Toronto, Ontario (July 15, 2017) – It was a difficult qualifying session for the Dale Coyne Racing drivers on Saturday in Toronto. Rookie Ed Jones qualified 15th for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto while Esteban Gutierrez suffered a crash on his final qualifying lap.
The driver of the #18 Unifin car had just registered the sixth fastest lap of his group with a time of 1:00.0021 and was on his way to the Fast 12 when he clipped the inside wall at the exit of Turn 11. The slight contact sent him to the opposite side of the track where he hit the outside wall and suffered substantial damage to the right side of the car, earning himself a trip to the infield care center.
The following is a medical update from INDYCAR: “Following an incident during qualifications today for the Honda Indy Toronto, Dale Coyne Racing driver Esteban Gutierrez was evaluated by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Gutierrez was treated and released but has not been cleared to drive, pending further evaluation Sunday morning.”
The team and INDYCAR will have further information regarding Gutierrez following his evaluation on Sunday morning. If he is cleared to drive, Gutierrez will be starting 21st.
Earlier in the session, Jones went out in Group 1 of qualifying and while he jumped as high as fourth on his second timed lap and again on his sixth qualifying lap, his time of 59.8686 seconds was only good to place him eighth in his group and 15th overall on the grid for tomorrow’s race. Jones missed out on advancing to the second round of qualifying by only 0.12 seconds.
The team will have a 30-minute warm-up session at 11:30am ET on Sunday morning.
The Honda Indy Toronto, round 12 of the season, will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 3:00pm ET Sunday, July 16.
Esteban Gutierrez - #18 Unifin Honda
“It was not ideal obviously, it’s been a tough weekend overall. Yesterday we lost a bit of track time due to contact in Turn 1 and today it was a pretty hard hit in a high-speed corner. I was having some understeer and I was trying to anticipate a bit the entry of the corner but I touched the inside wall a bit and it sent me straight into the outside wall, pretty hard. It’s unfortunate and I feel really bad for the team, they have a lot of work to do.”
Ed Jones - #19 Boy Scouts of America Honda
"It was a tough qualifying but the jump with the Firestone Reds was very big. I thought I did a pretty good lap but I missed by just a little bit, something like a tenth, to advance to the Fast 12. It was close as usual but frustrating at the same time but I’m sure we can have a good race tomorrow.”