Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda says he doesn’t know what to expect from Pocono Raceway as he prepares for his second oval race since joining the Verizon IndyCar Series.
At the last oval race, the Iowa Corn 300, the Mexican finished the race in 13th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s ABC Supply 500, Gutierrez commented by saying:
“I really don’t know what to expect heading into the Pocono race weekend. It’s my first superspeedway, and it’s different from a short oval, so it will once again be a new experience for me. The car will be different as will the approach and that will make my experience a little bit more interesting than the race weekends I’ve been used to now. I’m very much looking forward to learning something new and to experience the superspeedway.” (How do you prepare for a track like this, that you’ve never been to?): “Watching videos is very important and very helpful, but also the information that is in the pre-event report from my engineers is also very helpful. For me, that’s one of the best ways to prepare. To get all the information that I can from previous experiences, previous years, and that will obviously help me to figure out more quickly what direction we need to take with the car. Because this will be a new speedway for me, everything will be about learning. We need to be very effective in getting a good feeling and a good understanding of the car in practice to get ready for qualifying and then the race.”
In the last 500 mile race, the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda finished the race on the podium in third place behind Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and race winner Takuma Sato.
Jones is hoping for another strong performance this weekend and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
Pocono Raceway sounds like quite a difficult track from what I’ve heard about it. It’s certainly fast, but I feel like the team has been really strong on circuits that are quite like that, in the sense of Indy and Texas. In Texas, I was in a similar position as I had never been to the track but we rolled off the truck well. I feel confident that the team has a good idea of what we need for when we get to Pocono. I’m really looking forward to it and I really think that if we roll off strong, we can have a really solid weekend and challenge to be at the front.”