Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda was happy with how his Verizon IndyCar Series debut went in race 1 at the Belle Isle Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Lear on Saturday.
The Verizon IndyCar Series rookie who had never seen the Belle Isle circuit until Friday let alone driven an IndyCar finished his first race in 19th place and was happy to get a race distance under his belt and is looking forward to building on his performance on Saturday by carrying his momentum forward to Sunday.
Speaking following the race, the former Formula One driver commented by saying:
I’m very pleased and very grateful with the support I got from the team. It’s been very important for me to get into a rhythm. Obviously, it was a very big challenge to throw ourselves into a weekend at Detroit. A very difficult track and not knowing the car. This race was basically to get the rhythm, to find the speed and to complete the 70 laps and that goal today was achieved. We’re going to look for more for tomorrow’s race but we’re taking it step by step. It was a good day and a positive one because I could find more speed, more pace, I was more comfortable and more consistent. I feel very grateful with how everything went today.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda has moved into seventh place in the series points standings following another extremely strong race in Detroit. Off the back of his podium finish last weekend in the Indy 500, Jones finished the opening race of the Detroit weekend in ninth place and speaking following the race he stated:
It was a good race, I started off not driving well enough earlier this weekend but I made big steps every session and I feel like finally we were quite comfortable with the track, so I was able to attack more. The car was really good and it allowed me to overtake some people and keep consistent lap times throughout the stints and we ran a good strategy. All in all everything worked together well and it gives me confidence for tomorrow.”