Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi who drives the No.19 Paysafe Honda will start Sunday’s 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma from 13th place having just missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast 12.
The Brazilian set a fastest time of 01:18.5281s and speaking following the session he said:
We had a test on Thursday and practice yesterday and our #19 Paysafe car was competitive on both days. The conditions are always changing here at Sonoma Raceway, especially the wind, it changes direction a lot. Coming into qualifying, we had a lot of tail wind, mostly in the heavy braking zones which made it tricky for everyone. The track temperature was also a lot hotter than the morning, so we knew it was going to be tough. That said, I think we put in a decent qualifying effort, qualifying seventh in our group, so we’ll be starting 13th tomorrow. Our goal was to make it to Round 2 and we were very close in doing so but it just wasn’t our day today. We’re always making progress and now we need to focus on tomorrow and hopefully we can come out of it with another solid top 10 finish.
Santino Ferrucci in the No.39 Cly Del Honda starts the race from 20th place and speaking following the action he said:
“We had a top 6 car for qualifying. I was working a really good lap at the end, but the wind caught me a little off guard and I locked the rears and lost the car going into the last turn and it cost us a shot at the Firestone Fast 12. There’s not much else to say. I want to say thanks to the crew and the team for providing me an awesome car. We will just have to pass a lot more cars than we were hoping to tomorrow. I think our Cly-Del Manufacturing car will be good in the race. It’s going to be about being smart and moving up the field, keeping our head down and making up spots and hopefully a few yellows go our way.”