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Solid qualifying effort for Dale Coyne Racing in Long Beach

Solid qualifying effort for Dale Coyne Racing in Long Beach

Long Beach, CA (April 16, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Luca Filippi and Conor Daly had strong qualifying runs in Long Beach on Saturday, respectively placing 12th and 13th on the starting grid for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Filippi, who went out in Group 2, put in a fastest lap of 1:07.6214 in Round 1, which initially placed him fifth in his group. The Italian ended up seventh at the end of the session, however, he made it back into the Top 6 when Sebastien Bourdais’ final lap was disallowed for having taken the checkered flag twice.

The Boy Scouts of America driver then went out in the final five minutes of Round 2 to try and make it into the Firestone Fast Six, but a mistake on the start of his final lap meant that he’d have to settle with his quickest lap of 1:07.9303 and a 12th place in the starting lineup.

Daly, also put in a solid qualifying effort, spending most of the 10-minute Group 1 session in the Top 6, improving his time with every lap. However, he was relegated to seventh once all drivers had taken the checkered flag. The driver of the Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality car missed out on Round 2 of qualifying by a mere 0.041 seconds with a fastest lap of 1:07.7520.

The Dale Coyne Racing drivers will be back on track at 9am local time for a final warm up on Sunday morning, ahead of the 1:45pm green flag.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 4pm ET (1pm local).

Live timing and scoring will be available at racecontrol.indycar.com.

Dale Coyne Racing Driver Quotes
Luca Filippi – #19 Boy Scouts of America

“We had a solid first round and the Boys Scouts of America car was working very well. I think we were very close to the guys on top. We made good progress. We still have a lot to learn, but it’s nice to see that that we’re working in the right direction. I felt confident which is important for the race tomorrow. In the Fast 12, I made a mistake closing the lap and opening the last one so it would have been difficult to improve because I had a slow start to the last lap, so I just came in. With getting to the Fast 12 we can actually now think differently about the race for tomorrow because we have fast guys in front of us and we can maybe just work our pace more than a strategy. It will be important to have a strong pace.”
Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group

“We were close and that’s the thing. I’m hugely thankful for the progress that we’ve made. To be nearly last in the qualifying at St. Pete, same in Phoenix, it’s very cool to be fighting for the Top 12 group now and that’s what our goal is, to keep improving. It’s cool that we’ve done that. It was really close. Hopefully at Barber we can make it into the Top 12 next time. I think we have a great car for tomorrow and that it will come down to who can make the Firestone Reds last the longest and the most efficiently. I don’t know how that is going to work out but hopefully it works out in our favor.”

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Schedule (all times local)

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Warm-up: 9:00am – 9:30am
Race: 1:45pm green flag (80 laps)

Dale Coyne Racing Long Beach preview – High hopes heading into Long Beach

Plainfield, IL (April 13, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers Conor Daly and Luca Fiippi are looking forward to returning to a street circuit this weekend for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third round of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The team is hoping for a better outcome on the streets of Long Beach than at the season opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg, where both DCR drivers saw their chance of a podium finish taken away following contact that was no fault of their own.

Daly and Filippi plan to use their experience around the demanding 1.968-mile, 11-turn track to give the team well-deserved and solid results.

Long Beach was the scene of Daly’s debut with Dale Coyne Racing last season. The rookie was called up 45 minutes before Saturday morning practice to replace the injured Rocky Moran Jr. Despite his limited track time, Daly finished 17th and impressed posting the second fastest lap by a Honda-powered car.

The American aims to do much better this time around with a complete race weekend under his belt to prepare for race day. The rookie first competed at Long Beach in 2011, picking up a win in Indy Lights.

Filippi will be making his second appearance in Long Beach. The Italian made his first start on the famous circuit last year with CFH Racing. Filippi has made 13 of his 20 IndyCar starts on street circuits and is extra motivated to do well at this historic race in a very familiar environment.

The team will have three practice sessions ahead of qualifying, with two practice sessions on Friday, April 15 and one on Saturday. Qualifying will take place at 5pm ET (2pm local) on Saturday, April 16 and will be broadcast on NBCSN at 6:00pm ET.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 4pm ET (1pm local).

