Gutierrez to make IndyCar debut


Esteban Gutierrez is the latest former Formula 1 driver to step into IndyCars, replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais for this weekend’s event in Detroit.

Bourdais suffered leg and hip fractures when he crashed his number ’18’ Dale Coyne Racing machine during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

But while James Davison filled in for him at the Indy 500, it is former Sauber and Haas driver Gutierrez who will be behind the wheel for Detroit’s doubleheader.

“I’m very grateful to join Dale Coyne Racing, a highly competitive team,” said Gutierrez.

“When Dale Coyne called me, I had no doubt that this would be a great opportunity for me to get experience in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“My target is to learn as quickly as possible. IndyCar is a very challenging series for drivers, but I feel ready to take this chance.

“I’m excited about my debut races at the Detroit Grand Prix and I cannot wait to start working with the team, engineers and Honda, as well as driving a Dallara car again.

“I have very good memories of my successful GP3 and GP2 Series seasons with the Dallara cars and I worked very well with them at Haas F1 Team. I will do my best for Dale Coyne Racing, Honda and all the Mexican fans.”

Last weekend Fernando Alonso made his IndyCar debut at the Indianapolis 500 and was running in eighth place when his Honda engine blew. The race was won by former F1 driver Takuma Sato.

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