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.”
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Ferrucci will be racing alongside teammates Pietro Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais in a third DCR entry sponsored by The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company. Cly-Del, located in Waterbury, Connecticut, is North America’s leader in progressive stamping and deep drawn metal components. The company was founded in 1939 and is fourth generation owned and operated.
“I am extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an Indy car in Portland and Sonoma,” expressed the 20-year-old Ferrucci. “I’m also excited to be bringing my long-time sponsor Cly-Del on board and introducing them to the world of IndyCar racing. I truly enjoyed my time with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit earlier this season and I couldn’t be more excited to be back with them for a couple more races as I look to the future and enter the next chapter of my career.”
Ferrucci made a strong first impression during his first weekend in the IndyCar Series at Detroit in June of this year. The rookie from Woodbury, Connecticut made steady progress in Race 1 in Detroit moving his way up the field when he was hit from behind and taken out of the race. He then continued to show his strengths and gain valuable experience in Race 2 before an early exit from the race in which he qualified a remarkable 13th.
“We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his professionalism and maturity outside of the race car,” shared Team Owner Dale Coyne. “We’ve had lengthy discussions with Santino in the past few months and we’re excited to have him back for the final two rounds of the season. We look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an Indy Car. We’re also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors.”
“We are very excited to sponsor Santino Ferrucci and Dale Coyne Racing at the Portland & Sonoma IndyCar races. Excellence in motorsport requires strong teamwork, precision engineering, and quality execution. These have been our core values at Cly-Del for the last 79 years, making this partnership an outstanding fit. We wish the team well and hope to see more great racing from the series,” said Bob Garthwait Jr. CEO of The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company.
After making his IndyCar debut on a street course, Ferrucci will get his first taste of an Indy car on a road course when he takes to the track at Portland International Raceway during an Open Test on Thursday, August 30th ahead of the race weekend.
The Grand Prix of Portland takes place on Sunday, September 2nd with the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma scheduled for Sunday, September 16th.
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