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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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Qualifying Gamble Doesn’t Pay Off for Claman De Melo in Toronto

Toronto, ON (July 14, 2018) – Mother Nature decided to play a part in qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday with rain mixing things up for the drivers who had practiced in dry conditions all weekend. Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo took a gamble in the changing weather conditions but unfortunately it…

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A Learning Experience for Claman De Melo in Iowa

A Learning Experience for Claman De Melo in Iowa

Newton, IA (July 8, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo, summed up his Iowa Corn 300 as a learning experience on Sunday following the race at Iowa Speedway in which the rookie driver brought his car home in 18th place.

Starting 20th, Claman De Melo had a very strong first stint, climbing all the way up to sixth while turning laps near the leader’s pace. However, following his first pit stop on Lap 80, things started to go downhill for the young Canadian.

As the track gained more and more rubber, Claman De Melo struggled with the handling of his car and fell back to 19th in the field and found himself three laps down by the halfway mark of the race. While he managed to continue fighting with others on track, his chances of moving up the field were slim due to being so many laps down and having done two extra pit stops due to tire issues.

The #19 Paysafe driver continued to push and register good lap times all while taking in important on track experience up until he took the checkered flag in 18th position.

“The first stint was really strong,” shared Claman De Melo. “I thought we were going to stay that way and have a similar run to Texas but as the track gripped up and the rubber got down it didn’t agree with our #19 Paysafe car. I also struggled a bit to follow traffic, where to place my car, so it wasn’t the greatest day, but I learned a lot from it.”

Claman De Melo and the Dale Coyne Racing team will be back in action next weekend in the rookie’s home country of Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto July 13 -15, 2018.

Difficult Qualifying for Claman De Melo in Iowa

Newton, IA (July 7, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing’s rookie, Zachary Claman De Melo, had his first taste of a short oval aboard an Indy car on Saturday during practice and qualifying for the Iowa Corn 300. Unfortunately for the #19 Paysafe driver, it wasn’t the easiest of days as he qualified 20th for Sunday’s race.

While Claman De Melo has prior experience at the 7/8-mile track in an Indy Lights car, he deemed it a completely different experience in an Indy car.

“Today, the #19 Paysafe car isn’t quite going our way. Like in Texas, we didn’t have a great qualifying, but we were there in the race and that’s kind of the plan for here as well. It’s much different here in an Indy car versus an Indy Lights car. It’s probably the place where I’ve felt the biggest difference so I’m trying to wrap my head around everything and trying to figure out how to work the car here. It’s a bumpy track so it’s difficult to run both the high and low line, you just have to find a spot that works for you. It’s also tough to follow here, so we’ll see how tomorrow goes and hope for the best.”

During his two-lap qualifying, the rookie registered a first lap of 174.911 mph with a second lap of 173.771 mph for a two-lap average of 174.339 mph.

The Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Sunday, July 8 with at 1:40pmlocal time green flag. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 1:00pm local time (2:00pm ET). and can also be followed live on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, including SIRIUS/XM 209/214.

Claman De Melo Hoping for Better Oval Luck in Iowa

Claman De Melo Hoping for Better Oval Luck in Iowa

Newton, IA (July 6, 2018) – Zachary Claman De Melo will once again be taking on an oval at which he has no prior Indy car experience at this weekend when he and his Dale Coyne Racing team head to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300. However, that lack of experience hasn’t stopped him from putting in some strong performances aboard his #19 Paysafe car in his first two IndyCar oval events. The rookie looks to do the same in Iowa but with a better outcome.

Claman De Melo made his IndyCar oval debut at Indianapolis earlier this year and was on his way to a possible top-10 when a fuel strategy gamble didn’t pay off, then in Texas he was taken out of the race through no fault of his own when making a pass for sixth place after a strong run to the front of the field.

With a 19th place finish at Indy and a 17th at Texas, the driver of the #19 Paysafe car is hoping that the third time’s a charm and that the bad luck he’s been facing is now behind him as he enters what is his last scheduled oval race this season.

While Claman De Melo’s IndyCar oval starts were both on superspeedways, this will be his first race on a short oval with the Iowa Speedway track measuring in at 7/8-mile (0.875). The Canadian driver has prior experience at Iowa Speedway in Indy Lights, with his best result coming last season when he finished sixth after starting second.

“I raced at Iowa in the Indy Lights Series the last couple of years so I’m familiar with the track,” said Claman De Melo. “It’s certainly an interesting oval with it being so short. I’m not sure what to expect as I have not driven an Indy car there yet but I’m confident my #19 Paysafe Dale Coyne Racing team will once again give me a good car this weekend and we can bounce back from our difficult weekend at Road America two weeks ago.”

Claman De Melo will get a one-hour practice session on Saturday, July 7 at 10:15am local time (11:15am ET) before heading into qualifying later that day at 2:30pm local time. He’ll then get a final one-hour practice at 5:45pm local time. Both practice sessions will be streamed live on racecontrol.indycar.com with qualifying being broadcast live on NBCSN.

The Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway will go green on Sunday, July 8 at 1:40pm local time and will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 1:00pm local time (2:00pm ET) on Sunday, July 8. The race can also be followed live on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, including SIRIUS/XM 209/214.

Bad Luck for Claman De Melo at Road America

Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo was having a good race at the Kohler Grand Prix on Sunday when an unfortunate electrical issue with the engine caused him to lose positions and cross the finish line in 21st.

After starting 17th, the #19 Paysafe driver fell to 21st in the opening laps after losing a few positions following a mistake at the end of his first lap. While he remained near the rear of the field during his first stint, moving up during pit stops, he would then climb as high as 13th during his second stint.

However, after a promising stint, bad luck hit with about 10 laps remaining when he encountered his issue during his final stint while running 14th.  The problem cost him precious lap time and he would fall through the field before taking the checkered.

“I had a decent start, but I made a mistake at the end of the first lap and that put us back,” said Claman De Melo. “We just kind of stayed where we were for the first stint.  Our pace was much better in the middle of the race and things were looking good as we were heading into the final stint, but then unfortunately we had an electrical issue with the engine and that cost us at the end.”

Next up for the Dale Coyne Racing team and driver Zachary Claman De Melo will be the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on July 8.

Claman De Melo Disappointed with Road America Qualifying

Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo was hoping for a better outcome aboard his #19 Paysafe machine during qualifying for the Kohler Grand Prix on Saturday, as the rookie had to settle for a 17th place on the grid of a very competitive Verizon IndyCar Series field.

Taking to the track in Group 1, Claman De Melo started the 12-minute qualifying session on Firestone Red tires. Things looked good early on as he immediately jumped to second on his first lap and then went to third on his second lap, before heading to pit lane for a fresh set of Firestone Reds.

The Canadian registered his fastest time of 1:44.0189 on his fifth lap around the 4-mile, 14-turn track completing his lap just as the checkered flag waved. While his time initially placed him seventh in his group, he would end up ninth when all the cars had taken the checkered, only three tenths of a second from moving on to the second round of qualifying.

“It’s so competitive out there,” expressed Claman De Melo. “I thought we had a really good chance at doing better in qualifying, but we ended up on the wrong end of the timing sheet. We just missed making it to the second round by a few tenths so that’s a bit disappointing. That said, tomorrow is a long race and a lot can happen. I’m confident we can move up the field and get that good result we’ve been chasing the last few races.”

The Kohler Grand Prix at Road America, the tenth round of the season, will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 12:30pm ET on Sunday, June 24 with the race also being broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, including SIRIUS/XM 209/214.

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