Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda capped off a great weekend for Dale Coyne Racing on Sunday at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Dual in Detroit race 2.
In the opening race on Saturday, Daly came through the field from 18th place on the grid to claim his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series podium finishing the race in second place just behind race winner Sebastien Bourdais.
In race 2, Daly started the race from the back of the grid in 21st place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti and came through the field to finish the race in 6th place and speaking following the race Daly commented by saying:
Again, we charged from the back, it goes to show that we’ve got a great car and this Honda powered Jonathan Byrd’s/Cancer Treatment Center of America machine is good for racing, it’s just that I hate to be made to start so far back. Makes you think what could’ve been. All in all, a great weekend just for points, just to get back on the board after the disaster at Indy. It’s a nice bit of momentum going to Texas.
In the opening race on Saturday, Gabby Chaves in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda started the race from 20th place and came through the field to finish the race in 12th place just outside the top ten.
In race 2 on Sunday, Chaves started the race from 15th place and ended the event in 13th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We got a good start but then someone hit us in the rear of the car so we lost a lot of positions on track fixing our rear wing. After that I don’t know if maybe we had some mechanical damage or what went wrong but I didn’t feel comfortable in the car all race and I was really struggling for pace. It was a hard race but we’ll see what we can learn and go forward.