Long Beach: Dale Coyne Racing race report

Long Beach: Dale Coyne Racing race report

Tough times at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April, 19, 2009 Long Beach, CA -What started out as a great battle for the ...

Tough times at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

April, 19, 2009 Long Beach, CA -What started out as a great battle for the #18 Z-Line Designs Indycar Series team quickly turned into what amounted to a freeway pile-up.

Justin Wilson was fired up at the start and passed two cars into the first turn to gain third place. Justin was running a strong fourth place when the full course caution flag came out on lap 17. Nine cars stayed out under yellow which put the Z-Line designs team back in the field. Justin was patiently waiting for the field to cycle through when trouble started on lap twenty four.

"There was a lot of traffic in close quarters going into the hairpin and someone tried to pass about three cars ahead of me which caused everyone to check-up," Wilson explained. "I got hit pretty hard in the rear which caused me to hit Maraes in front of me. I'm very disappointed for the team and for Z-Line Designs which just announced their return to Dale Coyne racing".

"We are disappointed at what could have been the best start in the first two races of the season," noted Dale Coyne. "The day started out well and we wanted to put on a good performance here at this historic race".

The team will regroup and head to Kansas for the first run on an oval this season.

-credit: dsr

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