Live timing and scoring will be available at racecontrol.indycar.com for all sessions with live streaming also available for all practice sessions and qualifying.

Dale Coyne Racing Driver Quotes
Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group
“I’m really looking forward to this race weekend, much more so than Phoenix, just because I have a little bit of experience at Long Beach. I’m very excited for the race. I love the place. I love the track. I love the fact we were quick at the end of the race last year so we have a good place to start and it’s with the same team, so it will be really cool. I didn’t work with (engineer) Mike (Cannon) last year, but we were all there as a team and it’s such a great track and great weekend. I finally feel like it’s a race I’m more prepared for. Even though it will be the same as St. Pete and a tough battle, I feel more prepared than any other race we’ve had this year.”
“Long Beach is a great track, there’s a lot of history there. I won in there in Indy Lights and I always enjoy going there. I went there for years before I raced on it so it means a lot to me. I really love Southern California. I’m excited that we got to first bond as a team there last year and that now we get to come back and give it another shot.”
Luca Filippi – #19 Boy Scouts of America
“I’m very motivated heading into Long Beach because I really love the Long Beach Grand Prix. It’s one of my favorite races of the season. It’s a historical place and race for IndyCar and for motorsports in general with Formula 1 racing there in the past. It’s one of those races that all drivers, including myself, want to win. It’s an event that gives me that extra motivation.”
“We found a good balance for the car on the street circuit in St. Petersburg that we’ll be able to adjust for Long Beach. I expect to be up to speed quickly and to have a solid weekend. My expectations are relatively high as I think we can have a solid and strong weekend.”
“The track itself is one of the most technical street courses that I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s the track that probably took me the most time to learn and to understand its secrets. It is very, very difficult and challenging but very fun to drive. It has a little bit of everything with slow and fast corners, places where you can overtake with wide and narrow areas. I think it provides great IndyCar racing. I’d say my favorite part is the last section, it’s a famous section where there’s been amazing passing in the past and it’s also the part that when you see it on videos or pictures you know it’s Long Beach. It’s very special.”
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Schedule (all times local)

Friday, April 15, 2016
Practice: 10:00am – 10:45am
Practice: 2:00pm -2:45pm
Autograph session: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Practice: 10:00am – 10:45am
Qualifying: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Warm-up: 9:00am – 9:30am
Race: 1:45pm green flag (80 laps)

Strong Oval Debut for Daly and Filippi in Phoenix

Strong Oval Debut for Daly and Filippi in Phoenix

Avondale, Arizona (April 2, 2016) – The learning experience continued on Saturday at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix for the Dale Coyne Racing drivers with Conor Daly placing 16th and Luca Filippi 20th in their one-mile oval debut.

Daly and Filippi put in strong performances at Phoenix International Raceway that weren’t reflected in the final results.

Daly ran well throughout the race and was on pace with the rest of the competition. The rookie driver made great restarts, gaining a couple of positions on more than one occasion. Had it not been for a few mishaps and a fuel issue that cost him a couple of laps to the leaders, the result could have been much different for his short oval debut.

Filippi, who was racing for the first time ever on any type of oval, survived an early incident on Lap 50 when Castroneves came up to pass him. The Italian went high to avoid contact with the Penske driver but wound up in the marbles. Thanks to some great driving skills, Filippi ended up avoiding the wall and spinning towards the apron. The #19 Boy Scouts of America car stalled in the process which caused Filippi to lose four laps to the leaders.

Filippi was able to continue the race while running competitive lap times and experience an oval race from start to finish.

Dale Coyne Racing will be back in action in two weeks at the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 17th.

Dale Coyne Racing Driver Quotes
Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group
“That was really interesting! It was really nice to have a car to fight like we did. I thought the car was well balanced, I could race people and I had really good restarts. We just made some mistakes in the pits which is part of the game but I felt like I passed a lot of cars out there! Sadly, we had a few issues but it’s still the beginning of the season and things like this are bound to happen. I’m just really pleased with the car, I thought our pace was really good and I thought the way we raced was really good. We just have to get ourselves starting up a bit further up and eliminate small mistakes.

