Long Pond, PA (August 22, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing drivers Conor Daly and Pippa Mann came into the weekend at Pocono Raceway with one goal in mind, to finish the second 500-mile race of the season and it’s exactly what they did.
While the team would’ve preferred to finish a little higher up in the final results, both cars made progress and improvements throughout the weekend.
Daly, who had never driven at Pocono Raceway before this event used his time aboard the #88 BC Forever machine to gain as much experience as possible around the Tricky Triangle.
Starting 20th, the American went on to finish 16th, battling with the likes of Sebastien Bourdais and Juan Pablo Montoya along the way.
Mann, who was entered in the 500-mile race for the third time of her career, started 21st and continuously improved as the race went on. She would take the checkered flag in 17th.
The Dale Coyne Racing team will now be heading to Texas Motor Speedway to resume the postponed Firestone 600 on August 27 with Gabby Chaves returning behind the wheel of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car.
What they have to say:
Conor Daly – #88 BC Forever
“I came into this race wanting to learn as much as I could in the first place, and I definitely learned a lot. It’s just a shame, we need something in the car to allow us to get more speed. Everyone was just pulling away from us and we couldn’t use the draft as well as anyone else. But overall, I’m happy to finish a 500-mile race, I hadn’t done that since my first Indy 500 in 2013. It’s nice to get all the experience that I can to come back more ready next year. Despite our finishing result, I hope we made Bryan (Clauson) proud this weekend.”
Pippa Mann – #19 Boy Scouts of America
“It’s definitely been a tough weekend here at Pocono Raceway for lots of reasons. I was actually much happier with my car in the race today than I’ve been all weekend. I feel like we made progress. We got unlucky with a couple of yellows where we could’ve got a couple of laps backs. We also got unlucky with a slight mechanical issue where my anti-roll bar got stuck in the stiffest position. Which isn’t terrible for one end of the track but it meant that for the vast majority of the race I had my hands very full at the Turn 3 end of the track. We resolved it on one of the pit stops but it happened again for the last stint. Overall I felt that we made real improvements with the car in the race and I’m sure I’m echoing Conor (Daly) when I say I wish we could start the race weekend again right now. I know it’s not the finish Bryan would have wanted but I hope he got to enjoy getting to start and run this race with Conor and I today.”