St. Petersburg, FL (March 10, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci registered his best NTT IndyCar Series finish on Sunday at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg by moving up 14 positions, the most of anyone in the field, to place ninth in the opening round of the season. After a disappointing qualifying session…
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RESEND: Coyne to run James Davison at 103rd Indianapolis 500 in Partnership with Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi
St. Petersburg, FL (March 8, 2019) – James Davison will be making a return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in May as the team partners with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport, and Belardi Auto Racing to run the #33 car for the Australian driver. Davison last raced for the…
St. Petersburg, FL (March 8, 2019) – James Davison will be making a return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in May as the team partners with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport, and Belardi Auto Racing to run the #33 car for the Australian driver.
Davison last raced for the NTT IndyCar Series team at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 as a replacement driver for Sebastien Bourdais who was out with injuries at the time. In that event, Davison ran amongst the lead pack, led two laps along the way and was running fifth before, unfortunately, being involved in a multi-car incident. The 32-year-old driver has four starts at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including two with DCR.
“I’m enraptured to be rejoining Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd Hollinger Belardi,” expressed Davison. “Dale’s team is special in many ways and I have fond memories driving the #18 and #19 cars at the 500 in the past. We endeavor to recreate our prior success together and can’t wait to get after it.”
With the addition of Davison, DCR will once again be running multiple entries at the Indianapolis 500 with Davison joining full season drivers Sebastien Bourdais (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Racing) and rookie Santino Ferrucci (#19 Dale Coyne Racing).
“We’re very excited to have James (Davison) come back to the team for the Indianapolis 500,” said Team Owner Dale Coyne. “He stepped in last minute for us with hardly any practice as a substitute driver to Sebastien (Bourdais) a couple of years ago and did a great job under the circumstances and showed he has the speed to run with the best of them. We’re also happy to be partnering once again with the Byrd family who have a long history with the Indy 500, as well as Hollinger MotorSport, and we look forward to working with Brian Belardi and his team.”
Davison is not the only one making a return with the Dale Coyne team, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing last partnered up with the Plainfield, Illinois-based squad in 2016 as the primary sponsor on its #18 car and also ran an Indy-only entry for the late Bryan Clauson.
“It was only a matter of time before we formed a partnership with Dale Coyne Racing for the Indianapolis 500 this year,” shared David Byrd, one of the principals of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing. “We’re all connected in one way or another. Both the Byrd family and James have a history with Dale and his team and last year James, Brad (Hollinger) and I partnered with Belardi Auto Racing, so this year’s deal came together very naturally. Dale’s team has had strong runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the last couple of years and we hope to continue that with them.”
Although they’ve made numerous appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy Lights Series’ Freedom 100, this will mark only the second time that Belardi Auto Racing fields a co-entry for the Indianapolis 500, with their first one coming last season, also with Davison, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and Hollinger MotorSport.
“I’m very happy to have Belardi Auto Racing once again part of the Indianapolis 500,” said Team Owner Brian Belardi. “I’m especially excited to be partnering with Dale Coyne Racing, who not only have a lot of experience in IndyCar, but they’ve proven time and time again how competitive their cars are at the Speedway, and I believe that with the great group of partners we have and with James Davison behind the wheel we are setting ourselves up for a very successful month of May at Indianapolis.”
Practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 kicks off on May 14, 2019 with the race going green on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
About Jonathan Byrd Racing:
Jonathan Byrd’s Racing was founded by the late Jonathan Byrd in 1982. In its various forms, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing has successfully fielded 20 entries in the Indianapolis 500 beginning in 1985, scoring 6 top ten finishes, with a best finish of 5th in 2005. A Jonathan Byrd’s Racing car currently holds the all-time Indianapolis 500 1 and 4 lap qualifying records (Luyendyk ’96). Jonathan Byrd’s Racing has won two IndyCar races (Luyendyk – Phoenix ’96, Paul Jr – Texas ’98), along with two United States Auto Club National Midget Championships (’86,’87).”
About Hollinger MotorSport:
Hollinger MotorSport was founded by motorsports executive and enthusiast, Brad Hollinger. Brad is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vibra Healthcare, an American specialty acute care hospital company based in Pennsylvania with over 9,000+ employees and more than 50 locations. Additionally, Brad is a shareholder, board member, and non-executive director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC.
