Rodolfo Gonzalez set for IndyCar debut with Coyne at Barber

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Venezuelan driver Rodolfo Gonzalez will be the latest driver in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda, as he’ll make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

Gonzalez tested multiple times this offseason for both Coyne and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, including at Barber.

He’s the fourth driver in the No. 18 in the last 10 days, dating to the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12, in what’s been a surreal sequence of events.

Carlos Huertas went from running second under caution to spinning out before a restart at NOLA. Rocky Moran Jr. was due to replace him at Long Beach, only to break his thumb after a practice accident on Friday, and then Conor Daly replaced him.

Gonzalez made eight FP1 appearances with Marussia’s Formula 1 team in 2013. He also made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year.

In four seasons and 64 starts in GP2 from 2009 to 2012, Gonzalez scored points in only three races.

Francesco Dracone is set to make his fourth of four scheduled starts in the second car, the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.