Claman DeMelo To Replace Fittipaldi In No. 19 Honda For Coyne For Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – After his strong performance at last weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, Zachary Claman De Melo is returning to the seat of the No. 19 Paysafe car this week, making his Verizon IndyCar Series oval debut at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The rookie will be amongst the 35 drivers vying for a spot in the field of 33 cars that get to compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

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Pietro Fittipaldi’s Status For Indy Likely Out After Injury Suffered In Sports Car Crash

INDIANAPOLIS – Rookie Pietro Fittipaldi was originally slated to run both Verizon IndyCar Series races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May. Unfortunately, it looks like he won’t be racing in either. Fittipaldi, crashed in Spa in qualifying  for this weekend’s sports car race at the Belgium road course on Friday and reports from Europe are that he broke both of his legs. A statement from the WEC, the series that he was making first career start in, said that the DragonSpeed LMP1 driver was helicoptered to hospital in Liege with…

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5 Sleepers To Watch for Saturday Night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

AVONDALE, AZ – The second race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season is upon us. If Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) is anything like we saw at St. Pete, or even through all the practices and qualifying thus far, it could be very unpredictable. While picking five favorites is hard enough, try five sleepers.   The field is so deep and so talented, anyone can win on any given day. But, these five, four of which rookies, could earn trips to…

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Fittipaldi Earns Top 10 Starting Spot In 1st Career INDYCAR Start

AVONDALE, AZ – His grandfather won 22 Verizon IndyCar Series races in his heyday. Two of those 22 were in the prestigious Indianapolis 500. Now, Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, will make his INDYCAR debut on Saturday night at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Fittipaldi, has impressed in his limited time in the cockpit, testing a few times in the offseason. He was quick in all his opportunities too, including at Phoenix back in February. 

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Dale Coyne Racing Confirms No. 19 Honda Drivers, Races They’ll Contest In

INDIANAPOLIS – Leading global payments provider, Paysafe will become the primary and naming sponsor of the Dale Coyne Racing entry that will be shared by Canadian Zach Claman De Melo and Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Following a successful partnership with De Melo at the season ending event in Sonoma in 2017, Paysafe has agreed to partner with Dale Coyne Racing to provide continued sponsorship to the young Canadian as its primary brand ambassador as well as extend its support to his Brazilian teammate, and up…

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Pietro Fittipaldi Earns Coyne Test at Sonoma, Moves Closer To Shared Seat For 2018 Season

Last week I wrote how Dale Coyne Racing was close to announcing the drivers that will contest the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season in their No. 19 Honda. We already knew that Sebastien Bourdais would be back in the No. 18 entry, but with Ed Jones’ abrupt departure last October to leave for Chip Ganassi Racing to replace Tony Kanaan for the upcoming season, the team was left with a void in their second car. Zachary Claman DeMelo got the nod to test in it at Sebring, but Fittipaldi also…

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Emerson Fittipaldi’s Grandson Pietro Fittipaldi Test For Dale Coyne Racing on Thursday

Some Verizon IndyCar Series teams loaded up and headed south this week to take part in a two-day test in Sebring. Wednesday, was the big test with most of the cars taking to the Central Florida road course for a full days work. On Thursday though, a few of the team stayed behind and worked some more. One of those was Dale Coyne Racing. On Wednesday, DCR tested Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No. 19 Honda. He was the first driver to get the nod in the open seat. But,…

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