Former Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi says he is impressed with how his grandson Pietro has come back to the Verizon IndyCar Series after braking his legs in May.

Speaking to the IndyCar website the Brazilian said:

I think everyone was wanting him to come back as soon as possible. “And I think every advice, piece of optimism and motivation helped Pietro maintain his desire to come back.

Fittipaldi who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1989 and 93 went on to say:

A racing driver, his mind is always on recovering and being in condition to drive the car. His mental attitude was very good and his physical preparation was fantastic. He is always very fit. And everybody around, including the team of doctors in Indianapolis, Dr. Terry Trammell, were always giving education to help him, for sure. That helps a lot.

Pietro Fittipaldi finished his opening day at Mid Ohio on Friday in 18th place abd speaking following the action he said:

I’m really happy to be back. It was a long recovery. I worked really hard, but I was surrounded by a great group of people, like Dr. Trammell and the guys at PitFit, who put together a great program for me to get back this fast. I’m definitely ready for the race weekend. We had two practice sessions today and while we struggled a little bit, we know what we have to work on to improve the Paysafe car for tomorrow. We need to focus on qualifying. It’s very important here at Mid-Ohio because it will be key for Sunday’s race result

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