Dale Coyne Racing has promoted assistant race engineer Ross Bunnell to a brand new management position as full race engineer for one in every of its two IndyCar Honda-powered entries. He joins Olivier Boisson, who engineered the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda pushed by Santino Ferrucci final season.
It’s unclear whether or not Bunnell, who spent 2018-’19 serving as assistant to Craig Hampson on Sebastien Bourdais’ automotive, and final season as assistant to Eric Cowdin on the Coyne with Group Goh entry piloted by Alex Palou, will likely be assigned to the Coyne-Vasser-Sullivan automotive, or Coyne’s second Honda.
“Ross began with us about 5 years in the past as a knowledge engineer, did an ideal job — most likely the very best we’ve had,” DCR crew supervisor Terry Brown informed RACER. “Labored his method as much as assistant, labored with Craig Hampson, and we have been considering of shifting him up when Craig left on the finish of 2019. I assumed Ross was prepared final season, however Dale wished a veteran for Alex Palou, so we employed Eric. About three races in, Dale stated he thought that Ross was able to change into a full race engineer, and with a gap to fill, Ross was the primary alternative.”
4 candidates are believed to carry the very best probability of driving for Coyne. As RACER wrote in its final two foolish season updates, former Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean holds vital intrigue for the Illinois-based crew. The Frenchman is joined on the quick record by 2017 Coyne driver Ed Jones, 2018 Coyne driver Pietro Fittipaldi, and sequence veteran Charlie Kimball.
Bunnell is predicted to have one of many 4 underneath his care when the delayed season launches in April at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
“He’s an excellent child,” Brown added. “After they have been right here, Michael Cannon and Craig each informed me he was the way forward for Dale Coyne Racing. It feels actually good to take a child who began out with us at step one in engineering, and see him earn his technique to the highest place.”