“It was more active than I thought it was going to be out there. Certainly crazy when you got off line. Some really interesting moments and some really hairy moments but I’m just glad we made it to the end and made it through unscathed. We gained a lot of experience today for sure.”
Luca Filippi – #19 Boy Scouts of America
“(About his spin) Everything was going well and I was with a group and the pace was quite consistent, the same as the guys around me. Helio (Castroneves) was a couple of laps down, faster than me, but when he made a move into Turn 1, it was a late move and in order to avoid contact I had to go on the marbles. I eventually saved it, but unfortunately the engine died and we lost a few laps, so the race was pretty much over at the time for us being that many laps down. That was very unfortunate because everything was going fine.

“After that, I was just trying to be smart on the restarts with the guys around that were racing each other. I was trying to gain experience and keep learning more about the car and racing on an oval but at the same time I was just staying away from trouble. It’s a bit of a shame because I couldn’t really race as hard as I wanted but at least it was a great experience. It was important for me to finish the race and experience the changes from the first lap to the last one. The car was good and I felt confident in driving the car. The guys did a solid job to give me a car I liked.”

Dale Coyne Racing drivers gain experience in Phoenix

Avondale, Arizona (April 1, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Luca Filippi and Conor Daly qualified respectively 16th and 18th at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday for tomorrow’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.

It was the first one-mile oval qualifying session for both drivers and while the final results were not what they truly wanted, the pair gained valuable experience in this new environment that will serve them well later on.

Conor Daly was the sixth Verizon IndyCar Series driver to take to the track for his two timed laps. The rookie put in a lap of 20.0226 seconds followed by a lap of 19.9121 seconds, which temporarily placed him fifth with an average speed of 184.261 mph.

His teammate Filippi took to the track nine cars later and registered a first lap of 19.8442 seconds and a second lap of 19.7567 seconds. His average speed of 185.814 mph provisionally placed him 11th.

Filippi would find himself 16th and Daly 18th on the starting grid once all cars had made their qualifying attempt.

The second round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season goes green at 9:15pm ET (6:15pm local) and will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 8:30pm ET.

Dale Coyne Racing Driver Quotes

Luca Filippi – #19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q
“Everything is new for me and it was my very first time qualifying on an oval. I have to say it was fast, even if I wasn’t the fastest! It’s amazing driving these cars on an oval and I loved it. I’m eager to get more experience and push the guys to push the limit higher and higher. We had a margin that we could have played with but we didn’t want to take risks. For tomorrow, it’s looking good. We have to work a lot on dealing with traffic but so far I love it. Very fun.
“I know there’s a lot to learn and that it’s difficult. I can’t just jump in a car and pretend to be as fast as the top guys but I want to be that fast one day. It will take a lot of work but I’ll try.”

Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group
“I played it too safe. I didn’t get up to speed as quickly as I needed to and it’s just tough to do that when you’re on that much of an edge. I’m still learning so a lot of it was all down to me. It’s also the first time that I was in this type of a qualifying format and you take the green pretty quickly! Of all of our runs in practice, our fastest laps were on laps four or five so that’s just something that I have to get used to. For us, I think it was the best thing to play it safe today because the last thing we need is a crashed car.”

Dale Coyne Racing and Phoenix International Raceway – A return 20 years in the making

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Plainfield, IL (March 29, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing makes a long-awaited racing return to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this week for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix on Saturday, April 2, an event that presents a whole new challenge to rookie driver Conor Daly and Italian Luca Filippi.

The second round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season will mark the eighth race for the Illinois-based team at PIR, but the first for its drivers. The last time Dale Coyne Racing competed at the 1.022-mile oval was over 20 years ago, in 1995, when racing in CART with drivers Eric Bachelart and Alessandro Zampedri.

Daly, who pilots the #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group car, will be making his first IndyCar Series start on a short-oval and only his second on any type of oval track.

As for his teammate Filippi in the #19 Boy Scouts of America Indy car, he is taking part in his first ever oval race, in what will be his 20th series start.

Nonetheless, the Dale Coyne Racing drivers are no strangers to PIR, having participated in what was a successful two-day test at the facility last month.

