Verizon IndyCar Series rookie, Pietro Fittipaldi says he is really excited about making his race debut in the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:

I’m really excited, it’s going to be my first IndyCar 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 also going to be my first oval race in six years. I used to race ovals with late models but this is going to be my first real open-wheel oval event, so I’m really excited.

Fittipaldi, the grandson of double Indianapolis 500 winner and former F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, went on to say:

We’ve done a good job in testing and developing the #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.

Fittipaldi who joins Sebastien Bourdais in the No.19 Paysafe Honda concluded by saying:

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.

Fittipaldi will join the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series grid on track at ISM Raceway on Friday for the opening practice for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix.

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