Bourdais Hoping To Do A Hat-Trick At Home
Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda is looking forward to his home race, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg as the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway this weekend.
The Frenchman who calls St Pete home is hoping that he can take his third win a row having previously won here in 2017 with Dale Coyne Racing and last season with Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing.
Speaking ahead of the race weekend, Bourdais said:
St. Pete is my home race and it is an honor to represent the city during race weekend. My first Indy car race was here in 2003 and I took the pole, but until the last two years, I really didn’t have a lot of success here. It took 15 years, and now I am the two-time defending champion and that feels good. I don’t feel any additional pressure to do well…but it’s nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and have friends and family at the track.” (About the start of the season): “I am looking forward to the start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. I want to thank Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and ‘Sulli’ (James Sullivan) for the opportunity to move forward with the program we started two years ago with the support of Honda. I also want to thank SealMaster and all of our sponsors for their support. This is a small team, but we have proven we can take poles and win races. I think we are now putting together what hopefully is a consistent program that can compete at the highest level.
Satino Ferrucci makes his full-time debut in the NTT IndyCar Series this season in the No.19 David Yurman Honda and speaking ahead of the race he said:
I’m really excited that it’s finally the start of the season, I’ve been waiting six months for this. It’s been a long offseason, everyone at Dale Coyne Racing has been working really hard and I can’t wait to get back into the car. We’ve had some good tests leading up to this first race of the season and I’m looking forward to getting on track in St. Petersburg this week. It will be a new track for me and while I’ve done some simulation work to prepare and having talked to Sebastien (Bourdais) about this circuit that he knows really well, I can’t wait to discover it for myself aboard my No. 19 David Yurman entry