After racing on the streets of Detroit, Esteban Gutierrez has been named the driver of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing entry for the rest of the season, replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais.
During qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, Bourdais made heavy contact with the wall, suffering multiple fractures to the pelvis and a broken right hip. He underwent successful surgery for his pelvic injuries on Saturday evening, and is currently healing with hopes of returning for the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.
“I’m very happy to finally announce my racing program for the rest of the season,” expressed Gutierrez. “To represent Mexico in the Verizon IndyCar Series has a huge significance to all the fans that have been following the series through history and I’m very grateful to fill in this position.
“IndyCar has highly competitive teams and drivers and the challenge for me will be great, but I will use all my experience from Formula 1 with Sauber, HAAS F1 Team and Ferrari in order to adapt quickly to the car and the tracks. I look forward to continue working with Dale Coyne Racing and Honda, I put my trust in them to achieve great results together. I cannot wait to jump in my Unifin #18 car at Road America this weekend!”
In his debut at Detroit, he posted a 14th-place finish in the second event on Sunday.
“We’re very pleased that Esteban can join us for the remainder of the season,” said Team Owner Dale Coyne. “Esteban did a very good job in Detroit despite having a lot to learn in a short amount of time. He fit in very well with the team and I look forward to our next races with him, starting with Road America this week.”
Prior to racing in IndyCar, he drove for Haas F1 last season after spending a year with Scuderia Ferrari as a test driver. He got the opportunity after placing third in the GP2 Championship in 2012 with seven podiums.
He has previous experience at Road America, racing there in 2007 in the Formula BMW USA Series.
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