INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 28, 2023) – David Malukas (#18 HMD Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) had to put an early end to his Indianapolis 500 after completing 160 of the 200 laps due to contact with another competitor.
- Malukas ran strong in his opening stints and throughout the race, gaining some positions and staying out trouble for more than three quarters of the event.
- The sophomore driver ran as high as fourth at one point as pit stops cycled through.
- Everything was going to plan for Malukas until contact with another competitor sent him to pit lane with an ill-handling car on Lap 160.
- While the team repaired a right front toe-link the damage was more severe than anticipated and the team had to call it a day.
- The #18 HMD driver did achieve the fastest lap of the race on Lap 136 with a speed of 226.021 mph
- The Dale Coyne Racing with HMD team will be back in action next weekend for the Detroit Grand Prix, on June 4 on the new street circuit in downtown Detroit.
David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish the race today because of contact with (Agustin) Canapino, after he turned down on me. It’s unfortunate as things could have gotten interesting with all the yellows at the end. It was a bit of a race of survival as it was hard to pass and move up the field. Another tough weekend in the books, which is surprising for us because we’re normally quite impressive on the ovals with this team, we did have the fastest race lap, so I guess that is a positive to take away from this event. We’re having a rough period in the season and hopefully we can turn that around next week in Detroit.”