Fort Worth, Texas (June 7, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci took part in his first oval qualifying on a 1.5-mile track on Friday at Texas Motorsport Speedway and placed 18th on the grid for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600.
Ferrucci, who was 11th on the combined practice time sheet earlier in the day, registered a first lap of 217.278 mph, followed by a second lap of 216.848 mph for an average two-lap speed of 217.063 mph. While his average speed initially placed him fifth, he would end up on the outside of the ninth row when all cars had made their qualifying runs.
“Our Cly-Del Manufacturing car has been good all day and in practice yesterday,” said Ferrucci. “I don’t know what quite went wrong for us in qualifying today, but we have something much stronger than what our qualifying result shows. The second you go through Turns 1 and 2 the first time, and the car is doing something you’re not quite expecting you just want to hold on and finish your run and keep it in one piece. That’s just what we did. Now there’s nothing we can do but race and I’m confident we have a good race car for tomorrow night.”
The DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway is set to go green on Saturday, June 8 at 7:45pm local (8:45pm ET) and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.