Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team Gorilla Automotive Products Honda started Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix from fourth place and finished on the podium in third place.
Speaking following the race he said:
It’s been a roller coaster ride all weekend for the No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan team. We qualified really well after recovering from probably one of the biggest hits I have ever had on a road course. Three hours after the crash, the car is back together and I put it there near the top in qualifying. So, I start fourth, get swallowed up in the incident at the start, cycled to the back, then cycle to the front and finish third. These races are never over. I can’t thank my crew enough for what they have done this weekend. Just an amazing effort from the whole team. I am super proud and thanks to Dale (Coyne), Jimmy (Vasser) and Sulli (James Sullivan) for putting all this together.”
Pietro Fittipaldi in the No.19 Paysafe Honda finished the race in ninth place and speaking following the race he said:
“The race went really well. The car was very fast all throughout the weekend in practice and qualifying so we knew we had the pace. It’s a tough place to pass here so coming into the race we knew it was going to be about strategy and being consistent and trying to get clean air to get track position and that’s what we did. My whole #19 Paysafe Dale Coyne Racing crew did an amazing job on the pit stops and my engineer Mike Cannon did a great job calling the strategy. I’m really happy with the result. I had issues getting up to speed quickly on the restarts because I couldn’t get the brakes hot enough, so unfortunately, I lost some positions there. I also had no more overtake at the end, so I really had to stand my ground and we did that. I’m really happy with today’s result.
Santino Ferrucci in the No.39 Cly Del Manufacturing Honda finished the race in 20th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing car was on rails today. We lost a couple of positions at the start because I had to short cut the chicane, but we made the positions back on the first stint of Reds. We had a long stint and had really good pace. On my third stint we went back out on Reds and we moved up the field again and were fighting for a spot in the Top 5. However, that’s when we had a fuel system issue that cost us a possible Top 10 finish if not better. I feel bad for the guys, but they did an amazing job throughout the whole weekend and I can’t ask for more. We’ll come back stronger in Sonoma.”
Team owner Dale Coyne said:
It’s a shame that Santino (Ferrucci) had his fuel problem today because with Sebastien (Bourdais)’s third place finish and Pietro (Fittipaldi)’s ninth, all three of our Dale Coyne Racing cars would have been in the Top 10.”