Dale Coyne Racing announced on Tuesday that Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Zachary Claman DeMelo will drive the No.19 Paysafe Honda for next weekend’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The Canadian was given the nod following his impressive performance at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis last weekend.

Speaking about the news, Claman DeMelo said:

“I’m very much looking forward to turning my first laps aboard the #19 Paysafe Indy car on the oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “It’s an iconic venue and I’m extremely fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to drive here. Again, it’s unfortunate that it’s under these circumstances with Pietro’s injuries so I realize how lucky I am to have this chance.

The rookie went on to say:

I want to thank Dale (Coyne) and Paysafe for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to get on track to complete my rookie orientation program.

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place next weekend.

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