Ferrucci to Start 12th at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Salinas, CA (September 21, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci made it to the Fast 12 on Saturday during qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey and will be starting the final round of the NTT IndyCar Series in 12th. After placing sixth…
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Monterey, CA (September 19, 2019) – The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season is coming to an end this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci is hoping to accomplish at least one more feat during the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, that of taking home the IndyCar Rookie of the…
Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci was on his way to another top 10 finish at the Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, but unfortunately for the rookie, an electrical issue aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing car ended his day early, for the first time this season.
Ferrucci, who was starting 14th in what was his 20th NTT IndyCar Series race, avoided a multi-car incident at turn 1 on the opening lap and moved into 12th place. The 19 crew then elected to pit under the caution period which meant that Ferrucci would take the restart from 16th.
The rookie returned to pit lane on Lap 28 from 15th, and with his different pit strategy moved up to sixth before heading back to pit lane on Lap 46. Following the stop, Ferrucci continued in 15th and made his way up to seventh before making his final stop on Lap 75.
While the rookie returned to the track in 12th, he was on his way to a top 10 finish when an electrical issue caused the #19 car to stop on track. Unable to continue in the race, Ferrucci ended up 17th on the final results sheet.
“The day started pretty well as we were able to avoid a massive pile up in Turn 1 at the start,” expressed Ferrucci. “After that, we decided to try a different strategy, but it didn’t quite pan out for us and near the end of the race we had an electrical issue that put an early end to our race. It’s unfortunate, because we were on our way to another Top 10 finish and that puts us in a hard place going into Laguna for the rookie championship. We’ll bounce back and do our best at the season finale in a few weeks.”
With today’s result, Ferrucci moves back to second place in the Rookie of the Year standings, 26 points out of first place. He now also sits 10th in the overall driver championship.
The Dale Coyne Racing team will now have two weekends off from racing before returning to the track for the final round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey takes place September 20 to 22, 2019 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci missed making it into the second round of qualifying aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda by a mere tenth of a second on Saturday at Portland International Raceway. The rookie will be starting the penultimate round of the NTT IndyCar Series in 14th place.
Ferrucci took to the track in the second qualifying group and while he spent most of the 10-minute session in the top six, sitting as high as second at one point, his fastest lap of 57.8476 seconds wasn’t quick enough to allow him to move on to Round 2 of qualifying, in what is a very close field. The top seven drivers in his group were only separated by four tenths of a second.
“Qualifying went well, but we just didn’t have enough in our #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda today,” said Ferrucci. “We’re trying really hard, but the margins are so small here between all cars and we didn’t have what it takes to move into the next round. We’ll start from 14th and just have to pass some cars. Our race cars have normally been good all year, so I’m not too worried about it for tomorrow.”
The Dale Coyne Racing driver currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings by two points and sits ninth in the overall driver Championship with 326 points.
The Grand Prix of Portland is scheduled to go green on Sunday, September 1 and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 3pm ET (Noon local).
With the NTT IndyCar Series taking on Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland this weekend, Dale Coyne Racing Rookie Santino Ferrucci is heading to a track he has previously raced on aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda for only the second time this season.
Ferrucci, who will be making his 20th IndyCar Series start at Portland, first competed on the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course last year with DCR in what was his third IndyCar race. The rookie was having a strong race until a fuel system issue cost him a potential seventh place finish.
The 21-year-old driver is looking to pick up where he left off last year and continue his wave of momentum after picking up a pair of fourth place finishes in the last two events at Pocono Raceway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
So far this season, the rookie has three fourth place finishes and a best starting position of sixth (Gateway). His best road course starting position is 10th (Barber Motorsports Park) and best non-oval finish is ninth (St. Petersburg).
“I’m really looking forward to going back to Portland this weekend for the Grand Prix. I enjoyed racing there last year,” expressed Ferrucci. “We had a solid race car and we had a good race going but unfortunately, we had an issue that cost us a strong finish. I’m confident we’ll have a good car again this time around and hopefully things will go our way. It’s nice to be riding this momentum of back-to-back top five finishes to a track that I’ve been to before. We’ll try to keep it going.”
Thanks to his performance at the previous round, in which he led 97 laps, Ferrucci has taken over the Rookie of the Year standings with a two-point lead. He also sits ninth in the overall standings with 326 points, 170 of which came on oval tracks, placing him fourth amongst all Series drivers when just counting oval points this season.
Ferrucci also continues to lead the series for most laps completed with 1893, from a possible 1897.
