Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda hopes that the team can repeat the success they had at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the start of the season at this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach which has proven to be a successful track for the Frenchman.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Bourdais commented by saying:

Long Beach is historically a track where I have had a lot of success and I have always enjoyed racing there. It is a great event. It’s going to be a matter of finding the two or three tenths of a second we were missing at St. Petersburg. Obviously, we’re in it (the championship race) so we just need to keep digging and see where we can take things, but it seems pretty clear that we have a good shot. We were obviously competitive at St. Pete, but I really wasn’t expecting us to be that strong at Phoenix. So we will just keep working and see how far we can go.

Zachary Claman DeMelo returns to the No.19 The PaySafe Honda for this weekend’s race and speaking ahead of the race the Canadian commented by saying:

I’m looking forward to getting back in the Paysafe Car. Watching Phoenix from the timing stand really made me itch to get back in. I have never been to Long Beach before so it’s definitely going to be a challenge, but I’ve been preparing and have spent some time on the simulator getting to know the track. I’m looking forward to the weekend.

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