Dale Coyne Racing announced on Tuesday that following an impressive partial schedule with the team during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Satino Ferrucci will step up to a full-time drive in the series alongside Sebastien Bourdais in 2019.
Speaking about the news, Ferrucci said:
I’ve said it before, I’m extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for believing in me and for giving me this opportunity to race a full season in the IndyCar Series,
Ferrucci went on to say:
I enjoyed the time I spent with the team this past year in the IndyCar Series and I’m looking forward to doing a full season with them. While I’ll still be considered a rookie, I feel like I’ve already gained valuable experience in IndyCar that will serve me well next season. However, I’m well aware that I still have a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to it.
The 20 year old from Connecticut concluded by saying:
Testing in Texas as a rookie was very fun, Sebastien (Bourdais) gave me a lot of insight of things to look for and to train for. There’s a lot to learn about racing on an oval and I very much look forward to my first oval event being the Indy 500,
Team owner Dale Coyne said:
We were very happy with Santino’s performances this season in the races he did with us. “He showed a lot of maturity and the desire to learn and to keep improving. Had it not been for some unfortunate luck at Portland and again at Sonoma, he could have picked up even better results than what he did. We’re very excited to have him back full-time in 2019 and seeing how he continues to grow and perform throughout the season.
Ferrucci will be able to retain his rookie status in 2019, meaning he will be eligible for the 2019 Rookie of the Year award. The American will make his full-time debut in the series at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 10.