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Ed Jones Qualifies for 105th Indy 500

OUTSTANDING SECOND RUN BY ED JONES IN THE SEALMASTER MACHINE PUTS HIM 11TH ON STARTING GRID FOR  105th RUNNING OF INDIANAPOLIS 500
 
MISSES FAST NINE BY .060 OF A SECOND

Ed Jones Qualifying Summary:

  • On an extremely hot day, it took an outstanding second attempt by Ed Jones in the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda to qualify 11th for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
     
  • Jones went out fifth of the 35 drivers to make their first qualifying attempt earlier in the day and posted a four-lap average speed of 230.246 mph.
     
  • Late in the afternoon, with time running out for qualifying, Jones was sitting 19th on the grid. Several other drivers had attempted to improve their times, most failing and one crashing.
     
  • With the bit in his teeth, Jones produced a gutsy four-lap average of 231.044 mph moving him up eight places on the starting grid, making him the biggest mover of the day.
     
  • Jones produced two laps at over 231 mph and his slowest lap, the fourth came in at 230.535. The four-lap average was just .060 of a second from putting him in the Fast Nine.
     
  • Jones will lineup in the middle of Row 4 for next Sunday’s “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
     

Ed Jones Qualifying Quote:
“It was an up and down day. The first run in qualifying we were very conservative, however the SealMaster team did a fantastic job getting the car prepared for the second attempt. I had a solid run and moved up eight spots to P11. Time now to concentrate back on race prep.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
In four qualifying attempts at the Brickyard, Jones has a best starting position of fourth in 2019. Coincidentally, this year’s 11th place starting spot is the same as when he had his best Indy 500 finish, third, in 2017.

The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be Jones’ 53rd career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.

Jones is 19th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 67 points.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 52 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 6 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, May 30. The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones Unleashes The SealMaster Beast On Fast Friday

RUNS NINTH FASTEST SPEED OF THE DAY

Ed Jones Fast Friday Summary:

  • After spending the first three days of practice for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 working on both qualifying and race setups, Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan unleashed the SealMaster Beast on Fast Friday.
     
  • Ed Jones, and the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda, posted the ninth fastest lap on Fast Friday with a top speed of 231.569 mph putting him ninth on the speed charts. His four-lap average of 230.251 was also the ninth best.
     
  • Jones served notice that he is a contender for the Fast Nine by setting the tone early running his fast lap of the day in his first outing. The lap speed put him at the top of the speed charts for over three hours while the team spent most of the time in the garage. His four-lap average, at the time 230.064 mph, was the third best.
     
  • Jones went out for the second time at approximately 4:00 p.m. and ran a qualifying simulation with a four-lap average of 230.251 mph, sixth best, and holding the third fastest lap. The team was happy with the SealMaster machine and returned to the garage for the day at approximately 4:40 p.m.
     
  • Over the final hour and 20 minutes of practice, when the conditions were much cooler and the track much faster, a couple of drivers were able to overtake his fast lap and four-lap average, with Jones and the Coyne Vasser Sullivan squad opting not to run again.
     
  • Fast Friday is when teams are given additional horsepower, in the case of Honda powered teams an estimated 95 additional HP, in preparation for Saturday’s qualifying for the Indy 500.
     
  • Jones drew No. 5 in the qualifying order of the 35 drivers scheduled to make a qualifying attempt. The early number is important because the track conditions will be cooler than the drivers qualifying later when conditions will be considerably hotter, slowing the cars.
     
  • There will be another practice tomorrow prior to qualifying. The practice will be split into two groups with Group 1 going out from 9:30-10:00 a.m. ET and Group 2 from 10:00-10:30 a.m. ET.
     
