Rodolfo Gonzalez gives Dale Coyne Racing a team first in 2015

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At Dale Coyne Racing, there’s been a revolving door of drivers for both of its teams in the No. 18 and No. 19 Honda’s.

The No. 19 has been piloted by three different drivers through 10 races. Francesco Dracone in the first five, then James Davison in the Indianapolis 500 and Tristan Vautier has been in the cockpit in the four races that followed.

It’s been worse in the No. 18. Five different drivers have taken sporadic turns in the the entry, starting with Carlos Huertas and ending with Rodolfo Gonzalez. Sunday in the Honda Indy Toronto, the Venezuelan driver drove the No. 18 car for the fourth time this season.

While his 18th-place finish doesn’t look like much, Gonzalez can leave Toronto knowing he gave DCR something none of the other seven drivers have: laps led.

Thanks to pit strategy that kept him out during the race’s first caution flag, late in the race Gonzalez found himself leading. The No. 18 was in the top position for five laps around the 11-turn, 1.755-mile street-course.

Too bad no one took the time to tell him.

“It is funny, I didn’t even know I was leading there at the end with (Josef) Newgarden,” Gonzalez said. “I was told I was leading all those laps after I got out of the car. I was just driving my race and knew I had a black car behind me. I thought maybe it was Gabby Chaves because we had been racing together earlier in the race. At one point, I was asking myself, ‘Why do I keep getting Penske cars behind me?'”

Gonzalez was able to stay ahead of eventual race winner Josef Newgarden until he had to pit for fuel.

“I think we took a big risk on our strategy and, in the end, it didn’t pay off because we got that second caution so quickly and it screwed us up a little bit,” said Gonzalez. “It was certainly fun. It is only my (fourth) race and to be spending any time leading is great.”

Sunday was only the second race Gonzalez has been able to finish of the four he’s been in. He was unable to finish either of the Detroit dual races.

Dale Coyne Racing is now no longer on the short list of full-season teams that have not led laps in 2015. That list is now down to one with Bryan Herta Autosport, which fields Chaves.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,