Dale Coyne Racing head into this weekend’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway off the back of an extremely strong weekend for the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group of Conor Daly who in race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit last weekend started the race from 16th place and came through the field to secure his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series podium coming home in second place behind race winner Sebastien Bourdais.
In race 2 on Sunday, Daly qualified in 21st place and once again made his way through the field to claim a top ten finish in sixth place. Daly has never raced at Texas Motor Speedway before and is looking to improve on his last oval race experience at the Indianapolis 500 and speaking about the race on Saturday he commented by saying:
I’ve never raced at Texas Motor Speedway yet but I’ve been there many times to watch. I’ve always wanted to race there. The place just fascinates me, under the lights, it’s such a cool track, with such great racing for so many years. I want to get me some guns and shoot them in victory lane! Seriously, I can’t wait to get there. We also need to rebound from our previous oval experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I think we had a great car there but we weren’t able to finish it out and we want to make up for that this weekend.
Gabby Chaves in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda heads into this weekend’s race aiming to improve on where he finished last time out in Detroit. In race one, he started the race from 20th place and did well to make his way up to 12th place which is where he finished.
In race 2 Chaves started from 15th place and crossed the line in 12th place just ahead of series points leader Simon Pagenaud. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s action Chaves commented by saying:
Texas Motor Speedway demands a lot of commitment as a driver, a lot of trust in your car, in your guys, your pit crew, engineer, everyone has to be working as one unit. It’s definitely a daunting track with its high banking. It’s a high speed track with a lot of passing opportunities and it’s one of the more fun tracks to race at. Last year, I had a top 10 finish there as a rookie and I’m very much looking forward to go back there and to try to get a top five this year, go for the win and see what we can do.