  • Qualifying will start at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow and conclude at 5:50 p.m. ET. NBC Network at 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. NBCSN will broadcast live from 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones Fast Friday Quote:
“It was an extremely positive day in the SealMaster Honda. We were great in our qualifying simulations and the SealMaster car was very competitive every time it was on track. We still have a few things we can do to the car to make it even faster. It’s going to be super close tomorrow, however we should have a solid run and a good shot at the Fast Nine.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
Ed Jones will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan entry for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indianapolis 500 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be Jones’ 53rd career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and fourth Indianapolis 500.

He has had some success at the Brickyard. In three previous Indy 500s he has a best starting position of fourth in 2019 and a best finish of third in 2017.

Jones is 19th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 67 points.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 52 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 6 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, May 30. The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.

ED JONES GMR GRAND PRIX RACE RECAP

Ed Jones Race Summary:

  • Ed Jones piloted the No. 18 Mouser Molex-Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan machine, to a 14th place finish in the GMR Grand Prix on the on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in Speedway, Indiana.
     
  • Jones, who qualified a season-high ninth, ran in the top-10 for the first stint of the race getting as high as third.
     
  • During the second stint, which he ran on the black primary tire, his pace declined and he began to lose ground to the leaders.
     
  • He dropped to 14th place where he essentially stayed for the reminder of the race.

Ed Jones Race Quote:
“It was a tough race for us. We made up some positions at the start and then we just didn’t have the pace. Once we put on the black tires, I think that is where we lost all the track position because when we were all on reds (alternate tires) it seems we were similar pace and everyone just stacked up .It was a frustrating day, however there were some positive takeaways from the weekend. We will push forward for the Indy 500.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
Jones earned 16 points today and is now 19th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 67 points.

In four races on the IMS road course he has a best finish of sixth in 2019.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

The 2021 GMR Grand Prix was Jones’ 52nd career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.

In 52 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 6 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, May 30, on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.

Mouser Electronics and Molex to Sponsor No. 18 Coyne Vasser Sullivan at Indy GP

MOUSER ELECTRONICS AND MOLEX
TO BE CO-PRIMARY SPONSORS OF 

NO. 18 DALE COYNE VASSER SULLIVAN 
ENTRY FOR GMR GRAND PRIX

DALLAS, TX – (May 12, 2021) – Vasser Sullivan Racing is excited to announce that Mouser Electronics, Inc. and Molex, LLC will be the primary co-sponsors of the No. 18 Mouser Molex – Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan entry for the GMR Grand Prix. 
 
This is the fourth consecutive year that Mouser and Molex have teamed-up to be co-primary sponsors and the celebration of a 10 year partnership between Mouser and Vasser Sullivan.  
 
Mouser Electronics, the industry’s leading new product introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, and valued supplier Molex are associate sponsors of the Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan team for the entire 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES
 
Mouser first sponsored INDYCAR racing in 2011 as an inventive way to communicate its performance-driven business model and promote the newest technologies. The Mouser and Molex-sponsored car won the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 as well as the 2017 and 2018 series-opening races at St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2018 and 2019 Mouser and Molex were the co-primary sponsors of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan car at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Toronto and in 2020 they sponsored the No. 18 entry at the GMR Grand Prix.
 
The No. 18 entry will be piloted by Ed Jones in the upcoming GMR Grand Prix, May 15 on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
 
Jones is the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third. He is also the 2016 Indy Lights Champion. Jones has made 51 INDYCAR starts earning 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, the third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018. Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.
 
The GMR Grand Prix, Round 5 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.
 
QUOTES: 
Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics’ Vice President Americas Business Development: 
We are absolutely thrilled to be the primary sponsor of the No. 18 car at the GMR Grand Prix,” said Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics’ Vice President, Americas Business Development. “Mouser, Molex, and Vasser Sullivan make an exceptional team, and we look forward to seeing Jones apply his considerable skill to the road course this weekend and the Indy 500’s oval in a couple of weeks.”
 
