Long Beach, CA (Saturday, April 9, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports rookie David Malukas will be starting his first Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in 19th after taking part in Saturday’s qualifying session for what will be his first race around the historic Long Beach circuit.
Group 1 / Round 1: 10th
Best Lap: 1:06.7925
• Malukas took to the track in Group 1 / Round 1 of qualifying and registered a fastest lap of 1:06.7925 on his sixth lap around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit.
• The rookie spent most of the session in the top six, sitting as high as third at one point, but he would find himself 10th in his group when all was said and done, only a couple tenths from moving to the next round.
• His 19th place on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race is his best road/street course starting position this season.
• So far this year he has a best finish of 11th and a best starting position of 19th, both registered at Texas.
David Malukas #18 HMD Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports
“The Long Beach track is just amazing. From the first sector to the last sector, it’s such a beauty. And I love the hairpin. Qualifying didn’t go as well as we wanted to. The practices weren’t representative of our speed because it was hard to get a clean lap in so we knew the speed was there and we were aiming for a top 10. When we went into qualifying, we did really well on the black tires in the first part of the session but when we switched to the reds we expected them to peak on a certain lap but they didn’t and I think we missed it by one lap and that cost us the two tenths that we really needed to put us in the top six and onto the next round. Overall, I’m still happy. I think our tire strategy going into the race is good. We’ll try to survive, save the tires and see what we can do.”