About Belardi Auto Racing:
Belardi Auto Racing is an organization comprised of experienced individuals in the racing industry with an aggressive growth strategy and a strong commitment to finishing up front. No stranger to winning, team members have been achieving success in both the amateur and pro ranks for a decade, winning numerous junior formula car races and championships. Based in Brownsburg, IN, Belardi Auto Racing won the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and has scored multiple race wins in both Indy Lights and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, including the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis and prestigious races like the Long Beach Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Toronto Indy and events at tracks such as the Milwaukee Mile, Pocono, Road America, Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca.
Ferrucci Eager to Kick Off 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Season Plainfield, IL (March 6, 2019) – With its pre-season testing program now in the books, Dale Coyne Racing and rookie driver Santino Ferrucci are ready to kick off the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season this week at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg which takes…
(November 20, 2018) – After making a strong impression in his four IndyCar Series starts this past year, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to Dale Coyne Racing for 2019 to take on his first full season of IndyCar Racing alongside team veteran Sebastien Bourdais.
Ferrucci made his IndyCar debut with DCR in 2018 at the Detroit double header weekend in June and returned to the team in August when he competed in the final two rounds of the season at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.
The rookie qualified a remarkable IndyCar career best of 13th in Race 2 at Detroit and registered his best result of the season at Sonoma when he moved up nine positions to place 11th in the final round of the season despite having to deal with a throttle to fuel system error right from the start.
“I’ve said it before, I’m extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for believing in me and for giving me this opportunity to race a full season in the IndyCar Series,” shared Ferrucci.
“I enjoyed the time I spent with the team this past year in the IndyCar Series and I’m looking forward to doing a full season with them. While I’ll still be considered a rookie, I feel like I’ve already gained valuable experience in IndyCar that will serve me well next season. However, I’m well aware that I still have a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to it.”
While Ferrucci has yet to race on an oval, he did get the opportunity to run on his first oval last month when he completed his rookie orientation at Texas Motor Speedway during a private team test.
“Testing in Texas as a rookie was very fun, Sebastien (Bourdais) gave me a lot of insight of things to look for and to train for. There’s a lot to learn about racing on an oval and I very much look forward to my first oval event being the Indy 500,” concluded Ferrucci.
Ferrucci will be able to maintain his rookie status for the 2019 season and fight for Rookie of the Year honors since he’ll be entering the season with only four career IndyCar Series starts.
“We were very happy with Santino’s performances this season in the races he did with us,” said Team Owner Dale Coyne. “He showed a lot of maturity and the desire to learn and to keep improving. Had it not been for some unfortunate luck at Portland and again at Sonoma, he could have picked up even better results than what he did. We’re very excited to have him back full-time in 2019 and seeing how he continues to grow and perform throughout the season.”
The 2019 IndyCar Series season gets underway on March 10, 2019 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi scored his best Verizon IndyCar Series result of the season thanks to a strong showing on Sunday at the Grand Prix of Portland by taking the checkered flag in ninth place aboard his #19 Paysafe Honda. His teammate, Santino Ferrucci in the #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing car wasn’t as fortunate when a fuel system issue cost him a possible seventh place finish after showing great pace throughout the race.
Both drivers gained positions at the start with Fittipaldi moving up to 12th and Ferrucci 15th. After getting passed by his teammate on Lap 11, Fittipaldi headed to pit lane as the team elected to run a different pit stop strategy by pitting early.
Following his stop, Fittipaldi ran in the back half of the field while Ferrucci was making his way up into the top five. The American driver was sitting third when he entered pit lane on lap 33 for his first scheduled stop and exited right behind his teammate in 16th.
Fittipaldi, who was also running very competitively, then pitted on Lap 42 from 12th just before a yellow flag flew. Ferrucci then took advantage of the caution period to head to pit lane for fuel and a set of Firestone Red tires on Lap 45.
Once the race went back to green on Lap 47, Fittipaldi was running 14th with Ferrucci 19th, and by the time another yellow flag came out 11 laps later, Ferrucci had made his way into eighth with Fittipaldi right behind him.
Both Dale Coyne Racing drivers then made their way forward with the driver of the #19 Paysafe car pitting on Lap 75 from seventh. At the same time, Ferrucci, who was running fourth, encountered some misfortune with a fuel issue that caused him to stop on track.
The #39 Cly-Del car was assisted by the AMR Safety Team and towed back to pit lane where the team fueled the car and sent the rookie back out.