Fred Bell, Vice President of Global Distribution, Molex:
“We are excited to cheer on the team as the No. 18 car flies Mouser and Molex colors. All of us at Molex are honored to once again team up with Mouser to sponsor the No. 18 car this season. This sponsorship further demonstrates our long-term relationship with Mouser, commitment to our joint customers and driving new innovations in the automotive industry.”
 
James “Sulli” Sullivan, Team co-owner Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan: 
”Mouser and Molex have been a part of the Vasser Sullivan racing family for a decade, and we’re super proud of it.  This partnership is set to be more relevant than it ever has been with the coming hybridization of our IndyCar.  The knowledge and tools Mouser and Molex possess are a big catalyst to our future, these guys are the standard in the industry.” 
 
Ed Jones, Driver No. 18 Mouser Molex – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda: 
“I’m really proud that Mouser and Molex are co-primary sponsors of the No. 18 Coyne Vasser Sullivan entry for the GMR Grand Prix. Mouser and Molex have supported the INDYCAR SERIES for a long time and have supported our team for ten years. The fact that they are taking on the primary role for this race is a huge compliment and I am honored to be piloting the Mouser Molex machine.   
 
About Mouser Electronics Inc.:
Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on New Product Introductions from its leading manufacturer partners. Serving the global electronic design engineer and buyer community, the global distributor’s website, mouser.com, is available in multiple languages and currencies and features more than 5 million products from over 1,100 manufacturer brands. Mouser offers 27 support locations worldwide to provide best-in-class customer service in local language, currency and time zone. The distributor ships to over 630,000 customers in 223 countries/territories from its 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facilities in the Dallas, Texas, metro area. For more information, visit https://www.mouser.com/.
 
About Molex, LLC:
Molex makes a connected world possible by enabling technology that transforms the future and improves lives. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full range of connectivity products, services and solutions for markets that include data communications, medical, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics.
 
About Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan:
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan is led by veteran driver, team owner and successful businessman Dale Coyne, owner of Dale Coyne Racing, and 1996 INDYCAR Champion, Jimmy Vasser and sports marketer James “Sulli” Sullivan, co-owners of Vasser Sullivan Racing. Vasser Sullivan Racing also competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigning two Lexus RC F GT3s. 

Ed Jones Finishes 20th in Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Ed Jones Race Summary:

  • Ed Jones, No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan, finished 20th  in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
     
  • Jones started 21st of the 24 drivers to take the green flag on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit.
     
  • The team pitted early in the race in a strategy move, and along with Jones making numerous on track passes got as high as third.
     
  • Jones ran most of the race in the mid-teens and at one point had legitimately gained seven positions making him the most improved of any driver.
     
  • While working lap 80 of the 100-lap contest, Jones was involved in an incident. By the time the car was restarted and he rejoined the race he was in 20th place where he finished.

Ed Jones Race Quote:
“Our weekend really started with this morning’s warmup when we were eighth. We had issues in all practice sessions and qualifying up until then. Starting as far back as we did for the race, we had to try a few things in an effort to get a positive result. Unfortunately, the gamble didn’t quite work out, and I made a mistake in the end trying to pass a lapped car that was going slow. I made some good moves and we showed good pace, so hopefully we will be strong in the next race,”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
Jones earned 10 points today and is now 19th in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 25 points.

In four races at St. Petersburg, Jones has two top-10 finishes with a best showing of eighth in 2018 (10th in 2017),

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

The 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was Jones’ 49th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.

In his 49 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances Third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Rounds 3 and 4 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the Genesys 300, May 1 and the XPEL 375, May 2 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. The Genesys 300 will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 7:00 p.m. ET. The XPEL 375 will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 5:00 p.m. ET.

ED JONES QUALIFIES FOR FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

Ed Jones Qualifying Summary:

  • Ed Jones qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan entry on the 11th row for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida.
     
  • Jones went out in Group 1 in Round 1 of qualifying and posted the 11th fastest lap in his group of 12 drivers on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit.

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be Jones’ 49th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and fourth on the streets of St. Petersburg.

