Detroit, MI (June 3, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Conor Daly and Gabby Chaves ended qualifying for Race 1 of the Dual in Detroit on Friday wanting more after placing 16th and 20th, respectively, on the starting grid for Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race.
Daly had an engine issue early on in the session that was remedied by the team following his first outing. He was able to head back on track with about three minutes to go in the 10-minute session, but the damage was done, with only enough time remaining to put in two fast laps.
The American managed to put in a fastest lap of 1:16.6370, which placed him eighth in his group, less than half of a second off of the top six that were moving on to the next round.
As for Chaves, who was taking part in his first street course qualifying of the year, he admittedly pushed a little too hard and made some mistakes that cost him time around the 2.35-mile street course. His best lap of 1:16.9140 placed him 10th in his group.
Daly and Chaves will be back in action tomorrow for the first race of the doubleheader weekend. Dual 1 will go green at 3:50pm ET on Saturday, June 4 and will be broadcast live on ABC from 3:30pm ET.
What they had to say:
16th - Conor Daly - #18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality
“We had a bit of an engine issue on our first run and it ruined the whole qualifying session for us, unfortunately. I couldn’t get a feel for the car at all in my first outing and I had to come in and we reset a lot of things. When we went back out, we were gaining time exponentially but it was already too late. It’s such a small window and if you have one issue you’ve already set yourself back. It’s a real shame because the car feels great, we just didn’t get to use it.”
20th - Gabby Chaves – #19 Boy Scouts of America
“It was an interesting qualifying session. It was the first time back for me on a street course this year and I was really pushing, giving it 100%. I probably pushed a little too hard in some places and made some mistakes and I lost some time from it. I still think we have some work to do. We’re putting our heads together now and seeing what we can do. It will be interesting to see the strategies that fall our way and what we can do to gain positions in the race tomorrow.”