Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Dale Coyne said he was very happy with the performance of his two young drivers, Santino Ferrucci in the No.39 Cly Del Honda and Pietro Fittipaldi in the No.19 Paysafe Honda.
Speaking following Sunday’s Grand Prix of Sonoma, Coyne said:
I’m very pleased with the performance of these two young rookies, “Fittipaldi comes here with a strong resume and showed he deserves to be in IndyCar. Ferrucci has been a pleasant surprise all year. In what should have been two top-10 weekends, these last two races, he has more than shown his skill and professionalism at this level.”
Santino Ferrucci finished the race in 11th place having come through the field from 20th place and speaking following the race he said:
“That was probably the most difficult race of my career. I can’t thank my #39 Cly-Del crew enough for giving us what was an unbelievable race car. We drove 85 laps with a throttle to fuel system error that not only made us use excessive fuel, but I also had to figure out how to ‘re-drive’ the car using the clutch in the slow corners because the engine wouldn’t idle. The team also did an awesome job with the pit stops, I really wish we got that top 10 but this felt like a bit of a win for us today.”
Pietro Fittipaldi in the No.19 Paysafe Honda came home in 16th place and speaking following the race he said:
“I’m disappointed with our result. Our #19 Paysafe car was fast, we were running in the top eight at one point, but we just pitted too early and we had to save fuel until the end of the race. We lost a lot of positions because of that. We had to go with our biggest fuel save number, so that was unfortunate, but I also gained more experience in fuel saving. We still finished, but I think we had a car to finish in the top 10 today if things had gone differently.”