA earlier this week we look forward to getting on with the rest of the season.”

Dale Coyne Racing will next be on track at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana in two weeks. The race will take place at New Orleans Motorsport Park and will commence at 3:00 PM on April 12, 2015 and can be seen live on NBCSN.

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