Dale Coyne With Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais who drives the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda says it is going to be difficult to race in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend without Robert Wickens.

Bourdais had a great race at Pocono last time out and is hoping that the team can build on this result for the final oval race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Speaking ahead of the race he said:

“Following a pretty successful test in the SealMaster Honda No. 18 at Gateway and a solid result at Pocono, the expectations are fairly high. The last couple of weekends have produced better results (sixth at Mid-Ohio and fourth at Pocono) after some really tough times in June and July. Hopefully, we can carry the momentum through the rest of the season and climb back towards the lead pack in the championship. The hardest part of the weekend will be to go racing without Robert (Wickens) as we all continue to keep hoping for a full recovery.”

Pietro Fittipaldi is looking forward to the race this weekend saying:

We tested at Gateway about two weeks ago in our No. 19 Paysafe car. We had a really good test there. It’s a short oval and I’ve raced on a short oval before so I’m happy that I’ll be arriving with some experience. It’s unfortunate what happened in Pocono. We had a good race car and I wanted to run the whole 500-mile race and pick up as much experience as I could, but I got collected in the accident. But we have to move forward now and focus on Gateway and hopefully, I can come out with a good result on our last oval of the season

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