Santino Ferrucci who will drive the No.39 Cly-Del Honda for Dale Coyne Racing at the Portland Grand Prix this weekend says he is super excited to be back in the cockpit of a Verizon IndyCar machine.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, the American said:
I’m super excited to be heading to Portland this week and to be getting back behind the wheel of an Indy car with the support from Cly-Del Manufacturing. I’ve been watching the past three INDYCAR races alongside Dale (Coyne) and the team, trying to learn as much as I can, learning what to expect and to have a better understanding of what I can do for the team for the next two races. I’m ready to get back racing. I’ve been watching videos and trying to learn as much as I can about the track before our test day on Thursday, but nothing beats actual track time so I’m really looking forward to being on track this week
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team Gorilla Automotive Products Honda for Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing is the defending Portland winner having taken victory here in 2007 when the CART Series raced here with Newman Haas Lanigan Racing.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, the Frenchman commented by saying:
I am looking forward to going back to Portland. The track is challenging, the fans are knowledgeable and the atmosphere at the track was always fun. I’ve had some success there, and I guess I am the longest defending champion ever since I won the last time we raced there in 2007. Qualifying, as it is on any road course, will be important. Fortunately, we get to test there on Thursday so that is good. I’m just looking forward to getting back on a road course and hopefully having a good race for our sponsor Gorilla Automotive Products.
Pietro Fittipaldi in the No.19 Paysafe Honda is looking forward to the race this weekend saying:
We’ll be back on a road course this weekend at Portland, so I’ll be using my left leg much more again. The bone isn’t 100 percent healed yet. It’s still a little bit broken, but it’s going to be much better than at Mid-Ohio when I first came back. We have a test day on Thursday, which will be a learning day for everyone since the Indy cars haven’t raced there in a while. We’re looking forward to a good week. I’ve always loved road course racing as much as oval racing, so we’ll try and do our best in Portland to have another great race. In preparation for this weekend, I’ve been watching a lot of onboard videos of quick laps and race videos to see what strategy is like, passing points and things like that. It’s important to try and get as many references on the track beforehand so that we can be quick on the first run out.