TORONTO – Dale Coyne Racing was strong in the second and final practice session on Friday afternoon, as both cars were on pace in the top half of the speed charts yesterday. On Saturday though, they both backed that up with advancing out of the first round of qualifying.
Both Conor Daly and Luca Filippi made it out of the opening round of qualifying on Saturday afternoon at the 1.755-mile Toronto street circuit, as they were even strong in the second round as well.
Both just barely missed out of making the Firestone Fast Six, as Daly will roll off seventh and Filippi 11th in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (2:30 pm ET/CNBC/IndyCar Radio).
For Daly, it was his second top 10 start in the last three races while it was Filippi’s best start of the season as he started 16th in both St. Pete and Phoenix and 12th in both Long Beach and Barber.
But, those were the last four times Filippi was in the car, as he’s missed the last two months while Gabby Chaves replaced him.
The Italian is back this weekend and has the most confidence as ever, as he has a fast race car and finished second in this very race with Ed Carpenter Racing a year ago.
Now, both Coyne drivers are up front and don’t have very far to go, as it’s not a stretch to think both could not only contend for top 10’s tomorrow, but both could be in the top five too.
Coyne is very good on street courses, and he doesn’t need some fluke pit strategy to get his guys up front. They’re already there.