IndyCar 2015 team preview: Dale Coyne Racing

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We only half-jokingly wrote about Dale Coyne’s second car being a TBA last year before St. Petersburg. A full two weeks before the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season though, and Coyne had the TBA brothers pulling double duty.

Team: Dale Coyne Racing
Engines/aero kits: Honda
Sponsors: TBA (No. 18), Boy Scouts of America/Sonny’s BBQ (No. 19)

2014 STATS

Races: 18
Wins: 1 (Huertas)
Podiums: 1 (Huertas)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 730 (Wilson 395, Huertas 314, Mann 21)
Laps Led: 32 (Wilson 25, Huertas 7)
Championship Position: 15th (Wilson), 20th (Huertas), 33rd (Mann)

2015 LINEUP (Engineers in parentheses)

18 Carlos Huertas (Rob Ridgely)
19 Francesco Dracone (first four races; Michael Cannon)

2014 RECAP (Wilson, Huertas driver recaps)

If you look at the above statistics and note a full-season lineup of Justin Wilson and Carlos Huertas, and also note the team’s only win and podium came from Huertas in Houston race one, you’d pretty much have your jaw drop. It was one of the most unexpected triumphs in IndyCar in years, but still a well-executed one from the DCR team, whose strategy rose to the fore. Wilson fought through a year where he lacked either luck or speed depending on the weekend; Huertas generally exceeded expectations on road and street courses, although outside of Indianapolis he struggled on ovals in his rookie season.

2015 OUTLOOK

The good news, as usual, is that Dale Coyne Racing will show up with a two-car lineup. The bad news, if any, is that as of March 15 the team hadn’t announced either of its drivers for the season. The personnel is there to support whoever winds up driving the cars, and the addition of Stuart Kenworthy for the team’s shock and damper development is a good one. Meanwhile Huertas, Dracone, and Rodolfo Gonzalez have tested the team’s two cars; Dracone had the disadvantage of running a 2015-spec floor with 2014-spec aero during the Barber open test. Huertas has some potential to improve upon his rookie season.