Dayle Coyne Racing


* IndyCar/Champ Car competitor since 1984
* Team known for developing rookie drivers including Paul Tracy, Buddy Lazier, Roberto Moreno, Alex Barron, and Mario Moraes
* Finished ninth in 2009 IndyCar® Series
* Recorded seven top-10 finishes in 2009 IndyCar Series
* First win for team in 2009 at Watkins Glen

Dale Coyne Racing

Dale Coyne Racing is a long-standing staple in open-wheel racing. Starting in 1984 as a driver and owner, Dale Coyne ran several seasons of IndyCar races. Coyne was Rookie of the Year at both the Michigan and Pocono 500s.

Stepping out of the cockpit in 1990, Coyne turned his talents to the tutelage of several up-and-coming drivers. From Dean Hall in 1990 to Paul Tracy in 1991 and beyond, Coyne’s ability to recruit and coach drivers has shown well for drivers who have competed with this seasoned team.

Prior to making the transition to the IndyCar Series in 2008, the team competed in the Champ Car World Series with drivers such as Oriol Servia, Cristiano da Matta, Katherine Legge, and Bruno Junqueira. In 2008, Dale Coyne Racing fielded two cars in the new combined IndyCar and Champ Car series. Drivers Bruno Junqueira and Mario Moraes recorded five top-10 finishes and both drivers led several laps at the famed Indianapolis 500.

The team celebrated its first win in 2009 at Watkins Glen. Overall, the team finished ninth in the 2009 IndyCar Series, with seven top-10 finishes.

Dale Coyne Racing is based in Plainfield, IL, and considers nearby Chicagoland Speedway its home track.

Dale Coyne Biography

Birthdate: July 8, 1954
Birthplace: Minooka, IL
Residence: Plainfield, IL
Status: Married to Gail
Years as an Owner: 27

Dale Coyne is a true racer with a long history in IndyCar racing. As a driver and owner for five years, and a team owner since 1990, he has more than 25 years of experience in open-wheel racing. Mr. Coyne is highly respected by his peers.

He was the only Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) owner to serve on the CART board and United States Auto Club board at the same time in the 1990s. Coyne also was picked by his fellow owners to be the interim CEO of CART in 1994 and 1995. The next step for this Midwestern entrepreneur was designing and building Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL. This state-of-the-art drag racing facility drew the attention of Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George. George and Coyne, along with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), expanded the facility by forming a partnership and building Chicagoland Speedway. Coyne served as president of the facility through its construction and opening season and, along with George, served on its management committee until its eventual buyout by ISC in 2007.

Having once coached such notable drivers as Paul Tracy and Michael Jourdain, Jr., Mr. Coyne is known for taking on young drivers and mentoring them in the early stages of their careers. Coyne’s breakout season, however, happened in 2007 with veteran driver Bruno Junqueira. During that season, Junqueira drove Dale Coyne Racing to three consecutive podium finishes including a second-place finish in Belgium.

Justin Wilson drove for the team in 2009 and lead the team to their first win at Watkins Glen. Overall the team finished ninth in the 2009 IndyCar Series Championship.


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