Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi in the No.19 Paysafe Honda says he is excited to be returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series for this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course.
The Brazilian who has not raced in the series since braking both his legs in an accident at the Spa Francorchamps circuit earlier this summer had a successful test here last week and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
I was really happy with my first day back in the Paysafe car last week during our evaluation day. It was a big relief for me after two months of just doing a lot of training, physical therapy and working to be healthy and to be able to get back driving. To run my first laps last week was a really big relief because it showed that I was able to do it. I felt good and comfortable in the car and the test day went really well. Mid-Ohio will be my first Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend on a road course and I’m really looking forward to it. I never raced at Mid-Ohio before, but I enjoyed it a lot during the test. It’s a really technical track. I think qualifying is going to be very important because there’s not that many places to overtake. I just can’t wait to be on track again.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda is excited to be getting back on track at Mid-Ohio this weekend following a successful test here last week. The Frenchman commented by saying:
I am looking forward to racing at Mid-Ohio. My results there haven’t been great other than a podium finish in 2014, but I have qualified fairly well recently with a pole in 2014 and third in 2015. It’s a circuit I enjoy with the elevation changes and the flow of the curves that spreads from slow to very fast speeds. Qualifying is key to having a good race because it is difficult to overtake. There are a couple of places you can do it, Turn 4 at the end of the back straight and Turn 2, but being up front, like anywhere, always makes things easier. The SealMaster Honda No. 18 has not had the success we were hoping for so far this season, but we keep working hard and hopefully, we can put up some good results in the last five races of the season,
Paddock Eye would like to thank Sebastien Bourdais’ chief race engineer Craig Hampson for his interview last week – https://paddockeye.ie/2018/07/17/interview-with-craig-hampson-about-tire-technology-in-indycar/