The rookie qualified a remarkable IndyCar career best of 13th in Race 2 at Detroit and registered his best result of the season at Sonoma when he moved up nine positions to place 11th in the final round of the season despite having to deal with a throttle to fuel system error right from the start.
Ferrucci, who was starting 20th in the 25-car field, had to fight with a throttle to fuel system error right from the start. The issue caused excessive fuel use throughout the race and it also meant that the rookie had to use the clutch in all the slow corners of the track because the engine wouldn’t idle.
Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote: “We had to play the long game. It was a day where the tire degradation was really high and the stints were long. We pitted early when everybody freaked out with some apparent oil on the track, which I didn’t see. After that it was going to be long stints the rest of the way and the tires were struggling. We just did what we had to do. At the end of the day, it worked out and we finished seventh in the championship, which was the goal today. So I’m really happy with the result. Thanks to the SealMaster guys, thanks to all our sponsors and let’s all do it again next year.”
Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan car, qualified 11th for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Bourdais went out in Group 2 in the first round of qualifying and recorded the sixth fastest lap and therefore advanced to […]
Round 17, the finale of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Grand Prix of Sonoma, September 14-16, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA.. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET. It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.
Both drivers gained positions at the start with Fittipaldi moving up to 12th and Ferrucci 15th. After getting passed by his teammate on Lap 11, Fittipaldi headed to pit lane as the team elected to run a different pit stop strategy by pitting early.
Scoring their first career Mazda Road to Indy victory, Chicago, Illinois based BN Racing had a weekend to remember at Road America. With four drivers across two of the MRTI divisions, BN Racing scored not only their first career victory, but also their second as David Malukas had a dominating weekend in the Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. BN Racing led the charge on both days of competition as UK pilot Toby Sowery made it a 1 – 2 finish chasing Malukas to the checkered flag in both races.
After making his Verizon IndyCar Series oval debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month, Zachary Claman De Melo will be making his first trip to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the DXC Technology 600 as he returns behind the wheel of the #19 Paysafe car.
INDIANAPOLIS – If there’s one thing known following the final practice prior to the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, it’s that no one knows for sure what is going to happen in Sunday’s iconic race.
Series News Speedway, Ind. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver Aaron Telitz will become the first to do the “Carb Day Double” this Friday when he drives in both the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Cooper Tires Freedom 75 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Telitz, who won his first race […]
Team Penske president Tim Cindric realizes that working for Hall of Fame team owner Roger Penske requires an understanding of which man he’s addressing.
Series News SPEEDWAY, Ind. – The star of this season’s “The Bachelor” television reality show, Arie Luyendyk Jr., will give the command to fire the Mazda engines in the crown jewel of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedule – the Freedom 100 – on Friday, May 25, as part of Carb Day activities surrounding […]
(“Recognizing Takuma” is a three-part series for IndyCar.com that records the changes the 41-year-old Japanese driver has experienced since winning the 101st Indianapolis 500 a year ago. This is the final installment. In case you missed them, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 of the series.)
Series News Indy Lights Protagonists O’Ward, Herta Separated by One Point SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Memorial Day weekend is steeped in tradition, especially in Indianapolis where the annual federal holiday held in remembrance of the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces coincides with the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” – the Indianapolis 500. […]
To bump or not to bump.
INDIANAPOLIS – An appreciative Fuzzy Zoeller handed Ed Carpenter a special bottle before they smiled together for a celebratory picture on pit road Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Series News INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – When qualifying begins tomorrow for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, a record 27 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires alumni will be among the field of 35 drivers vying for a coveted spot on the 33-car starting grid. Now more than ever, the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper […]
After getting the call up yesterday to fill in this weekend for his injured teammate Pietro Fittipaldi, Zach Claman De Melo made as much as he could with his limited seat time on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and qualified 19th
Juncos Racing announced today that Alfonso Celis Jr. will move up within the team from the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Celis Jr. will make his official debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series at Road America. Celis Jr. (Mexico City, Mexico) will pilot the No. 32 Chevrolet/Juncos Racing […]
Zachary Claman De Melo will be returning behind the wheel of the #19 Paysafe car sooner than initially planned. The Canadian will be piloting the Dale Coyne Racing entry at this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, replacing the injured Pietro Fittipaldi.