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DCR Rookies Excited about Grand Prix of Portland

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…

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Pietro Fittipaldi Scores Best Finish of the Season at Gateway

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…

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Early Exit for Fittipaldi at Pocono

Long Pond, PA (August 19, 2018) – Pietro Fittipaldi’s superspeedway debut was short lived when he was involved in a multi-car accident on Lap 7 of the ABC Supply 500 race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday aboard his #19 Paysafe car. After starting 17th, Fittipaldi made his way up to 13th on the start just before…

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Strong Qualifying Run for Fittipaldi at Pocono

Long Pond, PA (August 18, 2018) – Pietro Fittipaldi took part in his first qualifying session on a superspeedway on Saturday at Pocono Raceway, placing his #19 Paysafe car 17th on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. With the qualifying order determined by the reverse points standings, Fittipaldi was the first driver to take to the…

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Ferrucci Returns to DCR For Final Two Rounds of the Season

Long Pond, PA (August 17, 2018) – After a promising Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing earlier this season at the doubleheader weekend in Detroit, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to the team behind the wheel of the #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing car for the final two rounds of the season at Portland and Sonoma.

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.

Pietro Fittipaldi Eager to Make Superspeedway Debut

Plainfield, IL (August 16, 2018) – It took three months longer than planned but Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi will be making his first official appearance on a superspeedway this weekend as the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500, Round 14 of the 2018 season. Fittipaldi was originally scheduled to…

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Fittipaldi Powers Through and Completes First IndyCar Race

Fittipaldi Powers Through and Completes First IndyCar Race
Lexington, OH (July 29, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi made his return to racing action on Sunday at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, 12 weeks after suffering injuries to both his legs during a qualifying incident at a sports car event overseas. Not only was Fittipaldi back behind the wheel so quickly, while still recovering from his injuries, but he achieved his goal of completing his first Verizon IndyCar Series race and that is a small victory in itself for the rookie who placed 23rd in his return to the #19 Paysafe car.

“Obviously I feel tired, it’s my first race back and it’s a tough one at Mid-Ohio, it’s really physically demanding here,” expressed Fittipaldi. “We started the race and we didn’t have that much pace at first in our #19 Paysafe car, so we ended up pitting early and then I had to let the leaders go by, so we lost a lot of time there. That said, I finished the race and that was my goal with my leg still hurting a bit, it’s still healing. I’m sure that by the time we get to our next road course in Portland we’ll be a lot better and I’ll be back at a 100% but I’m happy I was able to come here and finish the race. Now we can focus on our upcoming tests and our next race.”

It wasn’t an easy race for Fittipaldi who was starting 22nd. The rookie fell to 23rd after being passed by his teammate Sebastien Bourdais on Lap 3 and he would stay in that position for the remainder of the race. However, the driver of the #19 Paysafe car picked up valuable experience throughout the caution-free 90-lap event and picked up pace as the race went on closing the gap to the car ahead of him while keeping another behind.

The Dale Coyne Racing team will now take the next two weeks to complete tests at Gateway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, August 1 as well as at Pocono Raceway on Thursday August 9, before heading back to Pocono Raceway for the next round on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, the ABC Supply 500 on August 19, 2018.

Shortened Session Hinders Fittipaldi’s Qualifying Effort

Shortened Session Hinders Fittipaldi’s Qualifying Effort Lexington, OH (July 28, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi took part in his first Verizon IndyCar Series road course qualifying on Saturday for the Honda Indy 200, qualifying 22nd aboard his #19 Paysafe car in what ended up being a shortened session due to a red flag. Unfortunately…

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Pietro Fittipaldi Returns

Plainfield, IL (July 25, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi is returning to Verizon IndyCar Series action this weekend after being sidelined due to leg injuries suffered in a sportscar event in May. Fittipaldi will be back behind the wheel of the #19 Paysafe entry for the remaining five rounds of the season starting with…

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Claman De Melo Moves Up the Field in Toronto

Toronto, ON (July 15, 2018) – It wasn’t an easy race by any means with a difficult track and hot temperatures, but Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo moved up nine positions in the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday to take the checkered flag in 14th place aboard his #19 Paysafe car in his home…

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