Santino Ferrucci made an unexpected IndyCar debut at the Dual in Detroit after Dale Coyne driver Pietro Fittipaldi was involved in an accident at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps during a World Endurance Championship weekend breaking both of his legs.
In race 1 Santino qualified eighteenth and finished twenty second due to being taken out by a hit from behind. The second race he qualified thirteenth and finished twentieth due to having little expirence with IndyCar's handling and traction techniques. But beyond the finishing results Ferrucci showed some promissing speed.
Dale Coyne was so impressed by Ferrucci's performance that he will be fielding a third car for Ferrucci to drive alongside the two he was with Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi at the last two races this season at the road course in Portland, Oregon and the championship round in Sonoma, California.
"I am extremely grateful to Dale and everybody at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this oppurtunity to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar in Portland and Sonoma. I'm also excited to be bringing my long time sponsor Cly-Del onboard 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 said.
Team owner Dale Coyne seemed very encouraged by the upcoming events.
"We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his maturity outside of the race car." Coyne said. "We've had lenghty 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 oppurtunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an IndyCar. We're also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors."
Cly-Del is a manufacturing company based in Santino Ferrucci's home state of Connecticut.
"We are very excited to sponsor Santino Ferrucci and Dale Coyne Racing at the Portland and 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 the CEO of Cly-Del Manufactoring Co.
Santino Ferrucci's first race back with Dale Coyne will be the Grand Prix of Portland from Aug 31 to Sep 2 with an open test session coming thursday Aug 30.
Ferrucci's second race will at Sonoma Raceway from Sep 14 to Sep 16.