The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Canada this weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto around Exhibition Place.
Dale Coyne Racing will have a familiar face on their pit stand as their driver Sebastien Bourdais is attending his first race since he suffered multiple pelvic fractures during qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 just seven weeks ago.
Esteban Gutierrez who is in the No.18 Unifin Honda until Bourdais is able to return to racing has been extremely impressive since making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit.
Gutierrez is looking forward to racing in Toronto having never been at the circuit before but the Mexican knows what to expect with the Toronto surface being extremely bumpy.
As for Bourdais? Paddock Eye understands that the LeMans native will be back in the No.18 for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Watkins Glen making up a three car team for Dale Coyne Racing as we also understand Gutierrez will be with the team for the rest of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Gutierrez said:
It’s been an incredible challenge so far to jump from a street course, to a road course to a short oval and now back to a street course. Three different types of racing in a very short period of time, but it’s been very fun. Now for Toronto, I don’t know a lot about the track as I’ve never been there before but I’ve been told that it’s very bumpy! It will be important to have a stable car over the bumps, so hopefully we can find a good set up. I think with the experience I’ve gained so far, knowing the car better, every race, every step I am getting more and more confident and gaining more knowledge in what the car is doing in every situation so I hope I can use that experience to move forward and as a team that we can bring a good package to be competitive.