Dale Coyne Racing endured a tough end to what has been a challenging 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season at the final race of the year at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday.
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie, RC Enerson started the race from 22nd place in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda and finished the event in 19th place just ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet. Speaking following the race, Enerson who drove in Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Sonoma commented by saying:
It was looking really good for a while but then we had a mishap on a stop that put us barely a lap down, so that was disappointing. The team gave me a good car, we were consistent, we had the pace. It was a big struggle, a lot of fuel saving to try to get back on the lead lap but we couldn’t quite do it. It’s pretty tough to come away from the last race like this but we’ll pick up the pieces and see what we can do to put something together for next year.
“Looking back at the three races I did, I have to say Watkins Glen was the best because we had a top 10 but this track (Sonoma) is definitely fun, probably the most challenging out of the three and I’m happy with how were with pace wise. We didn’t have the best qualifying but we had the race pace and I hope everybody sees that.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Bryd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group Honda started the race from 21st place and was classified in 21st place despite retiring from the race with a mechanical issue.
Daly scored his very first Verizon IndyCar Series podium earlier this season at the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit Race 1 where he finished the race in second place behind race winner Sebastien Bourdais. Speaking following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway in California on Sunday, Daly commented by saying:
Sadly we had our worst weekends on the double points weekends. It’s been our luck lately it seems but I think that overall we can be super proud with what we did this year. We led a lot of laps for Honda, we led a lot of different races, we had many top-six finishes, we were on the podium and we almost won a race. I think we can be super pleased with that. Compared to other people’s first years this is a pretty solid one. I’m super lucky and happy to have had this year and to compete and drive for this team because it’s been a lot of fun and it’s been a dream of mine. Hopefully we can do more.