Dale Coyne Racing might need had a status for betting on drivers with questionable abilities over time, however its latest picks have included a driver who wanted a yr with the crew earlier than changing into collection champion, a former Formulation 1 that instantly got here to the fore. and a star rookie now coveted by the very best groups within the collection.
Which means you might want to sit up and concentrate for all the correct causes when signing a driver as of late.
Sting Ray Robb may really feel just like the identify of one in all Coyne’s extra left-handed signings of the previous, however he has all of the makings to impress as has his most up-to-date group of drivers.
The American’s identify is an apparent place to begin in our interview. Is it Sting for brief? Lightning? The place does it come from?
“Sting Ray is my full identify, so I often name myself that and that is how individuals consult with me, however I even have numerous nicknames, simply from my mates who make enjoyable of me or no matter,” Robb. he tells The Race in an unique interview shortly after the information broke that he shall be driving the #51 Rick Ware Racing automotive for Coyne.
“One among my greatest mates, he calls me ‘swordfish,’ as a result of why not? All my stepbrothers name me ‘Jelly’, brief for jellyfish. So it is form of humorous that they are teasing me, enjoying.
“The story goes that my mother and father had been big Corvette followers, in order that they determined to call me the Stingray Corvette.
“However the longer story is that my father’s facet of the household property is from Stirlingshire, Scotland. So Sting is definitely brief for Stirling.
“Each of my grandparents had Ray of their names, one in all them was their first identify, the opposite was their center identify, so we took all of that, mixed it.”
Away from the observe, you will discover the 21-year-old Idaho driver searching, snowboarding and mountaineering indoors, and whereas some younger drivers wrestle to seek out hobbies, it is clear that the quantity Robb accumulates in a day is indicative of a mind that does not do not cease working or a piece ethic that does not falter both. That can make you successful at Coyne.
Making an attempt to foretell how he’ll do in IndyCar is tough. He follows the likes of Kyle Kirkwood and Rinus VeeKay because the 2000 Indy Professional champion (Robb received it in 2020), however he didn’t win Indy Lights in two makes an attempt, which is often a black mark on the document.
Nonetheless, do not decide him too harshly for that. Colton Herta didn’t win Lights on two makes an attempt and is continually linked to an F1 future, and Juncos, the place Robb was in his rookie yr, was not able to compete with collection leaders HMD and Andretti at that stage.
Additionally, driver Robb will take part 2023, David Malukas additionally spent two seasons at Lights and completed second in his ultimate season with HMD, as Robb did final yr after switching to Andretti, and Malukas has been an enormous success in IndyCar. .
Malukas has already been chosen by a few of IndyCar’s largest groups for the long run, and if something, Robb’s junior single-seater resume is extra spectacular than Malukas’s.
“As a result of Dale Coyne is a smaller crew, I believe it permits me to get extra concerned and see every little thing that goes on behind the scenes and get to know the trade a bit higher and extra intimately,” says Robb.
“And I believe it additionally permits them to adapt and alter course quicker than somebody like Ganassi, Penske or Andretti, the place they’ll get misplaced of their sources.
“I believe that is why they’re such a robust crew.
“I believe that is why David did so properly, as a result of they had been in a position to adapt, change and enhance from weekend to weekend they usually can hit the tracks identical to anybody else.
“It is only a matter of how constantly they are going to hit.
“So it was nice to see David accomplish that properly and that provides me hope. It is sensible that that is how I can do it too.”
Following a latest driver pattern, Robb actually loved driving the IndyCar as it’s principally a extra highly effective however way more appropriate machine than the one utilized in Indy Lights.
On the plus facet, conquering the virtually rally fashion of driving required for the Indy Lights automotive is nice preparation for an IndyCar, however on the draw back, it is an excessive fashion that some drivers wrestle to drive in Indy Lights, regardless of to do properly in an IndyCar.
Robb actually benefited from the expertise and was impressed in his latest Coyne check.
“I believe the Indy Lights automotive does a superb job of making ready us for IndyCar,” he says.
“The primary check I had was at Mid Ohio final July with Andretti, I solely had a half day there.
“I keep in mind considering ‘that is an Indy Lights automotive that does what you need it to do.’
“Within the Enlightenment automotive, generally it is a bit unreasonable to drive it, prefer it’s very tough and fairly bodily.
“It is an excellent preparation automotive to organize for an IndyCar as a result of when you’re in IndyCar, you will have numerous instruments to play with. In terms of shocks, anything you can also make it do what you need it to do.
“So it felt extra pure to me to drive the IndyCar than the Indy Lights automotive and I believe that is why I did so properly within the check simply because it is like, ‘oh yeah, that is the place I wish to be, that is the place I really feel. snug’.
“Clearly the speeds and every little thing are increased and I am positive as soon as I get to the ovals will probably be a distinct story.
“However not less than at Sebring, I felt very snug and assured within the automotive. So I might say it fits my driving fashion.”
Utilizing Malukas as a template makes the prospect of Robb coming to IndyCar actually thrilling.
Coyne have developed right into a crew that, whereas they could not repeatedly tackle the larger groups, are able to good outcomes and permit younger drivers to impress.
Takuma Sato struggled to suit into the crew final yr, not less than for those who take outcomes under consideration, and trailed Malukas in factors. Robb having the chance is undoubtedly a extra advantageous resolution for the crew.
It seems to be like Coyne is a good place for brand spanking new and/or younger drivers becoming a member of IndyCar, and Robb is the following thrilling check of that pattern.