Dale Coyne Racing will join the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series teams at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night for the conclusion of the Firestone 600.
Gabby Chaves returns to the cockpit of the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda and will restart the race from 6th place having come from the back of the field from 22nd place.
The race will resume from lap 72 and speaking ahead of the race, Chaves commented by saying:
We hope to have good weather this time in Texas! I went into the race at 22 years old and I’ll finish it at 23, so hopefully that will be some good luck. We’re definitely in a position where we can actually go for the win, so I’m very excited and very much looking to finishing out the oval calendar on a very high note for the team and myself. It’s always tricky to get back in the car especially that we will only have ten minutes to get sorted and get running before going straight into the race. You have to be committed and trust in the abilities that you have and trust in what the team gives you and that’s what I’ll be doing.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality/NanoProMT will not be permitted to complete the race after retiring from the June 11 event. Speaking about his retirement from the race on lap 42 Daly commented by saying:
I was the rookie to make the mistake. The car was really consistent. It was fantastic and we were making great progress. I didn’t expect that slide at all. We were consistently running and all of a sudden the rear (tires) just totally lost grip. I felt like I floated all the way through the corner. It was all my mistake. I should have recognized it but it was definitely a rookie mistake. I was trying to stay a little bit lower because I knew Josef (Newgarden) was coming. Maybe by pinching it a little bit, I just put too much load on the right rear. While the car was quite good I was on the edge in (turn) three and four all the time.”