PLAINFIELD, Ill. – American Santino Ferrucci will return to Dale Coyne Racing next year for a full season in the IndyCar Series alongside veteran Sebastien Bourdais.
Ferrucci made his IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne Racing this year during the Detroit double header weekend in June and later returned to the team for the final two races of the year at Portland Int’l Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.
The rookie, who previously was a reserve driver for the Haas F1 Team, finished a season-best 11th in the final race of the season at Sonoma Raceway.
“I’ve said it before, I’m extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for believing in me and for giving me this opportunity to race a full season in the IndyCar Series,” said Ferrucci.
“I enjoyed the time I spent with the team this past year in the IndyCar Series and I’m looking forward to doing a full season with them. While I’ll still be considered a rookie, I feel like I’ve already gained valuable experience in IndyCar that will serve me well next season. However, I’m well aware that I still have a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to it.”
While Ferrucci has yet to race on an oval, he did get the opportunity to make his first laps on an oval last month when he completed his rookie orientation at Texas Motor Speedway during a private team test.
“Testing in Texas as a rookie was very fun, Sebastien (Bourdais) gave me a lot of insight of things to look for and to train for. There’s a lot to learn about racing on an oval and I very much look forward to my first oval event being the Indy 500,” concluded Ferrucci.
Ferrucci will be able to maintain his rookie status for next season and fight for Rookie of the Year honors since he’ll be entering the season with only four career IndyCar Series starts.
“We were very happy with Santino’s performances this season in the races he did with us,” said Dale Coyne Racing owner Dale Coyne. “He showed a lot of maturity and the desire to learn and to keep improving. Had it not been for some unfortunate luck at Portland and again at Sonoma, he could have picked up even better results than what he did. We’re very excited to have him back full-time in 2019 and seeing how he continues to grow and perform throughout the season.”