Dale Coyne Racing endured a disastrous race at the Rainguard 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Starting the race from fifth place having made a return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in place of the injured Sebastien Bourdais, Frenchman Tristan Vautier led the race in Texas but was forced to retire from the race following the accident involving a number of cars.
Speaking following the race, Vautier commented by saying:
I think I showed everything I could tonight, I gave it my all and I raced really hard. I’m happy we maximized everything, it’s just a shame to be taken out by something out of our control, and the team really did not need another crash because of all of the crash damage they already had. I tried my best to avoid that and race well. Sometimes you can’t do anything about it.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was also caught up in the accident and as a result was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
The guys were trying to run three wide, I think Tony (Kanaan) didn’t leave them enough room. So they crashed, I backed off and hit the brakes, and then I got collected from behind and there’s nothing I could do about that. It put me in the wall and game over. Super frustrating to the team, two extremely fast cars, came from 19th and I think we had a chance to win that one. That’s what hurts most.”
(How frustrating is it that your cars were so fast and yet you got collected in the incident) “I feel bad for Dale (Coyne, team owner). Dale’s put so much work into this team. We’ve been so quick this year, but we’ve had a lot of incidents – this is my first incident. It’s painful, but he keeps coming back and coming back stronger every time.
The team will now return to their base in Illinois to prepare for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in two weeks time.