Ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez to make IndyCar debut in Detroit

Esteban Gutierrez will make his IndyCar debut as stand-in for the injured Sebastien Bourdais in Detroit this weekend with Dale Coyne Racing

Ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez to make IndyCar debut in Detroit

Bourdais suffered fractures to his pelvis and hip in a 227mph crash during his qualifying run for the Indianapolis 500, and is aiming to return for the season finale in Sonoma in September.

He was replaced by James Davison for the 500-mile race, but Gutierrez will take over in the #18 Honda-powered entry for the Detroit double-header

"I'm very grateful to join Dale Coyne Racing, a highly competitive team," Gutierrez said.

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

The team's plans for the #18 seat past Detroit remain unclear, with Coyne having told Autosport this week that Davison and Oriol Servia were also candidates to fill in for Bourdais during his absence.

"We're going to miss having Sebastien in the #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 1 and GP2.

"I think he'll do well in an Indycar despite the learning curve and we all look forward to seeing what he'll do this weekend in Detroit."

Gutierrez, who was a Formula 1 driver for Sauber in 2013-2014 and for Haas in 2016, currently competes in the Formula E championship with Techeetah.

shares
comments
Ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez 'up for' trying IndyCar

Previous article

Ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez 'up for' trying IndyCar

Next article

Detroit IndyCar: Graham Rahal fastest in first practice

Detroit IndyCar: Graham Rahal fastest in first practice
Load comments
Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history Plus

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, he explained his tactics

IndyCar
Jun 2, 2021
How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status Plus

How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status

Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after edging past Alex Palou on the penultimate lap of a thrilling race that validated Michael Shank's faith in the veteran Brazilian - who is discovering that there is life after Penske after all

IndyCar
Jun 1, 2021
Indy 500 preview: Will experience or youth be victorious at the Brickyard? Plus

Indy 500 preview: Will experience or youth be victorious at the Brickyard?

A quarter of the drivers racing in the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500 are former winners - but are they the favourites? The veteran drivers largely impressed in qualifying - but there's also a plethora of young guns looking to secure victory at IndyCar's flagship race...

IndyCar
May 27, 2021
What will it take to get American drivers in Formula 1? Plus

What will it take to get American drivers in Formula 1?

The FIA says it wants American drivers in Formula 1, but would it take an IndyCar driver to transfer or does an American need to join the European junior ladder system to get there?

Formula 1
May 19, 2021
Why IndyCar is satisfying Grosjean’s appetite for his second life Plus

Why IndyCar is satisfying Grosjean’s appetite for his second life

After spending the majority of his 179-race Formula 1 career in middling to tail-end machinery, Romain Grosjean finds himself once again with an underdog team in IndyCar. While not without its challenges, he's relishing the more level playing field that means his Dale Coyne Racing crew can expect to claim a few scalps...

IndyCar
May 14, 2021
How Herta's aversion to complacency spells bad news for his IndyCar rivals Plus

How Herta's aversion to complacency spells bad news for his IndyCar rivals

Colton Herta's dominant IndyCar win on the streets of St. Petersburg confirmed what rivals have long-suspected - that the second-generation racer is destined for stardom. But it was Herta's comments afterwards that gave perhaps the most interesting insight into a driver that will be around for a long time to come

IndyCar
Apr 29, 2021
How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival? Plus

How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ investigates Palou's potential

IndyCar
Apr 21, 2021
Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans? Plus

Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans?

IndyCar's gold standard teams Ganassi and Penske are set for another slugfest beginning this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. A poor start to the first season with the new aeroscreen left Josef Newgarden with too much ground to make up on Scott Dixon in the title chase, but his strong end to 2020 suggests a battle royale lies ahead...

IndyCar
Apr 16, 2021