Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci in the No.19 Cly Del Manufacturing Honda started Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in St Louis from sixth place and ran up front all night long and led 97 laps of the event coming home in fourth place equaling his best NTT IndyCar Series result of the season to date.
Speaking following the race he said:
I had so much fun leading this race. Having open air like that and being able to run to a pace, run your lines and not have to think about it and just enjoy it. But hats off to our crew. We had a race car, a winning race car. It’s just a little bit unfortunate that we got caught by the yellow,” expressed Ferrucci. “Then at the end, I was racing so hard to get back into the top three. I was really trying to bring home some hardware for the boys. Unfortunately, not everything went our way but I’m happy we came home in fourth and picked up some more points in the Rookie of the Year standings and jumped into the Top 10 in the overall Championship
It was a disappointing day for Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda started the race from second place on the grid and just like his team mate Santino Ferrucci, Bourdais ran up front all night long until he ran out on the marbles and the hit wall on lap 189 forcing him to retire from the race.
Speaking following the event he said:
The No. 18 SealMaster Honda was really on it tonight. It was a perfect weekend and I just couldn’t quite bring the finish. It’s my fault, for sure. We were doing the job on fuel and we were quick enough early on to stay at the front. I got the car down to the apex and it took off. I didn’t expect it. I wasn’t pushing very hard. We were saving fuel. It was really strange. I just hate it for the team. They did such a good job. We had a podium finish in our hands.