Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez who is driving the No.18 Unifin Honda in place of Sebastien Bourdais for the rest of the season made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut on Friday and ended the day at the Detroit Grand Prix in 22nd place and speaking following his first day in the car he commented by saying:
It’s completely different from what I’m used to. I really enjoy the feeling of driving the Indy car. It’s really natural, you get a lot of feedback from the steering wheel. The track is very bumpy and the track layout is also very interesting with how you enter Turn 1 and then Turn 2 is a very high speed corner, on a street circuit it’s pretty special. Everything is a bit in a rush since I’ve arrived, but I’m going to take it progressively, step by step, to try and get into a rhythm and understand the car, especially with the two different tire compounds. Right now it was the first time I used the Firestone reds, so it will be interesting to see how they react tomorrow.
Ed Jones who ended the Indianapolis 500 on the podium in third place ended the opening day of the Detroit Grand Prix ended the day with the 21st combined fastest time and speaking following the day in the car he commented by saying:
It was a really tough day. Learning the track was more difficult than those I’ve been on in the past. It was the first track that I didn’t have any experience on compared to the other tracks this year, as I’ve driven on all of those. You really have to attack here and have confidence. I think after a few weeks of oval driving, I didn’t do a good enough job to prepare to get back to a street course. But it’s a good that we have tomorrow to qualify and then the first race. I’m confident we’ll do better tomorrow as we gain more experience and then we’ll be even more prepared for Sunday’s race.