Plainfield, IL (March 6, 2019) – With its pre-season testing program now in the books, Dale Coyne Racing and rookie driver Santino Ferrucci are ready to kick off the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season this week at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg which takes place from March 8 to 10, 2019.
Ferrucci will be taking on his first full season of Indy car racing this year after competing in four races with the team in 2018. This weekend’s event will mark his first appearance on the streets of St. Petersburg, but his third on an IndyCar Series street circuit, having raced at the double header in Detroit last year.
With less than a handful of IndyCar Races under his belt, the 20-year-old American from Woodbury, Connecticut has retained his rookie status for 2019 and he will be amongst the talented crop of drivers vying for the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition to his races at Detroit, Ferrucci competed at Portland as well as Sonoma where he scored his best IndyCar result with an 11th place finish to cap off the season, giving him plenty of momentum heading into the 2019 campaign.
“I’m really excited that it’s finally the start of the season, I’ve been waiting six months for this,” shared Ferrucci. “It’s been a long off-season, everyone at Dale Coyne Racing has been working really hard and I can’t wait to get back into the car. We’ve had some good tests leading up to this first race of the season and I’m looking forward to getting on track in St. Petersburg this week. It will be a new track for me and while I’ve done some simulation work to prepare and talked to Sebastien (Bourdais) about this circuit that he knows really well, I can’t wait to discover it for myself aboard my #19 David Yurman entry.”
Ferrucci will get his first taste of the St. Petersburg track on Friday morning March 8 when practice gets underway at 10:45am ET. Fans can follow all practice sessions live on the NBC Sports Gold app while qualifying, which takes place on Saturday, March 9 at 2:30pm ET, will be broadcast live on NBCSN.
The opening round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season goes green on Sunday, March 10 at 1:37pm ET and will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 12:30pm ET.