Dale Coyne Racing are fielding three cars for the 101 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the end of the month.
The team have Pippa Mann returning to the team this year alongside Sebastien Bourdais and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Ed Jones.
Speaking ahead of the opening day of practice, Bourdais commented by saying:
I’m pretty excited, it will be my first superspeedway experience with the Honda package. I’m looking forward to discovering that. The whole team is working quite hard to get the best car we can. It’s going to be an interesting week, it looks like the weather is going to be pretty nice all week until we get to qualifying, where the weather might be a factor, we will just have to see how it goes. Overall, I’m looking forward to getting the week underway and getting to work.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda commented by saying:
I’m looking forward to getting on the oval in an Indy car for the first time. I raced here last year in the Freedom 100 in Indy Lights, so I have a bit of experience around the track but I’m sure it’s going to be a lot more extreme going faster. It should be a good week getting to adapt to the car, then we will see where we are at heading into qualifying. It’s great to be here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who wouldn’t be, it’s the most famous racetrack in the world and the most famous race in the world.
Pippa Mann is thrilled to be back for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, driving the No.63 Dale Coyne Honda she commented by saying:
I am thrilled to be re-joining Dale Coyne Racing, and the Verizon IndyCar Series for my 6th Indianapolis 500 this year. It’s great to be back working with the same core people as last year, and as someone who only drives an IndyCar once/a few times a year, it’s great for me personally that the rules package has not changed since last year as that means I will be getting back into a car I am familiar with. I’m also extremely happy to be working with Rob Ridgely, my engineer from 2016, and Tim Whiting my crew chief from last year too as that level of continuity makes a big difference. I’m looking forward to being back on the oval tomorrow, and with the great additions to the Dale Coyne Racing engineering staff over the winter, I’m hoping that we can make this the best year yet for this pink car supporting Susan G. Komen.”