INDYCAR: Rocky Moran Jr. Replacing Carlos Huertas in Coyne No. 18 for Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – official team release — Dale Coyne Racing photo —

Irvine, Calif. native Rocky Moran Jr. will drive for Dale Coyne Racing in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend in the No. 18 Trench Shoring Honda entry, the team announced on Friday.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about finally being able to drive an Indy Car,” commented Moran, who tested an IndyCar with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in September 2014.  “Dale is a dream maker and I have always dreamed of this opportunity.  We just need to run a lot of miles, as I am aware of the hill I have to climb, but I love Long Beach and this truly is a dream come true for me.”

Moran will make his competitive debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series after a long history in the Toyota Formula Atlantic series in the early 2000s.  While in the Formula Atlantics, he went toe-to-toe against former Verizon IndyCar Champion and reigning Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, as well as sports car aces Joey Hand, Alex Gurney, and Jon Fogarty, picking up wins at Laguna Seca in 2001 and at Montreal in 2002.

After Moran’s time in the Formula Atlantic series, he teamed up with his father, three-time Indianapolis 500 starter and 1993 Rolex 24 co-champion Rocky Moran Sr., to build a state-of-the-art karting track in California. Most recently, Moran Jr. drove the Jaguar XKR in the GT class of the American Le Mans series in 2011 for five races, alongside teammates P.J. Jones, Bruno Junquiera, and Cristiano Da Matta.

Moran has additional open wheel experience behind the wheel of an Indy Lights machine, competing in the Indy Lights Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in 2005.

Moran replaces regular driver Carlos Heurtas, who finished 16th in the waterlogged Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park last Sunday and 24th in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg after mechanical issues there forced him to the sidelines.

CREDIT: Dale Coyne Racing

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