Ferrucci Riding Wave of Momentum into INDYCAR Streets of Detroit Races
Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci is heading to Belle Isle for the Detroit double-header weekend with great momentum after registering his best NTT IndyCar Series career finish last weekend during his oval debut at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Ferrucci crossed the finish line in seventh after moving up from 23rd 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 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 he’s previously raced in an Indy car. The Woodbury, CT native previously has a best starting position of 13th and a best finish of 20th in two races at Belle Isle.
“After the Indianapolis 500 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 double-header 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. 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.