Lexington, OH (July 28, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing driver Santino Ferrucci had to settle with a 12th place finish aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing car at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, despite showing a great pace throughout the race.
The rookie driver, who was starting the 90-lap event in 12th place, couldn’t avoid a first lap incident in front of him right at the start of the race and suffered damage to his front wing. While he was able to continue racing with the damage, he had fallen to 16th by the end of the first lap.
From then on, the driver from Woodbury, Connecticut slowly made his way back up the field. Thanks to his strong pace and other cars pitting earlier than him, he was sitting in fifth place when he made his initial pit stop at the end of Lap 27.
Ferrucci exited the pits in 13th and the team then elected to next pit out of sequence and had the rookie enter pit lane from 12th position for his second stop at the end of Lap 37.
The 21-year-old driver continued in that same position following his stop, and despite making it all the way back up to third before his final trip to pit lane on Lap 65, he would remain in 12th for the majority of the remaining 25 laps.
“The race started well but I got caught up in an incident in front of me. I couldn’t stop in time and I just drove right into the back of Sato’s car,” said Ferrucci. “Unfortunately, we lost a lot of spots because of that and we broke the front wing. The car was still drivable despite the damage but driving 90 laps around this track with a broken front wing was a challenge. At the end of the day, I think we raced really well to come back to 12th. The team did a great job and our pit stops were really good. Now I can look forward to my home race in a few weeks.”
The team will now get a couple of weekends away from the race track and return to action for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 18, 2019.