Dale Coyne Racing head to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach hoping for a strong result for their drivers Conor Daly and Luca Fillipi.
In Phoenix two weeks ago, Daly started the race from 18th place and went on to finish in 16th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s street circuit event in Long Beach where he won while competing in Indy Lights in 2011 Daly commented by saying:
I’m really looking forward to this race weekend, much more so than Phoenix, just because I have a little bit of experience at Long Beach. I’m very excited for the race. I love the place. I love the track. I love the fact we were quick at the end of the race last year so we have a good place to start and it’s with the same team, so it will be really cool. I didn’t work with (engineer) Mike (Cannon) last year, but we were all there as a team and it’s such a great track and great weekend. I finally feel like it’s a race I’m more prepared for. Even though it will be the same as St. Pete and a tough battle, I feel more prepared than any other race we’ve had this year.
“Long Beach is a great track, there’s a lot of history there. I won in there in Indy Lights and I always enjoy going there. I went there for years before I raced on it so it means a lot to me. I really love Southern California. I’m excited that we got to first bond as a team there last year and that now we get to come back and give it another shot.
Luca Filippi started the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix in 16th place and came home in 20th. The Italian competed at Long Beach for the CFH Racing team in 2015 and is hoping that he can have a strong result with Dale Coyne this year saying:
I’m very motivated heading into Long Beach because I really love the Long Beach Grand Prix. It’s one of my favorite races of the season. It’s a historical place and race for IndyCar and for motorsports in general with Formula 1 racing there in the past. It’s one of those races that all drivers, including myself, want to win. It’s an event that gives me that extra motivation.
“We found a good balance for the car on the street circuit in St. Petersburg that we’ll be able to adjust for Long Beach. I expect to be up to speed quickly and to have a solid weekend. My expectations are relatively high as I think we can have a solid and strong weekend.
“The track itself is one of the most technical street courses that I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s the track that probably took me the most time to learn and to understand its secrets. It is very, very difficult and challenging but very fun to drive. It has a little bit of everything with slow and fast corners, places where you can overtake with wide and narrow areas. I think it provides great IndyCar racing. I’d say my favorite part is the last section, it’s a famous section where there’s been amazing passing in the past and it’s also the part that when you see it on videos or pictures you know it’s Long Beach. It’s very special.