Santiago Ferrucci says that he is looking forward to the fantastic opportunity he has been given this weekend as he makes his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit this weekend.
The American, who will drive the No.19 Paysafe Honda commented by saying:
It’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to race the No. 19 Paysafe car with Dale Coyne Racing at Detroit, especially that I’ll be coming off an F2 race in Monaco. The goal is still to be a Formula 1 driver but to be racing in INDYCAR is going to be something special. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s just unfortunate that it’s under the circumstances of Pietro (Fittipaldi)’s injuries, I hope he has a speedy recovery and can come back very soon.
Sebastien Bourdais will be hoping that he can have a strong weekend in Detroit after retiring from the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last weekend.
The Frenchman is currently in eighth place in the series points standings. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s races, Bourdais who drives the No.18 SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan commented by saying:
Roger (Penske) and his staff do a great job putting on the Belle Isle races. The atmosphere, the facility, every year it just gets better and better. The weekend is unique with two races, which is tough on the team, but it’s the same for everyone. Obviously, I have had some success there winning a race the last two times we were there (missed 2017 due to injury), but I haven’t really qualified well. That is something we have to work on because qualifying is so important on that circuit. Unfortunately, Indy didn’t go the way we wanted, but the SealMaster Honda No. 18 team has been pretty strong on the street circuits this year. We just need to keep working hard, keep digging and have two strong performances this weekend if we’re going to get back in the championship race.