COYNE - Detroit Preview


Ferrucci Riding Wave
of Momentum into Detroit

Detroit, MI (May 31, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci is heading to Belle Isle for the Detroit doubleheader weekend with loads of momentum after registering his best NTT IndyCar Series career finish last weekend in his oval debut at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Ferrucci crossed the finish line in seventh place after moving up from his 23rd spot on the grid. His impressive performance behind the wheel of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda earned him the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award and moved him atop the rookie standings with 129 points. 

The rookie is looking to maintain and build on that lead this weekend at the 2.35-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit on Detroit's Belle Isle. 

Ferrucci made his Series debut last season with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit and for the first time will be returning to a track that he’s previously raced on aboard an Indy car. The Woodbury, Connecticut native has a best starting position of 13th and a best finish of 20th in two races at Belle Isle.

"After picking up my best career finish in the NTT IndyCar Series as a rookie at the Indianapolis 500 last weekend, I can't wait to head to Detroit this weekend, to a track that I've actually raced at before, where I made my Series debut last year,” said Ferrucci, who celebrates his 21st birthday today. “We're carrying momentum from our last two races and we were fast in Detroit last year, so I don't see why we can't continue our top 10 progress. I'm really looking forward to the doubleheader weekend."

Ferrucci and his fellow NTT IndyCar Series drivers will get two practice sessions on Friday. Qualifying for Race 1 will take place Saturday, June 1 at 10:45am with Race 1 going green at 3:50pm later that afternoon. Qualifying for Race 2 is scheduled for the same time on Sunday, June 2 with the race also going green at 3:50pm. Both races will be broadcast live on NBC.

Tom Beeler

Tom has been a contributor to RIS since 1992, and has covered IndyCar, Formula 1, NASCAR, Grand-Am, ALMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition to his RIS work, Tom has been a contributor for General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and the ACO.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 11:21 AM, 05.31.2019