With their limited experience at this demanding track, Daly and Filippi agree that the 250-lap race will likely be one of their biggest challenges this season, but one they are ready and excited to take on.

The team will be on track Friday, April 1 for practice and qualifying, with the Phoenix Grand Prix going green on Saturday, April 2 at 9:15pm ET.

Both qualifying and the race will be broadcast live on NBCSN with qualifying airing at 2:00pm ET on Friday and the race airing from 8:30pm ET on Saturday.

Live timing and scoring will be available at racecontrol.indycar.com

Dale Coyne Racing Driver Quotes
Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group
“I think it’s going to be quite a challenge in Phoenix. Probably the biggest challenge we’ve faced so far. Especially for me as a driver. There’s a lot to learn, a different style of racing to get used to. I’m excited for it. It was nice to be able to test there in the Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality car, so we have a little bit of experience going into it, but still, I definitely think of this track as probably one of the biggest challenges we’ll face all year.”
“Racing on a road and street course, that’s sort of what I was bred doing. You know what happens on a road and street course, everything is obviously new every race but the style and goals are all the same and you can sort of anticipate, but racing at Phoenix and racing on a short oval is a different style, there’s a different kind of technique and there’s a different strategy. The cars are super on the limit in Phoenix and it’ll be tough for everyone. It’s a whole new physical set of challenges, obviously the track is very difficult physically and I think patience is quite important in Phoenix as well and just staying in the fight will be the major key for us.”
“I don’t have much to compare the track to in Phoenix but it’s pretty cool driving on it. With Turns 1 & 2 being so different from Turns 3 & 4 and having the dogleg, that creates, again, another challenge for racing there. When all the corners are different that presents another one, where is the best place to overtake, one place is obviously going to be a lot harder than the other and no one is going to be giving an inch. It’s going to be new, it’s going to be different but I like the track and I think it’s going to be a cool place to have a race.”
Luca Filippi – #19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q
“I’m very, very excited going into my first oval race, especially since it’s my first oval race in an Indy car which is something very special to me. Not many drivers have the opportunity to race on ovals so I also feel lucky and honored to accomplish this. I know it’s going to be a real challenge. It’s going to be something very different from everything else that I’ve experienced in racing, so I expect an exciting weekend but at the same time a tough weekend. It’s hard for me to have specific expectations, but being in IndyCar is what I like the most and where I want to be and I have to go through this learning process and take it step by step.”
“My preparation for this race is going to be mentally slightly different because there’s still a lot to learn and we don’t have a lot of time to practice and work with our engineers to make the right changes before the race to get the Boy Scouts of America car where we want it. I’ll have to remind myself not to overdrive the car, because on ovals you don’t have room for that. I think the key will be to be patient. I obviously want to take the best out of it and we have to take it one step at a time to get the job done properly.
“Phoenix International Raceway is an interesting place to race because it’s so different to any other track that we race at. It’s what makes IndyCar racing the most versatile series in the world, at least in open-wheel. You have three types of tracks between street and road courses and ovals, and then the ovals are so different from one another, and Phoenix is unique compared to the other places we go to. It’s very challenging, very demanding physically and mentally. One of the big challenges will be to get used to the train of cars and the traffic that we will have in the race, and at such high speeds. I think in terms of a short oval, it’s probably one of the toughest because going through the traffic and staying with the traffic is going to be, from my point of view, much more difficult than any other place we will go to this year. It’s a huge challenge and with little experience in this type of racing it’s probably an even bigger one! But it’s very exciting, it’s something very new to me and I can’t wait to be there.”
Phoenix Grand Prix Schedule (all times local)

Friday, April 1, 2016
Practice: 10:00am – 11:15am
Qualifying: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Autograph session: 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Final Practice: 6:15pm – 6:45pm

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Race: 6:15pm green flag (250 laps)

Double podium finish speared in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL (March 13, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing was on its way to a potential double podium finish in the opening race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, but the team suffered heartbreaking contact and ended up crossing the finish line 13th with Conor Daly and 20th with Luca Filippi. Both Dale Coyne…

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Dale Coyne Racing shows progress in qualifying

Dale Coyne Racing shows progress in qualifying

St. Petersburg, FL (March 12, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing didn’t have the day they were hoping for on Saturday during qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with Luca Filippi qualifying 16th and Conor Daly 21st.

