Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez finished his second Verizon IndyCar Series in the space of two days on Sunday. Having made his series debut in the No.18 Unifin Honda in place of the injured Sebastien Bourdais, Gutierrez finished the second race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Lear in 14th place and speaking following the race he stated:
It was quite an experience. Two days of racing, two days of qualifying, one after the other. It was tough. It was a challenge to come here with no testing, straight into the car with two short practice sessions on one of the most physical tracks on the calendar. Two days in a row racing 70 laps, it was quite an experience. We had an eventful race today with good chances. I want to say thank you to all the team, all the crew. It was a fantastic experience. I really loved the experience this weekend, we have fantastic mechanics and engineers that supported me and helped me get comfortable with the car and all the procedures. It was pretty special and I look forward to more, hopefully.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda suffered his first retirement of the season after stalling his car on lap 59 at Turn 7. Mid-way through the race, Jones had to pit for a new front wing following contact with Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand.
The Holmatro safety team were unable to restart Jones’ car and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a tough race. We tried a different strategy, I don’t think it quite worked out but obviously the contact we had is what sent us to the back and that’s what really ruined our race. It’s frustrating. It’s our first bad result of the season, and those will happen in my rookie season at some point but we’re going to work hard and get ready for Texas.