Bourdais Hopes To Build On St Petersburg Momentum
Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais heads into the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach hoping to build on a fantastic start to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg where he took victory.
Speaking ahead of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Bourdais commented by saying:
I’ve mostly always done well at Long Beach, although looking at my results there the last few years, they were not necessarily what they could have been for different reasons. It’s a circuit that I very much enjoy driving on, like any street circuit, to be honest. I think it suits my driving style quite well. If we find the right balance on the car, I think things can go well for us this weekend. We’re always aiming to be in the top five because from there anything can happen. I know people will ask if we can win again this weekend at Long Beach. Well, we didn’t expect to win in St. Petersburg. That said, for us it’s more a question of proving our potential versus getting that ultimate result. Yes, winning was a great bonus for everyone on the team, but we also want to validate everything we’re doing. At St. Petersburg, we didn’t have the fastest car but we had potential and that’s what I take away from that race and it’s what motivates me as we move forward with this program.
Ed Jones made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg where he started the race from 18th place on the grid and ended the event in 10th place.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Jones commented by saying:
I’m really looking forward to the second round of the season. St. Pete was such a good experience for me. I think I was more comfortable in the end than I thought I was going to be. It was a great result as well. We built even more on that at the Barber Test, so all in all, I think we made a lot of steps forward. I know a lot more what to expect when I get to a race weekend after what I learned at St. Pete and I can’t wait to bring that experience to Long Beach, work on that and improve from there. I’ve been to Long Beach once before, in 2015, and I won there in Indy Lights. It was too bad that Indy Lights didn’t race there last year. Long Beach is in my top two favorite events that I’ve done, so I really can’t wait to get back there. It’s always a great atmosphere, a great circuit and racing in California is always nice.