Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi in the No.19 PaySafe Honda endured a tough opening race to his Verizon IndyCar Series career as he was forced to retire from the race having hit the wall during the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway on Saturday night.

The Brazilian hit turbulent air between turn 3 and 4 due to cars in front of him causing him to drift into the wall.

Speaking following the race, Fittipaldi commented by saying:

We were running well, but then I caught a group of cars as I ran a bit hard. There was a lot of turbulence, and with that group of cars I wasn’t expecting that much difference, and the Paysafe car just went away from me. Once you get in the gray, you just go straight into the wall. “I’m disappointed for everyone at Dale Coyne Racing. The team has done a good job, I wish I could have given them a better result, but it definitely was a learning experience.

Fittipaldi will be back in the No.19 PaySafe Honda next month for both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Zachary Claman DeMelo will be in the car for the next two races in Long Beach and at Barber Motorsports Park.

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