Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez driving the No.18 Unifin Honda in place of Sebastien Bourdais will make his Verizon IndyCar Series oval debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend having being named as the full-time replacement for Bourdais for the rest of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The former F1 driver had the opportunity to test at Iowa Speedway last week and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Gutierrez commented by saying:
It’s great to approach the race weekend having done some testing at the track. Obviously, it’s a completely new racing style for me. An oval seems very basic from the outside but it’s actually quite complex. I really enjoyed it at the test, and I’m very excited to do my first oval race at Iowa. It will definitely take some time for me to adapt, especially racing with other cars around. That will be an interesting experience. I’m looking forward to it. It was really fun to drive on the oval, I think it’s very nice how you can really feel every change, every movement in the car because you are on the limit for so long that you are able to feel everything from the car. It’s given me a lot more knowledge about the Indy car.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda is excited about the race in Iowa this weekend and speaking ahead of the event he commented by saying:
It was nice to have the chance to test at Iowa last week ahead of this weekend’s race. That said, I think it’s going to be difficult again for the Honda teams this weekend, like it was in Phoenix. It should be an interesting race. I think tire degradation is going to be a big factor and will play into the race. It should make for more racing and people making more mistakes. I look forward to it. It will be important to qualify well and try to stay up there. I have a good record on ovals, especially at Iowa in Indy Lights, so I hope to keep that going.