Coyne/HMD contemplating expanded IndyCar affiliation
The connection between Dale Coyne Racing and HMD Motorsports may develop to position one other NTT IndyCar Sequence entry on the grid subsequent season.
DCR with HMD united through the offseason to area Indy Lights runner-up David Malukas within the No. 18 Honda and to carry Coyne into the Indy Lights sequence, the place the five-car HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing workforce holds a good-looking championship lead with Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist. HMD, particularly, is thought to harbor an ambition to develop its presence in IndyCar and Indy Lights, and will change into a bigger presence within the sport within the coming years.
Seeking to 2023, RACER understands the fielding of second DCR with HMD Indy automotive is rising extra seemingly with Lundqvist positioned because the main candidate to take the seat alongside Malukas and DCR with Rick Ware Racing’s Takuma Sato within the No. 51 Honda.
“If we get the folks, sure,” Coyne advised RACER. “The issue proper now could be getting the folks and I’d wish to get the folks earlier than I commit to a different automotive. However we’re occupied with all that proper now.”
With the efficient pairing of Sato and Malukas, Coyne needs to maintain the tandem intact and says the two-time Indy 500 winner is predicted to stay with the workforce. Sato can also be recognized to share in that ambition.
“I believe that we’ll proceed with Takuma,” he added. “He’s match. He’s confirmed. He’s aggressive. You realize, we haven’t gotten the end result we’d like but, however he was lightning quick each day of follow at Indy and certified on the entrance row of Detroit and Texas. It’s all working fairly good collectively. So I believe that’s actually motivated him to attempt to hold doing this for greater than only one 12 months.”
Coyne has additionally been impressed by Lundqvist, who owns 4 wins and 5 podiums from seven Indy Lights races within the No. 26 HMD with DCR entry, and the alternatives introduced by having a brand new pipeline of expertise on the prime step of the Highway to Indy.
“He seems to be actually good, and that’s why we took him within the Indy Lights program this 12 months,” Coyne mentioned. “We knew Linus can be the star of the sphere and he’s confirmed that. And the works rather well. The truth is, it’s extra than simply drivers.
“We’re creating mechanics, engineers, and it’s all obtained nice potential to assist and develop these guys as much as assist with the issue discovering high quality folks. It’s aggressive on the market, so if we will nurture anyone from a from a from a ladder system, that helps everyone.”