In three previous races at St. Petersburg, Jones has two top-10 finishes with a best showing of eighth in 2018 (10th in 2017),

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

Jones has made 48 career INDYCAR starts earning 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances Third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

He has qualified in the top-10 seven times in his INDYCAR career with a best starting position of fourth at Detroit Race 2 in 2018 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2019.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Race Broadcast:
Round 2 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, April 25, on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Network beginning at 12:00 noon ET. Green flag is at 12:42 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones pre race notes Barber

ED JONES
NO. 18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE WITH VASSER SULLIVAN
HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Honda Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – April 17-18, 2021
 

Ed Jones Summary:
Ed Jones returns to the NTT IndyCar Series full-time after sitting out the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jones will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan entry in 2021 beginning with the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

Career Statistics
Seasons3Top-Five3
Career Starts47Top-1014
Wins0Poles0
Podium3Laps Led1
Barber Motorsports Park Results
Number of Starts32017 S/F12/20
2019 S/F21/19Best Start11 (2018)
20198 S/F11/16Best Finish16 (2018)

Ed Jones Fast Facts:

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT IndyCar season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

The 2021 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama will be Jones’48th career NTT IndyCar Series start and fourth at Barber Motorsports Park.

In his previous three races at Barber, Jones has a best starting position of 11th in 2018 and a best finish of 16th also in 2018.

Jones has made 47 IndyCar starts earning 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances Third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

He has qualified in the top-10 seven times with a best starting position of fourth at Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
The 17-race 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season opens April 17-18 with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park permanent road course in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Vasser Sullivan Partners with Sports & Entertainment Travel

CONCORD, NC (January 29, 2021)  Vasser Sullivan Racing (VS) announced today an exclusive partnership agreement with Sports & Entertainment Travel, LLC for five (5), open-wheel races and one sportscar event during the 2021 season.

Indianapolis-based Sports & Entertainment Travel, LLC (SET) combines over 50 years of bucket list sporting event fan travel, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access, to bring the ultimate experience to Vasser Sullivan Racing fans across the country.  

Together, Vasser Sullivan and SET, will elevate the fan experience beyond access. From booking to home again, SET is known for handling all the details, to ensure that even race-going novices will feel at home – and cheering for a race team!

2021 Events currently scheduled for the newly revealed SET/VS Experience are:

  • Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, April 23-26
  • Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America, June 17-21
  • Music City Streets of Nashville, August 6-9
  • WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, September 16-20
  • Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (Open-wheel and Sportscar), September 24-27

For more information about the above Fan Travel Packages, click here.

Vasser Sullivan Racing is owned by 1996 IndyCar Champion, Jimmy Vasser, and sports marketer James “Sulli” Sullivan. They campaign two Lexus RC-F entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and co-own the #18 Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan IndyCar competition in the NTT IndyCar Championship. 

·         The No. 18 Team SealMaster- Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan entry will be piloted by Ed Jones for the 2021 season.  

·         The No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 sports car will be piloted by Zach Veach and Frankie Montecalvo 

·         The No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 will be piloted by Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz. 

QUOTES: 

James “Sulli” Sullivan, Co-Owner Vasser Sullivan Racing: 

Vasser Sullivan Racing is looking forward to offering this brand-new experience to our fans everywhere and to bring new fans into the club. We want to thank SET for such a great partnership. We are ready for a successful season!  

Christy Bruce, President Sports & Entertainment Travel LLC:

SET is thrilled to be partnering with Vasser Sullivan Racing to bring this exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience to fans everywhere. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with such a highly regarded team and are looking forward to furthering our footprint in the motorsports industry.

Ed Jones to Drive for Coyne Vasser Sullivan in 2021

PLAINFIELD, IL, (January 27, 2021) – Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan announced today that Ed Jones will drive the No.18 car, co-entered by Dale Coyne Racing and Vasser Sullivan Racing for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.   

