Canadian rookie Zach Clamen Demelo has been given the yes from the last old school IndyCar team owner Dale Coyne to race in this year's Indy 500 over his Brazilian rookie team mate Pietro Fittipaldi, after Fittipaldi was invovled in a crash in the World Endurance Championship event in Spa, Belgium in which he fractured both of his legs. Surgery has reportedly been successful but Pietro will be out for who knows how long.
Fittipaldi and Clamen Demelo had been scheduled to share the number 19 Dale Coyne Honda through out the season with Clamen Demelo starting the season out in St Petersburg and then Fittipaldi taking duties at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix, AZ. Clamen Demelo would resume driving in the Grand Prix of Alabama with Fittipaldi originally scheduled to part take in the Indy Grand Prix and the Indy 500. This will not be Clamen Demelo's maiden voyage around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as he participated in the 2017 Freedom 100 for the Indy Lights and came home with a 6th place finish with Carlin Racing.
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