However, despite their positions on the starting grid, the team showed quite a bit of progress in what is a very competitive Verizon IndyCar Series field. All 22 drivers were separated by less than a second following the day’s only practice session.

Daly was first up for the Dale Coyne Racing team in Group 1 of qualifying. The young American progressed throughout the session, improving his lap time with every lap, placing as high as fifth. However, when the checkered flag fell on the 10-minute session, the rookie found himself 11th in his group with a time of 1:01.9385, meaning that he will start Sunday’s race in 21st place on the grid.

His teammate, Filippi, went out in Group 2 and showed much improvement from the earlier practice session, even taking over first place provisionally. Halfway through the session the Italian was second but moments later he would end up eighth in his group with a fastest time of 1:01.1699. His position in Round 1 of qualifying places him 16th on the starting grid.

Daly and Filippi will be back in action tomorrow, March 13 at 9am for a 30-minute warm up session. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg goes green at 12:52pm and will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 12:30pm.
Dale Coyne Racing Driver Quotes
Luca Filippi – #19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q
Qualified 8th in Round 1/Group 2, 16th on grid
“We made some changes to the car and it is reacting well. We were just a little too conservative and we had a little too much understeer which is probably our limit to get a little quicker. But it’s not too bad, the gap to P1 is not huge and the gap to P6, to go through to the next round, was very, very small. It’s important that we made an improvement but it’s more important that we are in the fight. One tenth in qualifying can put you further up in the classification but in the race it just means that if we can be consistent we can really fight for the top positions.
“Obviously, you always want to do better than this and you always want to be in the Top 5 or 10 but we are not far and especially for tomorrow, I think we have some cards to play.”
Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group
Qualified: 11th in Round 1/ Group 1, 21st on grid

“I’m disappointed for sure. You’re never, ever happy in the back. We have quite a bit to do but we’ve done a lot, we’ve investigated a lot, we’ve tried a lot, so no matter what it will help going down the road for the season. I also got impeded by traffic, sadly, but that’s part of the game. If you go through a weekend without, at one point, getting traffic you won the lottery so, no blame there, it’s just part of their game and we just have to put ourselves in a better position next time. We’ll see what happens in the race.”

Dale Coyne Racing set to kick off 2016 season

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Dale Coyne Racing set to kick off 2016 season

– Filippi to pilot #19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q car in St. Petersburg –

Plainfield, IL (March 8, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing kicks off its 32nd year of competition this week at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the opening round of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The team has been busy in preparation for the 2016 campaign, contesting the recent oval test in advance of IndyCar’s return to Phoenix this year and recently completing a one-day test at Sebring International Raceway with drivers Conor Daly and Luca Filippi.

The test was a good end to a productive off-season and offered an encouraging look at what’s to come for the Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing squad.

Sunday’s start will mark the first IndyCar Series race for Daly on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit. However, the driver of the #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group car is no stranger to the St. Petersburg course, having raced there in Indy Lights and the Star Mazda Championship in the past.

Starting his first full season in the IndyCar Series this year, Daly previously won in St. Petersburg in Star Mazda in 2010 and finished second in Indy Lights the following year.

Filippi will make his 19th IndyCar Series start, but his first behind the wheel of the #19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Dale Coyne Racing car. The team is currently working on extending its relationship with the Italian racer to a full-season deal.

This will be Filippi’s second visit to St. Petersburg, having participated in the IndyCar event last year where he scored a ninth place finish.

Daly and Filippi will kick off their 2016 campaigns starting Friday, March 11 during the first practice session at 10:50am. Qualifying will start at 3:40pm ET on Saturday March 12.

The 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will go green at 12:52pm ET on Sunday, March 13 and will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 12:30pm ET.

All practice and qualifying sessions will be streamed live on www.indycar.com.