With 30 laps remaining, Fittipaldi stayed in the top 10, fending off current Series Champion Josef Newgarden to cross the finish line in ninth place. Ferrucci would end up 20th on the final results sheet.
Dale Coyne Racing will be back in action in two weeks for the Verizon IndyCar Series finale at Sonoma Raceway on September 16, 2018.
What they have to say:
Dale Coyne, Team Owner, Dale Coyne Racing
“It’s a shame that Santino (Ferrucci) had his fuel problem today because with Sebastien (Bourdais)’s third place finish and Pietro (Fittipaldi)’s ninth, all three of our Dale Coyne Racing cars would have been in the Top 10.”
Pietro Fittipaldi – #19 Paysafe Honda
“The race went really well. The car was very fast all throughout the weekend in practice and qualifying so we knew we had the pace. It’s a tough place to pass here so coming into the race we knew it was going to be about strategy and being consistent and trying to get clean air to get track position and that’s what we did. My whole #19 Paysafe Dale Coyne Racing crew did an amazing job on the pit stops and my engineer Mike Cannon did a great job calling the strategy. I’m really happy with the result. I had issues getting up to speed quickly on the restarts because I couldn’t get the brakes hot enough, so unfortunately, I lost some positions there. I also had no more overtake at the end, so I really had to stand my ground and we did that. I’m really happy with today’s result.”
Santino Ferrucci – #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda
“The #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing car was on rails today. We lost a couple of positions at the start because I had to short cut the chicane, but we made the positions back on the first stint of Reds. We had a long stint and had really good pace. On my third stint we went back out on Reds and we moved up the field again and were fighting for a spot in the Top 5. However, that’s when we had a fuel system issue that cost us a possible Top 10 finish if not better. I feel bad for the guys, but they did an amazing job throughout the whole weekend and I can’t ask for more. We’ll come back stronger in Sonoma.”
The pair of Dale Coyne Racing rookies showed their potential during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portland on Saturday, with Pietro Fittipaldi and Santino Ferrucci respectively placing 16th and 18th on the starting grid of the 25-car field.
Both drivers headed out in Group 2 during Round 1 of qualifying, with Fittipaldi initially moving into first on his second lap of the 1.964-mile circuit aboard his #19 Paysafe machine. He remained in that position until visiting pit lane for a fresh set of Firestone alternate tires following his third qualifying lap. While Fittipaldi moved back up into fourth place with a quickest time of 57.7321 seconds registered on his sixth lap, he would drop to eighth in his group when all cars had taken the checkered.
As for his teammate Ferrucci in the #39 Cly-Del car, he took to the track on Firestone Black tires and placed as high as fifth in his group before heading to pit lane for a set of Firestone Reds. Unfortunately for the rookie, a slower car ahead of him cost him a couple of tenths and a possible place in the Fast 12. His fastest lap time of 57.7735 seconds placed him ninth in his group, behind his fellow rookie teammate.
The green flag will drop on the Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, September 2 at 12:09pm local time and will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 11:30am local time (2:30pm ET). The race can also be heard live on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, including SIRIUS/XM 209/214.
What they have to say:
Pietro Fittipaldi – #19 Paysafe Honda
“It was a tough group but that’s not an excuse. I think the #19 Paysafe car was good. It was good yesterday in practice and Thursday at the test. We’re just missing that last little tenth. I’m happy with the performance of the car and the Dale Coyne Racing team has done a great job. I’m feeling a lot better than at Mid-Ohio, still a little bit of pain, but I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow. It’s a long race and we’ll be pushing to the front.”
Santino Ferrucci – #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda
“We had a great car, but we unfortunately got caught up in some slower traffic and I couldn’t build more of a gap because I had another car behind me. It’s a shame because I think we could have gone a couple of tenths faster with our #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda to make it into the Fast 12. I feel bad for the guys because they’ve done a great job preparing the car but it’s a long race tomorrow and we’ll try to get it up front. I think we have something good for the race.”
DCR Rookies Excited about Grand Prix of Portland Portland, OR (August 30, 2018) – The Dale Coyne Racing team is returning to Portland International Raceway this week for the first time since 2007 to take part in the penultimate round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. The team has made more than 20 visits to the…
Madison, IL (August 25, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi scored his best career Verizon IndyCar Series finish on Saturday night, moving up from the final place on the grid aboard his #19 Paysafe car to finish 11th at Gateway Motorsports Park. With qualifying being canceled on Friday because of inclement weather, the starting lineup…