Dale Coyne Racing

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Dale Coyne Racing
Owner(s) Dale Coyne
Base Plainfield, Illinois, USA
Series IndyCar Series
Race drivers 18. Carlos Huertas
19. Justin Wilson
Sponsors 18. Spring Step
19. Boy Scouts of America
Manufacturer Honda
Career
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 4

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. In 1990, Coyne stepped out of the cockpit and turned his talents to the tutelage of several up-and-coming drivers. Dale Coyne is known in the open-wheel community for his ability to recruit and coach young drivers. Later renamed as Dale Coyne Racing, the team earned its maiden victory in 25 years of trying at Watkins Glen International in July 2009 with Justin Wilson.

CART / Champ Car World Series[edit]

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.

Payton died in November 1999, and after that the team was known as Dale Coyne Racing. In 2000 they had 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.

In 2007, driver Bruno Junqueira recorded back-to-back-to-back podium finishes (Zolder, Belgium, Assen, Netherlands and Surfers Paradise, Australia) en route to a seventh place finish for the year.

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

IndyCar Series[edit]

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

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 would 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 would 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 stepped 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.

On 25 January 2012, Honda and its Honda Performance Development (HPD) announced it would power a two-car effort for Dale Coyne Racing in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series with their all new 2.2-liter turbocharged V6 IndyCar engine. Justin Wilson also returned to the team for the 2012 season. In addition to the signing of both Honda and Wilson, the team has also re-signed renowned engineer Bill Pappas, "putting the band back together" of the team that combined to score Dale Coyne Racing's first win in IndyCar racing, at Watkins Glen in 2009.[4]

The team scored its second win and first-ever oval win with Justin Wilson at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012 and captured another win in 2013 with Mike Conway in his first start for the team in Detroit Indy Grand Prix race 1. In that race Justin Wilson finished third, putting two Coyne cars on the podium for the first time. Ana Beatriz had driven Conway's car for the first five races of the season.

For 2014, Wilson would remain in the 19 while Formula Renault 3.5 driver Carlos Huertas would take over the 18 for the season. Huertas would score his first career win at the first round of the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston.

Chicagoland Speedway[edit]

In 1998, Coyne designed and built Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL. This state-of-the-art drag racing facility drew the attention of Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George. George and Coyne, along with International Speedway Corporation, would go on to expand the facility by forming a partnership and building Chicagoland Speedway. Coyne served as president of the facility through its construction and opening season and along with George, served on its management committee until its eventual buyout by ISC in 2007.

Racing results[edit]

Complete CART results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers no. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1984 Eagle Chevrolet LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH PHX LAG CPL
United States Jim McElreath 45 DNQ
United States Tom Bigelow DNQ
United States Dale Coyne DNQ DNQ DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ
1985 Lola T800 Chevrolet LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH LAG PHX MIA
United States Dale Coyne 19 DNQ DNS DNQ DNQ DNS 24 23 27 28 DNS 27 DNQ DNQ
1986 DC-1 Chevrolet PHX LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC MDO SAN MCH ROA LAG PHX MIA
United States Dale Coyne 19 DNQ 23 21 DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ 26 23 12 DNQ 17 DNS DNQ 25

Complete IndyCar results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers no. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2008 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 18 23 24 12 15 20 18 15 DNS 23 6 15 13 14 14 17 7 20
Brazil Mario Moraes 19 16 16 20 17 18 23 18 19 17 7 10 24 20 17 10 15 21
2009 Dallara Honda STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 18 22 14 23 15 15 18 14 1* 5 8 21 13 7 10 12 10
19 3
South Africa Tomas Scheckter 12
2010 Dallara Honda SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS
United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 19 18 23 23 19 19 4 8 13 25 23 18 13 10 21 13 21 12
Venezuela Milka Duno 18 21 24 24 25 26 DNQ 23 23 23 26 25 23 22 19 19 19 24
2011 Dallara Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1
United Kingdom James Jakes 18 15 25 15 15 DNQ 25 28 15 25 18 18 23 18 19 27 13 21 C1
France Sébastien Bourdais 19 DNS 11 27 26 6 6 9 6 28 6
United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 19 14 24 22 13 13 26 C1
2012 Dallara DW12 Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 18 10 19 10 22 7 22 1 23 10 21 9 18 11 17 23
United Kingdom James Jakes 19 26 16 11 15 15 23 10 21 13 8 25 19 12 24 12
2013 Dallara DW12 Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU FON
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 19 9 8 3 20 5 3 22 15 9 11 7 11 8 8 2 4 3 4 18
Brazil Ana Beatriz 18 22 24 14 25 15 19 22
United Kingdom Mike Conway 1* 3* 7 7 16 9
Australia James Davison 15 18
United Kingdom Stefan Wilson 16
United Kingdom Pippa Mann 24 15 25
63 30
2014 Dallara DW12 Honda STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TXS HOU POC IOW TOR MDO MIL SNM FON
Colombia Carlos Huertas 18 18 10 16 13 17 8 15 17 1 23 20 20 14 15 17 20 22 21
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 19 8 16 6 11 22 4 12 21 10 12 14 13 10 10 15 17 9 13
United Kingdom Pippa Mann 63 24

Past and present drivers[edit]

References[edit]

  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/
  4. ^ http://www.racer.com/update-coyne-squad-confirms-wilson-honda-engines/article/224649/
  5. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (March 27, 2014). "Huertas in at Coyne; among 4 rookies in field". indycar.com. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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