DETROIT – Former Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez will fill in for the injured Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing this weekend, making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader in Belle Isle.
From 2013 to 2014, Gutierrez raced in Formula One full-time in 2013 and 2014 with Sauber F1, after two years as their test driver. He then joined Scuderia Ferrari as a test driver in 2015 before competing for a full season with U.S.-based Haas F1 Team last season.
Saturday and Sunday’s races will mark Gutierrez’s first-ever starts in Indy car competition.
“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.”
Prior to his time in Formula One, Gutierrez made his mark in the GP2 Series, placing third in the championship standings in 2012 on the strength of three wins and seven podium finishes. In 2010, he took home the GP3 Series title, thanks to five wins and nine podium finishes in 16 races.
“We’re going to miss having Sebastien in the (No.) 18 car, but we’re very happy with our choice of a replacement for him this weekend,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “Esteban has a great open-wheel racing background, especially with his time in Formula One and the GP2 Series. I think he’ll do well in an Indy car despite the learning curve, and we all look forward to seeing what he’ll do this weekend in Detroit.”
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