Drivers will get two practice sessions on Friday, August 30, with one more practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying later that afternoon. Qualifying can be watched live on NBCSN from 6:00pm ET (3pm local).
The Grand Prix of Portland, the penultimate round of 2019, will go green on Sunday, September 1 and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 3pm ET (Noon local).
All practice sessions will be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold App.
Ferrucci Leads 97 Laps in Bommarito Automotive 500 on way to Fourth Place Finish
Madison, IL (August 24, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci had his best NTT IndyCar Series race weekend so far this season at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday night, once again matching his best finish of the season with a fourth place in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, after leading 97 laps of the 248-lap event.
After starting sixth, the driver of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda moved up to fourth at the start and gained one more position following a Lap 7 restart to take over third place.
Ferrucci remained in third for most of his first stint and entered pit lane on Lap 53 after taking over the lead one lap earlier. Once pit stops had cycled through, following another caution period, the 21-year-old was sitting second behind James Hinchcliffe when the race resumed on Lap 70.
The driver from Woodbury, Connecticut then took over the lead of the race with a pass on Hinchcliffe on Lap 83. He remained in that position until his next pit stop on Lap 115. Once again, after pit stops had cycled through the 22-car field, the rookie would regain the lead on Lap 124.
Ferrucci continued to run in first place until his Lap 188 pit stop. However, he wound up losing some positions following an untimely caution period on Lap 191 and ended up in sixth when the race returned to green on Lap 206.
Not one to shy away from moving up the field, the Dale Coyne Racing driver got by Alexander Rossi for fifth on Lap 210, and then made his way around Josef Newgarden on Lap 212. While the rookie tried to make his way onto the podium, it wasn’t meant to be for Ferrucci who scored his third fourth place finish of the season.
With Saturday night’s result, Ferrucci climbed back into the Top 10 in the overall Championship, into ninth with 326 points, and took the lead in the Rookie of the Year standings by two points.
“I had so much fun leading this race. Having open air like that and being able to run to a pace, run your lines and not have to think about it and just enjoy it. But hats off to our crew. We had a race car, a winning race car. It’s just a little bit unfortunate that we got caught by the yellow,” expressed Ferrucci. “Then at the end, I was racing so hard to get back into the top three. I was really trying to bring home some hardware for the boys. Unfortunately, not everything went our way but I’m happy we came home in fourth and picked up some more points in the Rookie of the Year standings and jumped into the Top 10 in the overall Championship.”
The team will now head straight to Oregon for the Grand Prix of Portland which takes place next weekend, August 30 to September 1, 2019.
Ferrucci Eager to Discover Another Oval Track Plainfield, IL (August 23, 2019) – After matching his best finish of the season last weekend, Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci is carrying momentum into the final oval race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway….
Long Pond, PA (August 18, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci had a great ‘home’ race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, finishing fourth in the rain-shortened ABC Supply 500 after running in the top three for most of the event. With qualifying having been cancelled due to rain on Saturday, the field started…
Lexington, OH (July 28, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing driver Santino Ferrucci had to settle with a 12th place finish aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing car at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, despite showing a great pace throughout the race. The rookie driver, who was starting the 90-lap event in 12th place, couldn’t…
Lexington, OH (July 27, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing driver Santino Ferrucci came up less than three hundredths of a second from making it into Round 2 of qualifying on Saturday and had to settle for 14th place on the starting grid for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
After a strong performance in the morning practice session, in which he ended up fifth quickest, Ferrucci was looking good early on in his Group 2, Round 1 of qualifying.
The driver of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing entry spent most of the 10-minute session in the top six and was sitting third in his qualifying group before heading to pit lane for a fresh set of Firestone Alternate tires (reds) in the final minutes.
Ferrucci went on to register his fastest lap of the session on his seventh and final lap with a time of 1:05.7588. However, moving on to the second round of qualifying was not meant to be for the rookie who ended up seventh in his group, a mere 0.0294 seconds from the top six.
“At this Mid-Ohio track everyone is so close. We just missed it by a bit with our #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda. Unfortunately, we lost a little bit of time everywhere around the track. Also, being a rookie here and not having the chance to really run the Reds yesterday in practice 2 (due to red flags) kind of hurt us today. Had we had more time with them, we would have known to put a little more front wing in it,” explained Ferrucci. “That said, we’ve started there before, and we’ve made some good things happen, so we’ll have to do it again.”
Ferrucci enters his 17th NTT IndyCar Series race sitting second in the Rookie of the Year standings and 12th in the overall driver Championship with 241 points.