Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Unifin Honda had an extremely impressive end to what has been an extremely difficult year for the Frenchman.
Bourdais started the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from 10th and finished in ninth.
The Frenchman’s progress following his accident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May was remarkable.
Speaking following the race, Bourdais commented by saying:
We started off pretty strong this week and felt really good the first couple of days but then we lost it on Friday afternoon. I don’t know what we did wrong, or what I did wrong, but we couldn’t find the pace we had earlier in the week. Today’s race was a pretty miserable day with nothing really to fight for. It’s never the kind of race you want to have. It’s disappointing, but it was a bit a reflection of our year with highs and lows. We’ll forget about 2017 and look forward and hope to have a better stretch next year.
Ed Jones had a fantastic rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne with a best finish of third place at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
On Sunday, Jones endured a disappointing end to his season as he was classified in 19th place having retired from the race on lap 69.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I had a good start and gained quite a few positions. I attacked really hard because I knew that would be the best opportunity to make up any ground. After that, we had pretty decent pace. We ran 12th for a long time and we were on course to finish 11th. Maybe we could have even slipped into the top 10. That’s our first technical failure of the whole season. Obviously, it’s frustrating that it happened at the end. But then again, everything has gone so well so far that it’s going to happen eventually. It’s just too bad that it happened at the last one. I want to thank Dale (Coyne) and (his wife) Gail and the whole team for the opportunity they gave me this season. I hope we can do it again next year.”