Dale Coyne Racing head into the Month of May hoping to continue their strong start to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season with Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Jones both having made strong starts to their respective seasons.
Bourdais who returned to Dale Coyne Racing this season made a dream start the season winning the opening race of the year at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and followed it up with a second place finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Speaking ahead of the race in at the Speedway this weekend, the Frenchman commented by saying:
It’s the beginning of May and the Indy Grand Prix is always an important event. Many times, it’s been a bit of a turning point in my season. Sometimes we’d have a rough start to the year and then it would go relatively well at the Grand Prix. Except last year, when it ended a little prematurely with Tony (Kanaan) who didn’t see us coming from the outside at the start. Generally, I’ve always performed well at the INDYCAR Grand Prix. It’s a track that I enjoy and I hope things will go well for us. I think we’re starting to understand a lot of little things with our aero package and other things so hopefully we can put everything together and put in a performance that will meet our expectations in both qualifying and the race.
Ed Jones who is in his first season in the Verizon IndyCar Series commented ahead of the race this weekend by saying:
Last year, I qualified on pole for both races and won the first race. So, it’s been a good track for me in the past. It’s quite a European style circuit so I think that’s one of the reasons why I feel so comfortable there. I’m looking forward to getting out there in an Indy car. I think it’s probably one of our best chances to get a good result so far, this year. I feel like I can do that. We’ll have to see. It seems like the weather in Indy is really changeable at the moment so that can play a factor throughout the weekend but we’re ready for whatever. Hopefully we can make some more progress.