Malukas swooning after first IndyCar test at Barber – RACER

By
By |
David Malukas was giddy after getting his first taste of NTT IndyCar Series power and downforce on Monday. The Indy Lights championship runner-up from Illinois wrapped the test day at Barber Motorsports Park with the fastest lap posted in the morning session, and again in the afternoon when the best times were recorded.
His No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda was everything he’d hoped for, and more.
“Wow, just beautiful, I am in love!” Malukas told RACER. “It’s just a beautiful car. What a beast. I went out and was just shocked by the amount of grip and downforce that it has through these high-speed corners. I’m going through them, thinking that’s the limit, and then I’m like, ‘Oh, no, maybe I could go deeper.’ And I just kept going deeper and deeper. And it’s just holding and holding. I was like, ‘Damn, this thing just has an immense amount of grip.’
“The team at Dale Coyne Racing has been awesome. Everybody there is just so friendly. I already feel like I’m at home. They spoiled me. I mean, I got a water bottle, a fan, just all these little things. They told me they’re here for whatever I need, and it’s just so much for me. So yeah, I’m in love. It’s been a was a wonderful day.”
Malukas is the third Indy Lights graduate to comment in recent weeks on how the top step of the Road To Indy prepared him for a career in IndyCar.
“After a couple of laps, I honestly I felt at home after my first run,” he said. “Everything just felt like I’ve been doing it for such a long time, and it was just a really good feeling to have. I honestly do think Indy Lights is an amazing car to prepare you for IndyCar. It doesn’t drive the same. But if anything, I think the Indy Lights car is harder; it’s a harder learning curve. I think that it’s a good jump to have going into an IndyCar just because in Lights, for that thing to be quick, it’s got to be sideways 24/7.
“So, when you get into an IndyCar with more downforce and bigger tires, you don’t need to be sideways all the time. It really helps, I mean, we got down to our times pretty quick and we’re quickest on the day.”
It didn’t take long for Malukas to catch the IndyCar love bug after rolling the No. 18 DCR Honda through Barber Motorsports Park. Image via IndyCar
Malukas has yet to be confirmed in the No. 18 Honda for 2022, but the 20-year-old is expected to continue with his home state team and prepare for his rookie campaign in the car formerly driven by Ed Jones. With Day 1 complete, Malukas can rest his mind — and worn muscles — until the next test with DCR arrives.
“Coming up to this test, I was dreaming about it every single night about how it’s going to end up,” he said. “By the end of it, I was just starting to lose hairs. I wanted to get going so bad so I could just stop overthinking. Then we go into the day and then have all these debriefs and the reports and plan before you get into the test, and I’m like, wow, this is really official!
“I did my first lap, I was like, ‘OK, this is, it’s still a car, it’s just a bit bigger and a lot better.’ So then that was it. And after my first run, I got the hang of it, I figured out you know, the whole plan to get into neutral and do pitstops and all that. We added some tires in front and behind me just to make the pit entry tighter for me to figure out for when this becomes the real deal. But everything was good. Now I need to go and sleep for, like, four days.”
, , IndyCar
The 2021 season marks Marshall Pruett's 35th year working in the sport. In his role today for RACER, Pruett covers open-wheel and sports car racing as a writer, reporter, photographer, and filmmaker. In his previous career, he served as a mechanic, engineer, and team manager in a variety of series, including IndyCar, IMSA, and World Challenge.
The Week In IndyCar, Oct 29, with Alex Palou
New IndyCar engines to test in early 2022
Lundqvist lands Andretti Autosport IndyCar test
October 29, 2021 5:54 PM ET · By:
Sports Car Club of America has released a proposed technical and class rule set for its new national Enduro program and is looking for (…)
October 29, 2021 5:51 PM ET · By:
It feels like just yesterday I landed in Heathrow, but now here we are, ready to go for the 2021 Formula Ford Festival. The past three (…)
October 29, 2021 4:16 PM ET · By:
Ryan Blaney has been here before. “Here” is the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and the Round of 8. Here being Martinsville Speedway and the (…)
October 29, 2021 2:20 PM ET · By:
The latest recipient of the Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout Scholarship, Connor Zilisch, will make his series debut in the final two rounds of (…)
October 29, 2021 2:00 PM ET · By:
With winners and losers, personalities and politics, setbacks and breakthroughs, there are few things that naturally deliver (…)
October 29, 2021 1:52 PM ET · By:
This edition of The Week In IndyCar guest show features new series champion Alex Palou, using listener-driven comments and questions (…)
October 29, 2021 1:19 PM ET · By:
Meyer Shank Racing’s transition back into the top class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has been quite a ride. “It’s been (…)
October 29, 2021 12:52 PM ET · By:
Austin Hill will move into the Xfinity Series in 2022 as a full-time championship contender with Richard Childress Racing. “Austin Hill (…)
October 29, 2021 11:21 AM ET · By:
The 2021 HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA and the HSR Daytona Historics got off to a fast start at Daytona International Speedway (…)
October 29, 2021 11:11 AM ET · By:
Chevrolet released the first look Friday of its redesigned body shape for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Silverado RST race (…)
‘Accelerating Change’ track day program aims to help women sharpen driving skills
October 28, 2021
Indy Lights set for calendar shifts
October 28, 2021
No head games for Keselowski ahead of Martinsville cutoff
October 28, 2021
Toyota leads opening Bahrain 6H practice; BoP bickering dominates GTE
October 28, 2021
New IndyCar engines to test in early 2022
October 28, 2021
RACER
All contents copyright © 2021, Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form without prior authorization. Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc., 17030 Red Hill Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614, 949.417.6700 Partner of USA Today Sports Digital Properties
Powered by WordPress VIP

source

Book an appointment