Dale Coyne Racing


Dale Coyne Racing
Dale Coyne Racing
Owner(s) Dale Coyne
Base Plainfield, Illinois, USA
Series Izod IndyCar Series
Race drivers 18. James Jakes
19. Sébastien Bourdais, Alex Lloyd
Sponsors 18. Acorn Stairlifts
19. Boy Scouts of America
Career
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 1 (Watkins Glen '09 - Justin Wilson)

Dale Coyne Racing is a motorsports team in the IndyCar Series owned by former driver Dale Coyne. It was founded in 1986 with Chicago Bears great Walter Payton as Payton/Coyne Racing. The team fields the No. 18 Acorn Stairlifts and No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Dallara/Honda/Firestone cars for James Jakes and former Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais.

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The team

With Coyne's technical expertise, the team built their own chassis in its debut year (1986), which was known as the DC-1. 1988 saw Coyne's retirement as a driver to concentrate on managing the team with co-owner Walter Payton as well as tutoring newer, younger drivers. For most of the team's existence, it has utilized pay drivers, who finance their racing with Coyne with either personal funds or self-obtained sponsorship. Coyne has earned a reputation for quickly developing the skills of these drivers to a point where they can advance their careers.

Michel Jourdain, Jr. took over driving duties for the team and earned STP Most Improved Driver honors from his peers, in 1997.

The Dale Coyne Racing team, competed in 2000 with four different drivers. Tarso Marques led with 17 starts, and was joined by Takuya Kurosawa (who had 8 starts). Alex Barron had 6 starts and Gualter Salles also had 6 starts. Marques and Barron both recorded career-best finishes when the season closed. Barron, had second place in Australia and Fontana, which highlighted his end to the season. He ran second, closing in on the leader, and eventually put in faster laps than the winners Adrian Fernandez and Christian Fittipaldi.

The 2004 Champ Car season was an improved season with new sponsors American Medical Response and Yoke TV. The 19 & 11 entries were piloted by Oriol Servia and Gastón Mazzacane. Servia had Dale Coyne Racing's best season ever by placing third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and finishing 10th in the final standings.

Dale Coyne Racing earned its best-ever result with a second-place finish in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium on August 26, 2007, with Bruno Junqueira driving.

Mario Moraes practicing for the 2008 GAINSCO Indy 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Dale Coyne Racing fielded two cars for the 2008 IndyCar Series.

In the first race of the 2009 season, the 2009 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, driver Justin Wilson finished third, which was the first IRL podium finish for Dale Coyne Racing. On July 5, 2009 Wilson earned Dale Coyne Racing their first win by winning the 2009 Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen, at Watkins Glen International. The British driver dominated the race, leading 49 of the 60 laps. It was Coyne's 558th career start as an owner or as a driver.[1]

On January 11 the team announced that Boy Scouts of America will be the primary sponsor of the number 19 car for 2010. He also stated that Z Line will likely return to sponsor the 18 car and that drivers will be announced at a later date.[2] However, on February 4, it was announced that Z Line would follow Justin Wilson to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. On March 4, DCR announced Milka Duno would drive the number 18 Citgo car for the entire season.[3] Duno's season brought her a best finish of 19th, though she failed to qualify for the Indy 500 and ended up 23rd in points while British driver Alex Lloyd in the #19 car won Rookie of the Year, finishing 16th in points with a best finish of fourth in the 2010 Indianapolis 500. Duno moved over to ARCA following the season. British rookie James Jakes steps into the #18 car for 2011 and four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais was signed to drive the #19 respectively for road course races only due to conflicts with the Le Mans Series, where he also competes. Alex Lloyd was returned to the team to drive in the Oval races. Lloyd qualified for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and finished 19th but Jakes failed to make the field.

Past drivers

References

  1. ^ McNulty, Dean (2009-07-06). "Perfect race on a perfect day". Cornwall Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, Ontario: Quebecor): p. 11. "Dale Coyne Racing, with Justin Wilson behind the wheel of the No. 18 Dallara Honda, gave the team its first victory in 558 tries – after more than 25 years of trying – in top tier open-wheel racing." 
  2. ^ http://www.dalecoyneracing.com/bsaindy.html
  3. ^ http://www.indycar.com/news/show/55-izod-indycar-series/34586-duno-to-run-full-season-with-coyne-team/

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