Dale Coyne Racing announced on Thursday that former Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut this weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

Gutierrez will drive in place of the injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Honda. Speaking about his appointment the Mexican said:

I’m very grateful to join Dale Coyne Racing, a highly competitive team,” expressed the Mexican. “When Dale Coyne called me, I had no doubt that this would be a great opportunity for me to get experience in the Verizon IndyCar Series. My target is to learn as quickly as possible. IndyCar is a very challenging series for drivers, but I feel ready to take this chance.

“I’m excited about my debut races at the Detroit Grand Prix and I cannot wait to start working with the team, engineers and Honda, as well as driving a Dallara car again. I have very good memories of my successful GP3 and GP2 Series seasons with the Dallara cars and I worked very well with them at Haas F1 Team. I will do my best for Dale Coyne Racing, Honda and all the Mexican fans.”

Team owner Dale Coyne stated:

We’re going to miss having Sebastien in the #18 car, but we’re very happy with our choice of a replacement for him this weekend,” shared Team Owner Dale Coyne. “Esteban has a great open-wheel racing background, especially with his time in Formula One and the GP2 Series. I think he’ll do well in an Indy car despite the learning curve and we all look forward to seeing what he’ll do this weekend in Detroit.

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