Team Highlights and History

Dale Coyne Racing

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First Indy car Season: 1984
Indy car Wins: 6
Indy car Poles: 32023 will be the team’s 40th consecutive year of competition in American open-wheel racing. The team scored 13 Top 5 finishes and 40 Top 10 finishes the last four seasons.
DCR scored its best finish at the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 with then rookie Ed Jones placing third.
The team won its first open-wheel race in 2009 with the late Justin Wilson at Watkins Glen International.
Wilson followed up that win three years later and gave the team its second win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.
Mike Conway and Justin Wilson gave Dale Coyne Racing its first double podium finish in 2013 at the first race of the doubleheader at Belle-Isle in Michigan with Conway picking up the team’s third win and Wilson finishing third.
In the last 10 seasons the team has finished in the Top 10 96 times and the Top 5 35 times.
DCR picked up its sixth win at the season opening round of 2018 in St. Petersburg with Sebastien Bourdais,
In addition to its six wins, Dale Coyne Racing has finished on the podium 21 times claiming its first podium finish in 1996 with Roberto Moreno at the Michigan 500.
The team picked up Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors with Santino Ferrucci in 2019.

First Indy car Win: 2009 (Justin Wilson, Watkins Glen)

Best Championship Finish: 6th (2013: Justin Wilson)

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2023 will be the team’s 40th consecutive year of competition in American open-wheel racing. The team scored 13 Top 5 finishes and 40 Top 10 finishes the last four seasons.
  • DCR scored its best finish at the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 with then rookie Ed Jones placing third.
  • The team won its first open-wheel race in 2009 with the late Justin Wilson at Watkins Glen International.
  • Wilson followed up that win three years later and gave the team its second win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.
  • Mike Conway and Justin Wilson gave Dale Coyne Racing its first double podium finish in 2013 at the first race of the doubleheader at Belle-Isle in Michigan with Conway picking up the team’s third win and Wilson finishing third.
  • In the last 10 seasons the team has finished in the Top 10 96 times and the Top 5 35 times.
  • DCR picked up its sixth win at the season opening round of 2018 in St. Petersburg with Sebastien Bourdais,
  • In addition to its six wins, Dale Coyne Racing has finished on the podium 21 times claiming its first podium finish in 1996 with Roberto Moreno at the Michigan 500.
  • The team picked up Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors with Santino Ferrucci in 2019.

TEAM HISTORY

Entering its 40th season of competition in 2023, Dale Coyne Racing has a long and storied history in Indy car racing. Starting in 1984 as an owner/driver, Dale Coyne ran seven seasons in CART. In 1990, he focused his efforts on the tutelage of several up-and-coming drivers.

From Dean Hall in 1990 to Paul Tracy in 1991 and beyond, Coyne’s ability to help and coach drivers has paid dividends to the drivers who have competed with his seasoned team.

Prior to making the transition to the IndyCar Series following the unification of American open-wheel racing, the team competed in the Champ Car World Series. In 2007, driver Bruno Junqueira recorded back-to-back-to-back podium finishes (Zolder, Belgium, Assen, Netherlands and Surfers Paradise, Australia) on route to a seventh place finish for the year.

In 2008, the team’s first year in the IndyCar Series, drivers Junqueira and Mario Moraes recorded five combined top-10 finishes and both drivers led several laps during the famed Indianapolis 500.

In July 2009, the team celebrated its first win with Justin Wilson at Watkins Glen. Wilson would also win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012, and Mike Conway added a third in the first race of the 2013 Belle Isle doubleheader weekend. Rookie Carlos Huertas made a surprising run to the checkered flag to win the first Houston race in 2014, notching the team’s fourth career triumph while Sebastien Bourdais marked his return to the team by winning the 2017 season opener at St. Petersburg.

Also in 2017, Bourdais was on his way to a pole position at the Indy 500 prior to an unfortunate accident that sidelined him for nine races. The driver of the #18 machine was running 1.5mph quicker than eventual pole winner Scott Dixon when he lost control of his #18 machine in Turn 2 of his third qualifying lap.

In 2018, DCR formed a collaboration with Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan, to run its #18 entry with Sebastien Bourdais under the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan name for two seasons. The team kicked off the 2018 season with Bourdais picking up his second consecutive win on the streets of St. Petersburg. (Click here for more on Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan.)

For the 2020 season, the team continued to partner with Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan fielding an entry for Santino Ferrucci. DCR also formed a partnership with Team Goh to run driver Alex Palou in its #55 Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh entry.

The team continued its partnership with Vasser-Sullivan in 2021, and welcomed back its 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year Ed Jones to pilot its #18 entry. It also created a new partnership with Rick Ware Racing to form Dale Coyne Racing with RWR and hired Formula 1 veteran Romain Grosjean to drive its #51 Honda. Grosjean had a great season, scoring three podium finishes and registering eight top seven starts, including one pole position.

For its 2022 campaign, the team chose Formula 1 and NTT INDYCAR SERIES veteran and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato to pilot its #51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR entry, while 2021 Indy Lights vice-champion David Malukas took over driving duties of the newly formed Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports #18 entry.

Malukas had a stellar rookie campaign in the #18 HMD Honda. He started in the top 10 seven times and picked up three top 10 finishes, including a second place finish at WorldWide Technology Raceway.

Dale Coyne Racing is based in Plainfield, Ill., about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

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