The team also announced that, for the fourth consecutive season, the car will carry primary sponsorship support from SealMaster Pavement Products and be entered as the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda.

Jones is the 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third. He is also the 2016 Indy Lights Champion. Jones has made 47 IndyCar starts earning 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, the third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018. Jones, 25, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Quotes: 

Dale Coyne, Team co-owner Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan:

“We’re very happy to have Ed Jones back with us and back in the NTT IndyCar Series this season. We were sad to see him leave after his first time with us but we’ve kept in touch since. Ed had a great rookie season at DCR in 2017, which included our best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500. Now with DCVS, we hope to continue where we left off with him and look forward to a strong season.” 

James “Sulli” Sullivan, Team co-owner Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan: 

“We’re full steam ahead having Ed Jones join us, and taking over the driver responsibilities for the No. 18 Team SealMaster machine. Ed has had some big moments in IndyCar, and we expect you’ll see some big moments with us together in 2021.”  

Ed Jones, Driver No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda: 

“I’m really excited to join the Coyne Vasser Sullivan team for the 2021 NTT IndyCar season. I started my IndyCar career with Dale, Jimmy and Sulli have had much success as owners together, and the combination of Coyne, Vasser Sullivan is a proven team over the last 3 seasons. I’m pumped for the opportunity to drive the #18 SealMaster machine and represent the SealMaster franchisees across the country, this really is the perfect opportunity.”  

Jason Hedlesky, SealMaster Director of Franchise Development: 

“We’ve enjoyed a successful partnership with the team. It’s been great for our brand. Renewing our commitment affords us the opportunity to keep SealMaster in the national spotlight of IndyCar racing, and on its international stage, as well.” 

Ferrucci has Strong Start Early Incident in Firestone GP

Santino Ferrucci Race Summary:

·       Santino Ferrucci had a fantastic start to the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg only to have it end with an early race incident.

·       Ferrucci qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry 18th and started on row nine.

·       He picked up four positions on the opening lap and got as high as ninth when some cars pitted early in a three stop strategy.

·       Following his first pit stop he was hit by another driver causing damage to his car. That was followed by a brush with the wall.

·       His race ended shortly thereafter when, following a restart, the front suspension let go sending the car into the wall damaging it beyond repair.

·       Ferrucci finished 23rd.

·       The Firestone GP of St. Petersburg was original scheduled as the first race of the season, but was rescheduled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Santino Ferrucci Race Quote:

“We had a fantastic start to the race. We had the SealMaster Honda up to 14th, then 13. We just kept racing along. We came out of the pits after a really good, super-fast, pit stop and had contact going into turn four when another car came from the outside and hit us. The contact did slight damage to the car. During the next stint I unfortunately clipped the inside wall. When we went to do the restart the front suspension let go and my car went straight into the wall. Obviously, I’m disappointed about today, however, I want to thank the team for all the hard work and our partners for all their support during this unique season.”

Santino Ferrucci Fast Facts:

·       Ferrucci earned seven points today to finish 13th in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series championship standings with 290 points.

·       Ferrucci finished in the top-10 in five of the 14 races during the 2020 season with a best showing of fourth in the Indianapolis 500, two sixth place finishes, both at Road America, ninth in the GMR Grand Prix and a 10th at St. Louis Race 2.

·       The 2020 season was Ferrucci’s second full NTT IndyCar season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser-Sullivan.

·       The Firestone GP of St. Petersburg was Ferrucci’s 35th career NTT IndyCar Series start and second on the streets of St. Petersburg.

·       In his two starts on the streets of St. Petersburg, Ferrucci has a best qualifying position of 18th this year and a best finish of ninth in 2019.

·       In 35 career IndyCar starts, Ferrucci has four top-five finishes. Fourth in the 2020 Indy 500 and fourth at Texas Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and World Wide Technology Raceway, all in 2019.

·       Ferrucci, 22, is a native of Woodbury, Connecticut. He resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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