 

Dale Coyne Racing Driver Quotes

Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group

“We made a lot of progress with the #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality car at the Sebring test last week and we got a lot of work done, a lot of positive stuff. So that’s very encouraging heading into St. Petersburg this week.

“I’m obviously really excited heading into the first race of the season. It’s a big weekend for me, for my family too and everyone that’s been a part of this ride ever since I was a kid, I’m just excited. That’s the word I can use best. Excited and ready to work. We have a big challenge in front of us, it’s going to be a really, really competitive season so we just have to start off on the right foot. I know the team is ready, I know I’m ready and I can’t wait to see how it goes after the first session.

“It’s hard to have expectations. We all want to win, obviously, winning is what we do this for but it’s going to be our first weekend together as a full team and I think expectation wise we’re maybe setting the bar high, but realistically I just want to be able to complete every lap and do the most efficient work possible to start the season off right and get a lot of information for the following races and the rest of the year.

“I love the St. Petersburg track. I think it flows together really well. It has a really good rhythm to it. For a street course that is sometimes rare but it’s a lot of fun. It’s always looked very exciting in an Indy car from a spectator point of view. I’ve always enjoyed driving there, so I’m excited to see how it feels in the big car, especially with more downforce with the new kits and more power from Honda. It will be different, for sure, than the previous categories that I’ve driven but I can only see it getting better in an Indy car!”

Luca Filippi – #19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q

“It was nice to test at Sebring last week before starting the season. It was my first time back on a road course in an Indy car since Sonoma last season. We had a very good test and it was a good way to get ready for St. Petersburg. We were mainly focusing on getting a good balance and a good pace. I normally always try to focus on a race pace because if you can be fast and consistent then you have a better chance for a strong result.

“I feel very positive going to St. Petersburg. First of all, Honda have done a good job in providing us with an improved aero kit and more power. I think it will be very competitive between all the teams.

“From the team point of view, I see that Dale Coyne Racing is really motivated to boost the level of the team even more this year, and I think that with myself and Conor we have a good combination and I think we could really get strong results.

“For me personally, I’m more of a street course specialist. I feel like on every street course we go to it can be a good weekend all the time. So, I’m obviously aiming for a solid result because it would be good to start the season scoring some good points. It will be important to have a clean weekend.

“I like the St. Petersburg track. It’s a very unique street course. It’s nice to have a long straight on an airfield. That’s very special and it’s also very long for a street course. We also find many different surfaces in nearly every single corner which makes it very challenging and very special too. Plus, it’s in a very nice location, being by the water.

“Last year was my very first time in St. Pete. I did well, finishing ninth. This year will be to, hopefully, improve on that result. Going to a street course that you know and that you feel you have done well at is always a good thing.”

Dale Coyne Racing Completes Successful Test in the West

Avondale, Arizona (February 27, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing along with rookie driver Conor Daly and Luca Filippi completed a productive two-day test at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on Saturdaynight.

With this being the first visit for Daly at a 1-mile track aboard an Indy car and only the second-time for Filippi, the pair knew that it was going to be an intense learning curve.

Despite their lack of practice at this type of track, the two drivers impressed over the course of the two days gaining tons of experience and gathering loads of data that will be useful for when the team comes back to race at PIR on April 2, 2016.

Daly did a combined total of 255 laps with Filippi orbiting the track 233 times. They simulated different kinds of racing conditions, including running alone as well as on full tanks in traffic and achieved everything they set out to accomplish prior to arriving at PIR.

Filippi ended the final three-hour test session on Saturday night in sixth place with a best lap of 19.6833 seconds while Daly found himself in eighth with a fastest lap time of 19.7490.

The Dale Coyne Racing team will be back on track on March 2, 2016 at Sebring International Raceway for a one-day test at the historic track.

The 2016 INDYCAR season kicks off with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 13, 2016.

