Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing announced on Thursday that Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi who made his NTT IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne in 2017 is to return to the team in 2021.
Fittipaldi will share the No.51 Honda with Romain Grosjean. The highly rated Brazilian will compete in all oval events including the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.
Speaking following the announcement, Fittipaldi said:
I’m very happy to be racing the ovals this season in the No. 51 car for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR. “I’m especially excited for the Indianapolis 500. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to race in the Indy 500. All of Dale’s cars were competitive there last year and the last few years, and we’re looking to do the same this year.
Speaking about teaming up with Romain Grosjean again following their spell together at the Haas F1 Team, Fittipaldi said:
I’m also very happy to be sharing the car with Romain (Grosjean). He’s a good friend of mine. Over the years at Haas F1 we’ve become friends and it’s great to be teammates with him again,” “Coincidentally the No. 51 is the same number I used in my Formula 1 debut last year so it’s a nice coincidence to have. I’ve worked with some of the guys at Dale Coyne Racing in the past so I’m happy to be working with them once again. I’m sure we’ll able to do great things. I’m really looking forward to it!”
Team owner Dale Coyne said:
We enjoyed working with Pietro in 2018, it’s unfortunate that his season was shorter than planned, so it’s great to be able to give him another chance to do some races in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and that he has another chance to participate in the Indy 500 and fulfill one of his childhood dreams. We look forward to seeing him share our #51 entry alongside his former Haas F1 teammate Romain Grosjean, it gives us a strong line up for our full-time entry,