Dale Coyne Racing may be one of the smaller teams on the Verizon IndyCar Series grid but in Sunday’s 2017 season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg they but on a fantastic show for fans and the sport.
Sebastien Bourdais, driving for Dale Coyne for the first time in six years, started the race from last on the grid and made his through the field to claim victory.
Bourdais’ win with Dale Coyne Racing was the team’s first win since the 2014 Houston Grand Prix which was won by Carlos Huertas. Sunday’s victory is the perfect foundation for the team to build on for the rest of the season and with rookie Ed Jones ending the race in 10th place, the team have all the tools they need for a strong 2017 season.
Speaking about Sunday’s race win, team owner Dale Coyne stated:
It’s like getting the old band back together, so to speak, with a lot of the Newman/Haas guys, and it’s worked out, actually pretty good,
We took some bad luck (Saturday), started in the back, used some strategy to get him up front, but then he dominated the front when he was up there.
We were all disappointed, “You work hard to get here, those things happen. That’s part of racing. We sat there wondering, we’ve still got a 30 percent chance to win this race because we can go on alternate strategy. Chance of catching a lucky yellow, about 30 percent. We caught it right away. Obviously when he got in the front, he took command of the front of the field. We did our part; he did his part. It worked out perfect.
The win was also a huge boost for Honda following 2016 which was dominated by Chevrolet. Honda ended the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg with seven cars in the top ten compared to last season when they had five cars in the top ten, in St Pete on Sunday, Honda ended the race with four cars in the top five so they have obviously made a big step forward during the off-season.