Santino Ferrucci will enter the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, creating a number of drivers who took three of the top four places in last year’s race.
Ferrucci will drive No. 45 Honda in Indianapolis under the auspices of Hy-Vee. The Midwestern Supermarket chain will also be the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s two IndyCar competitions this season և Associate Sponsor of Rahal Car.
Last year, Takuma Sato won the Indy 500 for RLL, and Rahal finished third. Ferrucci finished fourth for Dale Coyne / Wasser-Sullivan.
“They are definitely trying to push the deck,” Ferrucci said of the RLL’s 105th RLL lineup at the May 30 Best Attractions Tournament. “I do not think they could have created better rows for drivers. This is probably the best opportunity I have in Indianapolis.”
Ferrucci has joined the IndyCar series with four races left in 2018. He ran the last two full seasons on the schedule. He was a newcomer to the Indy 500 in 2019, finishing seventh, behind only RLL cars և last year և runner-up Scott Dixon.
Sponsorships have led Ferrucci to explore this NASA move this season, and he has so far run four races in the Xfinity series, starting with Sam Hunt Racing. He was scheduled to take part in the Martinsville Expressway on Friday night, but instead will take part in an open test at the Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday.
His next Xfinity series race will take place in June at the Pocono Raceway, which gives Ferrucci six weeks to prepare for the Indy 500.
“It was my commitment to Rahal to be 100% committed and fully focused on the Indy 500,” Ferrucci said.
Ferrucci refused to close the door on IndyCar when it started switching to NASCAR և worked all seasons to turn the minimum for the Indy 500. He would be able to add more IndyCar tournaments if given the chance և he is currently hoping to have at least five Xfinity races after Pocono in June.
Her best finish at NASCAR was 13th in Las Vegas, followed by her 15th-place finish in Phoenix, Atlanta. The IndyCar season does not begin until April 18; there are only two oval races, both at Texas Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend.
“I feel like I’m on my feet almost a lot, because my main focus for starting this year is nothing but an oval,” Ferrucci said. “Although it’s a completely different category, a kind of race, literally a different way of life, I just focused so much on working on my oval driving style, my skills. “I think I will be in really good shape for the 500.”
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