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Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team
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Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

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Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

Some 20 years ago, if you learned that a driver had landed a ride at Dale Coyne Racing, you didn’t know whether to congratulate or commiserate. Coyne had been struggling with mostly pay drivers for several years, and the picture had become muddied. Were the results not coming because DCR couldn’t find good enough drivers in what remained a deep field in Champ Car? Or was the team too cash-poor to grab the right personnel and the best equipment, thereby scaring the better drivers away? No one truly knew which came first – the stunted chicken or the malformed egg.

Coyne missed almost the entire 2001 and ’02 seasons in order to save money, regroup and return, and that opportunity came in ’03. With Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Green Racing now all in the Indy Racing League, Champ Car owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerry Forsythe needed to boost the car count, and Coyne returned. Then, with the grid further thinned in 2004 by the defection of Rahal Letterman Racing and Fernandez Racing, Dale Coyne Racing’s results improved, to the extent that lead driver Oriol Servia delivered not only the team’s second-ever podium, but also 10th place in the championship.

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Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight? Prime

Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight?

With Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up, 2021 could be the year Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet joins the IndyCar elite, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

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Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team Prime

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

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Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed Prime

Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed

Last Friday, Marco Andretti announced he is withdrawing from fulltime IndyCar racing. David Malsher-Lopez explains how this third-gen racer was a puzzle in the car, but a straight shooter off-track.

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Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

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Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car? Prime

Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car?

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indy car game-changer that won three Indy 500s in six years.

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How Newgarden delivered his best season, yet still lost Prime

How Newgarden delivered his best season, yet still lost

Josef Newgarden was our pick as top IndyCar driver of 2020 but his finest season-long run of performances failed to yield the championship. David Malsher-Lopez explains why.

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2020 IndyCar Review and Top 10 drivers of the year Prime

2020 IndyCar Review and Top 10 drivers of the year

David Malsher-Lopez explains how the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series was unlike any other, and why it featured familiar and unfamiliar faces competing for glory.

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How Dixon won his sixth IndyCar title, in his own words Prime

How Dixon won his sixth IndyCar title, in his own words

Chip Ganassi Racing’s newly crowned six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon takes us round by round through his remarkable season. David Malsher-Lopez listens.

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