Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones and Esteban Gutierrez are ready for the challenge of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, as the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers compete in the Honda Indy 200.
Gutierrez heads to Mid-Ohio having tested there last week following the Honda Indy Toronto. The Mexican finished the Honda Indy Toronto in 14th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio, Gutierrez commented by saying:
It’s very exciting to get to know another track. I tested there last week with the team. I think it was a very productive test. It helped me, once again, to understand the car better. Every time that we try something new, it helps me learn more and that then allows me to be more effective on a race weekend as I’m able to understand what direction we need to take to make the #18 Unifin car quicker. The test helped me a lot with that, and obviously to learn the track. It’s a track with high speed corners, very short, but it’s a track that’s very fun to drive. I really enjoyed it and I’m now really looking forward to racing there. In terms of objectives for the weekend, I want to keep on learning and it would be nice to reach the top 10. We know that it’s been a pretty steep learning curve for me in IndyCar but we’ve made some progress and hopefully we can make our way into the top 10 pretty soon.
Ed Jones was forced to retire from the Honda Indy Toronto due to mechanical issues but is looking forward to the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
We had a really good test last week at Mid-Ohio. It was very positive and we worked on a lot of things. The car seemed pretty fast compared to others that were there. As we saw at Road America, it’s beneficial to be able to test somewhere before we race there. It can give you an advantage early on and hopefully we can produce another good result because of it. It’s a really difficult track, very technical, but it’s a lot of fun to drive. I think a lot of the race results will be decided by qualifying because it’s very difficult to overtake. That’s one area where we really need to work hard to get the Boy Scouts car right for.