Dale Coyne Racing Ready to Contend in 2008 IndyCar Series PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- March 19, 2008 -- Marking its 25th year of Indy car racing, Dale Coyne Racing announced Wednesday that the team will field two cars in the 2008 IndyCarÂ® Series. The...
Dale Coyne Racing Ready to Contend in 2008 IndyCar Series
PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- March 19, 2008 -- Marking its 25th year of Indy car racing, Dale Coyne Racing announced Wednesday that the team will field two cars in the 2008 IndyCar® Series. The team will participate in all races on the 2008 IndyCar Series schedule and the Champ Car farewell on April 20 in Long Beach.
Bruno Junqueira, the 2002 Indy 500 pole sitter, will drive the No. 18 Dallara. He returns to Dale Coyne Racing after a stellar 2007 Champ Car season, finishing seventh. "This season brings new challenges -- a new series, new car, new tracks -- but at the end of the day, everybody is starting from scratch," says the likeable Brazilian. "I love the ovals and really look forward to getting back to Indy. Dale and I both have some unfinished business to do there."
IndyCar rookie, Brazilian Mario Moraes, will drive the No. 19 Dallara. In 2004, Moraes began driving F3 cars, showing great promise in his young career. He spent 2007 as a competitor in the British F3 International Series. Moraes showed well during testing at the recent Champ Car Spring Training at Sebring. About the upcoming season, Moraes expresses, "This is quite a challenge for me, but I am excited to learn with Dale's experience with rookies and with Bruno who I know can help me a lot."
"I have done this a long time, first driving, then qualifying several rookies at the Indy 500 over the years," reflects team owner Dale Coyne. "I cannot tell you how much going back to Indy means to me. To go back and truly be competitive is a great dream and challenge."
Coyne indicates that the team has been working long hours, having less than two weeks to prepare both cars for the opening test at Sebring today. The team will be testing today and tomorrow at Sebring International Raceway before moving to Homestead for its first oval test on March 24 and 25.