Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly and Pippa Mann endured a tough race in Pocono on Monday.
Starting the race from 20th place, Daly driving the No.88 BC Forever Honda was able to make his way up to 16th place which is where he finished. It was Daly’s first time racing at the Pocono Raceway which is known as ‘the tricky triangle’.
Speaking following the race Daly commented by saying:
I came into this race wanting to learn as much as I could in the first place, and I definitely learned a lot. It’s just a shame, we need something in the car to allow us to get more speed. Everyone was just pulling away from us and we couldn’t use the draft as well as anyone else. But overall, I’m happy to finish a 500-mile race, I hadn’t done that since my first Indy 500 in 2013. It’s nice to get all the experience that I can to come back more ready next year. Despite our finishing result, I hope we made Bryan (Clauson) proud this weekend.
The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway was Pippa Mann’s first Verizon IndyCar Series race since the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Mann started the race from 21st place and made progress throughout the 200 lap event and ending up coming home just behind her team mate in 17th place and speaking following the race she commented by saying:
It’s definitely been a tough weekend here at Pocono Raceway for lots of reasons. I was actually much happier with my car in the race today than I’ve been all weekend. I feel like we made progress. We got unlucky with a couple of yellows where we could’ve got a couple of laps backs. We also got unlucky with a slight mechanical issue where my anti-roll bar got stuck in the stiffest position. Which isn’t terrible for one end of the track but it meant that for the vast majority of the race I had my hands very full at the Turn 3 end of the track. We resolved it on one of the pit stops but it happened again for the last stint. Overall I felt that we made real improvements with the car in the race and I’m sure I’m echoing Conor (Daly) when I say I wish we could start the race weekend again right now. I know it’s not the finish Bryan would have wanted but I hope he got to enjoy getting to start and run this race with Conor and I today.
Gabby Chaves returns to the cockpit of the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda for this weekend’s race in Texas.
Daly’s next outing will be at the IndyCar Grand Prix at the glen which takes place over the Labor Day weekend. Daly was involved in the crash with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden earlier this season and with both cars retiring from the race they will not be permitted to race on Saturday.