Plainfield, IL (August 23, 2019) – After matching his best finish of the season last weekend, Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci is carrying momentum into the final oval race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
Ferrucci continued his strong run on ovals at the previous round at Pocono Raceway by registering a fourth-place finish, after spending a good portion of the event in the top three. His result matched his best finish picked up at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
In his two other oval events, the rookie has a seventh-place finish at the Indianapolis 500 and a 12th at Iowa Speedway. Ferrucci currently sits fifth in oval standging with 135 points behind seasoned drivers such as Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden.
This weekend will be the 21-year-old’s first time racing at the 1.25-mile uniquely shaped track.
“Gateway is going to be a bit of a similar situation to Pocono Raceway for me, in the sense that I’ve never raced there, I’ve just been a spectator. According to my team boss that’s a good thing because I don’t know any better! We’re riding the momentum from a solid top five finish at Pocono and we just have to keep it up. Keep our head down and have another good race aboard our #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda, stay out of trouble and try to get another strong finish,” shared Ferrucci.
Ferrucci currently sits second in the Rookie of the Year championship, only 13 points away from first place. He is also 12th in the overall standings as he heads into his 19th NTT IndyCar Series race and only fifth oval event.
The Dale Coyne Racing driver, who leads the Series for most laps completed with 1645, will have a one-hour practice session on Friday afternoon (1pm local time) to get familiar with the track before heading into qualifying on Friday evening. Qualifying will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 5:00pm local time (6pm ET).
The 15th race of the 2019 season will be broadcast live on NBCSN on Saturday, August 24 from 7pm local time (8pm ET).
All practice sessions will be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold App.