Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda started Sunday’s 85 lap Honda Indy Toronto from the back of the grid after crashing heavily during Saturday’s qualifying session.
The Mexican had managed to make it into the Firestone Fast 12. Gutierrez had a clean solid race and came through the field to finish the race in 14th place.
Speaking following the event, Gutierrez commented by saying:
It was a very difficult weekend but in another way it was quite positive because the gap with the guys in front has been improving race by race. We saw here that we had good potential in qualifying, unfortunately I had the crash which was a big reset for us because coming into the warm-up with a new car I was not feeling completely 100%. We had to make some adjustments for the race. We fell back a little bit with the crash in qualifying but looking at the pace, looking at how the race went on, we can take some positives from that. I really want to thank the team because it was a big job to build up the car. I appreciate all their effort and all their work. Today the car was really good and everything was working well. To put together a car from scratch and to put it on the track and to have everything running well, it’s quite challenging so thank you to them.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda endured a tough race, the Verizon IndyCar Series rookie who started the race from 15th place and suffered mechanical issues forcing him to retire from the race with just 10 laps remaining in the race.
Speaking following the race, Jones commented by saying:
It was a frustrating day. In the first stint, we were picked up quite a few spots passing cars and I feel like we had the pace to be in the Top 6. We got unlucky by the caution and that’s what sent us to the back. We tried to gamble a bit for rain but that didn’t work out. At the end of the day, we had an oil line issue so it wouldn’t have worked out anyway. It was frustrating, but it was good to see that we had a lot of potential and we’ll try to carry that forward to Mid-Ohio.D