Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of double Indianapolis 500 winner and former Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi says he is ready and excited to make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway.
The Brazilian who will drive the No.19 The PaySafe Honda alongside Sebastien Bourdais commented on the upcoming race by saying:
I’m really excited, it’s going to be my first Indy car race and I’m really looking forward to it. We tested at Phoenix earlier this year and it went well. I learned the track and we did several race stints. The races are a lot longer than what I’m used to, so that is going to be new for me. It’s going to be my first oval race in six years. I used to race ovals with late model (stock cars) but this is going to be my first real open-wheel oval race, so I’m really excited. We’ve done a good job in testing and developing the No. 19 Paysafe car. I’ve gotten up to speed with the car and with how things work like pit stops and fuel saving and I feel good heading into the weekend. As for goals and expectations, obviously as a racing driver you want to win every race, but INDYCAR is an extremely competitive series and it’s going to be my first race on an oval with the Indy car and I’m a rookie so I’m going to try and do as many laps as I can, learn as much as I can and at the end of the day I want to try and deliver the best result for the team. That’s the most important part. I can’t wait to get on track.
It has been a wonderful start to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season for Fittipaldi’s team mate Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Dale Coyne/Sullivan/Vasser Honda as the Frenchman took victory in the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and currently leads the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix, Bourdais commented by saying:
Obviously, winning at St. Petersburg to open the season was big. It is always great to start a season with a good result. I am not a big believer in momentum, but the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan SealMaster team knows that if we keep digging and working hard as a group we can achieve the results we want. We did not get as much pre-season testing as some other teams, but we did test at Phoenix with the new aero kits in February. We know there are going to be challenges, but I am confident we can put a competitive car on the track this weekend.