St. Petersburg, FL (March 9, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci didn’t have the qualifying session he would have liked on Saturday in St. Petersburg and will be starting the season opening race in 23rd place after causing a red flag in the Round 1 10-minute qualifying session.
Ferrucci, who went out in Group 1 in his #19 David Yurman car, was on a fast lap when a first red flag came out for a car stopped in pit lane two and a half minutes into the session. Due to the stoppage, the rookie was unable to register a lap time.
When the session resumed, Ferrucci was pushing to get the maximum out of the car in the little time left in the session but he would end up sliding into the tire barrier after locking up the brakes heading into Turn 12.
“That’s definitely not how I wanted to start off the season in qualifying here at St Petersburg aboard my #19 David Yurman Honda,” expressed Ferrucci. “I made a rookie mistake going into Turn 12 and ended up in the tire barrier. I feel bad because it not only ruined my qualifying but also Sebastien’s (Bourdais). It’s a long race and we’ll do our best to make our way forward. Sebastien has won from the back here before, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”
Ferrucci will get a final 30-minute practice session on Sunday morning, March 10 ahead of the race which goes green at 1:37pm ET. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 12:30pm ET.