Coyne-HMD keeps Malukas uncertain about third car for 2023

Coyne-HMD keeps Malukas uncertain about third car for 2023

When asked by if he thought Malukas was being courted by other teams, Coyne replied: “I’m sure they are interested. Why wouldn’t they be? He does a great job showing how fast he is.

“But we have a contract with him and I think he will respect that because I think he knows it’s the best environment for him at this stage of his career. He fits so well with us, you can see his confidence growing. with every race, he works very well with Ross [Bunnell, race engineer] Taku [Sato, his teammate].

“I think he is good for us and we are good for him. And hopefully we can get this Rookie of the Year trophy. ”

Heading into this weekend’s season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Malukas is just five points behind Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda’s Christian Lundgaard in the battle for the Rookie of the Year title. His highlight was a second place finish at Gateway’s World Wide Technology Raceway.

Henry Malukas, who leads the successful HMD Motorsports Indy Lights team and is now a partner of Coyne in both IndyCar and Indy Lights, agreed with Coyne.

“Yes, David stays here,” he said. “Until this year I didn’t follow IndyCar very closely, but now I see this man’s [Coyne’s] operation, I am very impressed. It has worked well.

“And David isn’t staying because he’s forced by the contract or anything like that. He stays because he wants to… And because we like hanging out with Dale. He’s straight, none of this [makes S-bends with his hand].

“We need to see the pit stops improve, but Dale knows all that and they are already better.

“And the cars are good too. We’ve seen them strong on ovals, street races…I’d love to see David win a championship with Dale!”

There is a driver evaluation day on October 12 in Sebring, and Dale said his team “might be able to do it”. Should he do so, elected Indy Lights champion and HMD Motorsports driver Linus Lundqvist will be on his list of potential candidates.

But since Sato will stay in Dale Coyne Racing with RWR car – if he stays in IndyCar, his contract says it must be with Coyne whether he’s part-time or full-time – evaluating drivers for 2023 isn’t necessarily high on Coyne’s priority list.

“We’re not sure about the third car – we’re still waiting for Honda and we don’t know how it will turn out yet. Linus would be at the top of the list if we were running a third for sure. He has done a good job this year.

“But we also look in Europe and also here.”

Juncos Hollinger Racing, which announced this week it will expand to two full-time entries this year, will evaluate Formula 2 race winner Marcus Armstrong, while Benjamin Pedersen, who took his first Indy Lights win last weekend, is being evaluated by AJ Foyt Racing. , to potentially replace Andretti Autosport-bound Kyle Kirkwood.