Another Pair of Top 10 Finishes for Coyne Drivers at Detroit
May 31, 2014
Detroit, Michigan - With only a few days to change the car to a street setup and travel to Detroit, the Dale Coyne Racing crew worked hard to prepare Justin Wilson’s Boy Scouts of America Honda and Carlos Huertas’ Café de Colombia Honda for a grueling two event weekend. The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans requires a solid setup from the first laps due to the compact schedule that sees drivers qualify and race on both Saturday and Sunday.
While strong in the early practice session, Justin Wilson qualified for race 1 in 19th position. Starting near the back of the field is no small task for any team but the Coyne staff married excellent strategy with Wilson’s skillful driving and brought the #19 car home in fourth position. “It was great strategy by the team. We just had to be quick when we needed to be and to save fuel when we needed to save fuel,” said Wilson. He added, “The guys did great pit stops today. We did quite a few of them and our guys called a perfect race.”
Carlos Huertas advanced out of the first round of qualifying for the first time in his IndyCar career and started race 1 in 12th position. Right after the green flag flew he fell back a few positions to drivers who are more experienced running around the Belle Isle street circuit. Like his teammate, Huertas’ crew called an excellent race and helped the #18 car finish in eighth place. Searching for a top five finish in the closing laps, Huertas was forced to conserve fuel and said, “the end was really tough because I had to save fuel and defend positions.” Huertas added, “I am happy to get another top ten finish this year and hope we can improve tomorrow for the second race.” The eighth place finish is Carlos Huertas’ best IndyCar finish to date.
“We are pleased to show great performance again here at Detroit,” commented Team Owner Dale Coyne. “Carlos showed really well this weekend with his qualifying and race results, along with Justin’s move up in the points chase. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
The team and drivers now have to reset their focus to tomorrow’s competition. Drivers will qualify in an abbreviated qualifying format at 10:00 AM ET on Sunday and race at 3:30 PM ET. The race can be seen live on ABC and on ESPN3. Watch for both drivers to try to improve on Saturday’s performances and aim to get back on the podium as the Dale Coyne Racing team was last year at Belle Isle.
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