Dale Coyne Racing’s RC Enerson in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was extremely impressive as he took part in his very first Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying session for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course.
The 19 year old American who made the step up to Dale Coyne Racing earlier this week from the Indy Lights series will make his race debut from 18th place on the grid after recording a qualifying lap of 01:04.6576s, what makes his performance more impressive is that he out-qualified his team mate Conor Daly who will start the race from 22nd place.
Speaking following qualifying Enerson commented by saying:
(First time driving on Firestone Alternate tires) Those Red tires are crazy, they have a lot of grip compared to what I’m used to, I was just learning how to push it. I have to say I’m doing a little bit better than I thought I’d be doing so I’m surprising myself every single time, it’s a good feeling, and the team’s great to work with. We just need to keep pushing. I feel like we could’ve done a little bit better had we had four clear laps at the end, we kind of got caught up on the first three, so I just had to put it altogether on the last lap but I’m still happy with it.
“We have another practice in the morning so we’ll dial in the car a little bit, maybe try and run behind some people and see what the car is going to do but it will be important to hit my marks on pit stops and keep putting in some fast laps.
Daly driving the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda set a qualifying time of 01:05.1098s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
For some reason, we had no grip on the Red tires, I don’t know where it went. Our car has been good all weekend, we just failed in qualifying. It’s a shame because realistically, I think our car has been good. We made it hard for ourselves again but nothing is impossible, so we’ll see.