Dale Coyne Racing endured a tough race at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday. Starting the race from seventh place on the grid Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group Honda the American had a tough race as he came home in 15th place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a really weird race. It was really, really tough to defend from anyone, even though overall we were quicker. We were good into Turn 1 and I’d get runs but I couldn’t defend myself and I couldn’t pass even with overtake. We have to look into that. Other than that, a lot of contact, beating and banging. Some pretty unfair driving every now and then but it is what it is. It’s just a shame that it worked out that way. I made one big mistake on the restart that really kind of put us out of contention but I have no idea why that happened. I’ve never experienced the cold tire grip that the blacks had in my life so it was really weird.
“Then there’s pit lane. It’s a disaster. There’s nothing that we could’ve done. We came in the way we came in and I had to avoid James’ guys, I had no room to get out and we couldn’t leave, so that again inpacted our race and it’s something out of our control.
Luca Filippi in the No.19 IMPCO ComfortPRO Honda started the race, his first back in IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing from 11th place on the grid and he came home in 14th place just ahead of Daly.
Speaking following the race the Italian who finished in second place in Toronto last season commented by saying:
The race went the opposite way than we wanted. We started on black Firestones and tried to survive in our position, which we did as we were running 10th. Everything was good up until then, but we lost a couple of positions after our stop and I couldn’t make those Reds work for us at that point. But it was still decent and we had the potential to finish in the Top 10, easily. However, a yellow came out at the wrong time and it killed our race. It’s a shame. I wish we had more luck to be able to show our pace. It would have been nice to put some laps together and get up front.