(photo courtesy of Dale Coyne Racing)

(photo courtesy of Dale Coyne Racing)

Conor Daly – #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group

“I’m feeling good with how things went. We’re just working away. We’re a couple of days behind other teams that have tested here, which is to be expected. Information is very important. They have some and we have a little bit less. It’s just about working through that, getting used to the track, getting used to everything. It’s all new for both Luca and I here. I’m happy with what we’re doing, it would have been nice maybe to have a few more sets of tires to run some things but it is what it is. I’m just happy to continue working and that’s the thing that we have to do. It doesn’t matter where we are on the time sheet right now, there’s no winning here, it’s one of those things that we’re happy with what we’re doing.
“Running in traffic, at night, is pretty hectic. Cars are lively, that’s for sure. We could probably use a little bit more downforce in traffic in a race situation but it’s fun, as well. It’s cool to experience this because it’s new for me. It’s going to be a challenge but we just need to keep working on our car in traffic and by ourselves as well and see what happens.”

(Photo Courtesy of IndyCar - Chris Jones)

(Photo Courtesy of IndyCar – Chris Jones)

Luca Filippi – #19 Boy Scouts of America

“Driving at night was a new experience for sure. Running in the dark on an oval in an Indy car was new to me, it wasn’t easy but it was exciting. I had to set some references and learn. It’s a different vision and different sort of environment that you find out there.
“Today, I felt more confident and we had a solid session. We had more things to try and also myself, I’m also learning, especially in traffic. So far I’m enjoying it.
“It was nice to have two days of testing here because every time you learn something new it’s always good to sleep on it and the day after it’s already more conventional and everything comes a little more automatic, maybe not as much as I’d like but I’m still happy and positive. I definitely feel that we are going in the right direction.”

R.E. Griesemer Gets Fired Up With Jonathan Byrd’s Racing

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Greenwood, IN – Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, having recently signed on with Dale Coyne Racing in support of Conor Daly’s rookie IndyCar campaign, and to bring Bryan Clauson to his 3rd Indianapolis 500 in the seat of the Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing #88, is pleased to introduce another supporter in the form of the R.E. Griesemer, Inc.

R.E. Griesemer, Inc. (www.regriesemer.com), a returning sponsor for the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Indy 500 entry, is a Fire Protection contractor that has been installing fire sprinkler systems throughout the state of Indiana since 1976.   With a reputation for excellence with many general contractors, devlopers, and facility owners, their expertise is varied and includes providing customized fire protection as well as service and inspections for commercial, retail, industrial, and distribution facilities.

Bill Powlen, President of R.E. Griesemer says “We are extremely happy to continue our long time support of Bryan Clauson by again being a contributing sponsor for his Jonathan Byrd Racing’s entry in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

Bryan Clauson added: “Bill and R.E. Griesemer have been tremendous supporters of short track racing in general and myself in particular for many years, and I couldn’t be happier to once again bring them to the biggest stage in racing.  It means so much to me to be able to connect the world of short track racing and its supporters to Indy, and I’m thrilled that Bill and company are continuing to support our program.”

Adding to Bryan’s sentiments, team principal David Byrd offered his thoughts: “Bill Powlen and everybody at R.E. Griesemer have a passion for racing, and they are the type of enthusiastic partner that we love to attract as we continue to build for the long-term with Bryan.  It’s been great getting to know Bill over the last couple of years, and we’re honored to represent yet another Indiana company and to bring them, once again, to the greatest spectacle in racing.”

R.E. Griesemer provides new installation, renovations, and retrofit of existing facilities, as well as protection of office, retail, medical, government, commercial, industrial, distribution, warehouse, newspaper printing, food processing, and cold storage facilities, in addition to wet pipe and dry pipe systems, pre-action and deluge systems, early suppression and fast response sprinklers, in-rack and pick-module fire protection, standpipe and fire hose supply systems, AAFF foam, FM200 and CO2 special hazard suppression systems, electric and diesel driven fire pumps, underground fire mains, and fire protection water storage tanks.

R.E. Griesemer joins a diverse and growing list of supporters that includes Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Vantage Hotels (Lexington Hotels), E&K Construction, Dooling Machine, WHMB TV40, Freedom 95 Radio, Reising Radio Partners, (KORN Country 100.3, QMix 107.3, MOJO 102.9), Tilson HR, VisionAire Jets, Timothy Plan, ComedySportz Indianapolis, the Indy Fuel, B&H Contractors, and Hopegivers International.

Source: Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and Dale Coyne Racing PR

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