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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.

Race Winner Huertas Returns with Coyne for 2015 and Dracone Signs with Dale Coyne Racing for First Four Races

Race Winner Huertas Returns with Coyne for 2015 and Dracone Signs with Dale Coyne Racing for First Four Races

PLAINFIELD, Illinois – Dale Coyne Racing is excited to announce the 2015 return of Carlos Huertas who will drive the #18 Honda powered car for a second consecutive season.

Huertas participated in his rookie Verizon IndyCar Series season in 2014 and impressed with his consistent showings.  He took his first and Dale Coyne Racing’s fourth IndyCar win in round one of June’s Houston race.  This victory, his consistently fast pace, and his keen sense to avoid race ending contact served as the primary reasons Coyne sought his return for 2015.

Previous to his Verizon IndyCar career, Huertas raced in top development series in Europe earning wins in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and British Formula Three Series.

“Carlos surprised everyone last year with his performance.  The effort the team has made over the winter, as shown by our Sebring test with Carlos, gives us confidence for the upcoming season,” commented team owner Dale Coyne.

Adding to Huertas’ confidence from last season’s successes, Huertas posted the fastest time of any Verizon IndyCar Series driver that tested at Sebring this offseason.  This fast time was recorded on February 24th, the second of two days of DCR testing.

“I am very happy to be back with the team this year.  I expect to have a better year than last year because I obviously have the experience of a full season and winning a race last year.  That helped a lot for my confidence for this year.”  Huertas continued, “The guys did such a great job last year with the car and race strategy that I’m sure we will have a successful year.”

After IndyCar’s “spring training” test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Dale Coyne Racing and Carlos Huertas will continue to test the new Honda HPD aero kit equipped cars March 23 and 24 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana.  The team will kick off competitive action on March 29 in St. Petersburg, Florida for the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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Dracone Signs with Dale Coyne Racing

PLAINFIELD, Illinois – Dale Coyne Racing has firmed up its early 2015 Verizon IndyCar plans with the signing of veteran open wheel driver Francesco Dracone.  He will drive the #19 Honda for DCR in the first four rounds of the season with further plans undetermined at this time.

Dracone makes his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series having previously participated in the series with Conquest Racing in 2010.  He has since been driving in the Auto GP Series in Europe.  Dracone also tested with Coyne in December 2013.  The Italian brings 13 years of open wheel racing experience to Dale Coyne Racing and should bring a unique perspective to the new Honda aero kit making its debut in 2015.

While trying to control his excitement Dracone said, “It is good to be back in America and great to be back in IndyCar.  I feel that it is the best single seater series for a driver to be in.”  He continued, “Working with Dale Coyne is an honor and a privilege because he is one of the most experienced team owners and he runs a great team.”

“Francesco shows great enthusiasm for our sport,” said Dale Coyne.  “We look forward to working with the rookie in preseason testing and early races as he looks to IndyCar for his future.”

With his only competitive IndyCar starts being in the previous generation car, having several days of testing in the DW12 chassis will be invaluable.  The team will test with him two additional days after the 2015 Barber Open Test.

After IndyCar’s “spring training” test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Dale Coyne Racing, with Dracone at the wheel, will continue to test on March 23 and 24 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana.  The team will kick off competitive action on March 29 in St. Petersburg, Florida for the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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