Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Dale Coyne says he is working extremely hard to get the Illinois based outfit to the open test at Road America on Wednesday following an extremely tough time for the team in recent weeks.
In qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last month the No.18 Honda of Sebastien Bourdais was destroyed following a huge crash at Turn 2 which resulted in the Frenchman ruled out for the rest of the season due to the injures he suffered during the crash.
In the race, Bourdais’ replacement James Davison hit the wall at Turn 2 following an extremely impressive run during the race.
During race two in Detroit, Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Ed Jones damaged the front wing of his No.19 Honda. In Texas last weekend, the team suffered a double retirement with both Tristan Vautier and Ed Jones forced to retire from the race following heavy damage after the pair were caught up in the huge wreck during the event which resulted in the race being red flagged for half an hour.
Speaking to the Verizon IndyCar Series mobile app, Coyne said:
We’ve got a test scheduled for Wednesday at Road America. I’m just trying to figure out how in the hell we are going to make it there.
Speaking about Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan who he confronted during the red flag on Saturday night, Coyne commented by saying:
I’m calmer these days, but my anger is coming back. “He said he didn’t think he did anything wrong. Look at the two laps before that. He chopped off both of our cars. A lap and a half later, he took out however many cars were in that crash.
“The (No.) 18 car is in sad shape right now.
Despite running two full-time cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Dale Coyne Racing is considered one of the smaller teams on the grid and he will be hoping that he can get back on track for the two day test at Road America on Wednesday and Thursday, so we will have to watch this space.