Dale Coyne Racing has been fined by IndyCar for a pair of technical infractions involving Columbian driver Carlos Huertas's winning No. 18 Verizon car during the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race 1 held at Houston's NRG Park this past Saturday (June 28th).
According to officials, the car was found in violation of Rule 14.7.2 involving fuel capacity, as well as Rule 126.96.36.199 involving the height of the rear wing. The infractions, however, did not have any impact on the order of finish for the race, although Dale Coyne found itself hit with fines totaling $10,000 - $5,000 for each. The team will be permitted to issue ask for a review of the judgment against it, and appeal to have the penalties dropped according to certain procedures as outlined in the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
This is Huertas first year driving for Dale Coyne Racing, which signed him after it was originally announced that he would test an IndyCar Series car for Panther Racing during the 2014 season.
Born June 22, 1991 in Bogata, the 23-year old has been racing since 2007, beginning with driving in Formula BMWUK for Räikkönen Robertson Racing where he finished 13th. He also finished 5th in the World Final race that year before moving on to compete in the FBMW Europe series in 2008 for the same team, followed by the British Formula Three Championship in 2009, ending the season with 2 podium finishes and 7th in point standings, not to mention a 12th place finish in the Macau Grand Prix. Although he dropped in points during 2010, he did achieve 4 podium finishes, although he did not achieve his first series win until 2011 after switching to Carlin Motorsports.
2012 saw Huertas move to Formula Renault 3.5 with Fortec Motorsports in 2012, finishing 16th with a season best of 4th place in the season opener, then went back to Carlin last year, achieving his first victory at Ciudad del Motor de Aragón. His first win in indyCar came at the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston.
2012 saw Huertas move to Formula Renault 3.5 with Fortec Motorsports in 2012, finishing 16th with a season best of 4th place in the season opener, then went back to Carlin last year, achieving his first victory at Ciudad del Motor de Aragón. The 2014 Houston Grand Prix was his first IndyCar win.