Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda had an extremely impressive oval race debut in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday.
The Mexican started the race from 18th place and finished the 300 lap event in 13th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball. Speaking following the race, Gutierrez who is in the No.18 Honda for the rest of the season commented by saying:
It was really, really fun. It was a very nice experience. Obviously being the first time on an oval, I didn’t know what to expect at the beginning of the race and I struggled to get up to speed, but after a few laps, I got more and more comfortable and I was using my tools in the car to try to handle it in traffic, which is the trickiest part. I want to thank my competitors because they were very fair to me. It was fair racing, good racing and I really enjoyed it out there today. It wasn’t easy with the different lanes and traffic because once you get really close you have a completely different car so you need to anticipate a lot and for that you need a lot of experience. Every time with more and more experience I will be able to anticipate that better but I think today was a really good start. I also want to thank the team because they were really good on giving me all the tools and the information on doing a good job today.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda suffered from an ill-handling car and as a result had to settle for an 18th place finish having started the race from 8th place on the grid and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We missed it with the race set up and the car was a handful to drive today. On the positive side, we brought the car back home in one piece. Now, on to the next one.