3 Of The 4 Indy Lights Winners At Road America Are Now Rookies In Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

While a Verizon IndyCar Series is just that, a rookie, out of the five drivers that will be making their first series start this weekend at Road America, three of which have actually not only raced on the 4.014-mile scenic road course before, but they’ve actually visited victory lane too. Last year, Matheus Leist and Zachary Claman DeMelo won both races of the doubleheader weekend in Elkhart Lake. Leist, won the first race for his second career win while finishing fourth in Race No. 2. Claman DeMelo, finished 10th in…

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Rookies Have Solid Indy 500 Outing

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, the Indianapolis 500 rookie class had a ton of attention. “Fernando Mania” had struck the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the popular Spaniard touched down stateside to compete in the world’s biggest race. He had a solid month, qualifying fifth and leading a ton of laps. Unfortunately, his engine would blow before the end of the race. But, another rookie in Ed Jones would finish an impressive third in his Dale Coyne Racing entry. Now, with a rookie class consisting of Robert Wickens, Matheus Leist, Zachary Claman…

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Incredible Qualifying Days For Part-Time Rookies Kaiser and Claman DeMelo In Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – I don’t think many people expected either Verizon IndyCar Series rookie of Kyle Kaiser or Zachary Claman DeMelo to be starting in the top half of the starting lineup for Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Kaiser, had just three career INDYCAR starts under his belt and was running in Juncos Racing’s second Indy 500. Last year, Juncos had two cars in the big race and they started 29th (Spencer Pigot) and 31st (Sebastian Saavedra). Plus, this year there’s a brand new car…

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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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Claman DeMelo To Replace Fittipaldi This Weekend In The INDYCAR Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS – Zachary Claman De Melo will be returning behind the wheel of the No. 19 Paysafe car sooner than initially planned. The Canadian will be piloting the Dale Coyne Racing entry at this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, replacing the injured Pietro Fittipaldi. Fittipaldi was originally scheduled to take part in his second Verizon IndyCar Series race at this weekend’s road course event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, the Brazilian driver has been sidelined due to leg injuries (broken left leg and right ankle) suffered in a qualifying crash at…

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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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Zachary Claman DeMelo Tests With Dale Coyne Racing Wednesday In Sebring

INDIANAPOLIS – The legend of “TBA” was back with Dale Coyne Racing this offseason as they currently have the last full-time Verizon IndyCar Series seat left for the 2018 season. But, unlike in the past, this “TBA” is different. The reason? DCR thought back in the fall that they had their driver lineup set already. Sebastien Bourdais was contracted to return to the team for the second straight season as he will be in the No. 18 Honda. Also, 2017 Rookie of the Year Ed Jones was supposed to come back…

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Claman DeMelo Keeping An Open Mind Ahead Of INDYCAR Debut This Weekend

Zachary Claman DeMelo is set to accomplish his life long goal, race in a major open wheel series. The Canadian driver has a background in karting. That’s led him to dream big and like to make a living in either the Verizon IndyCar Series or Formula One. On Sunday, he will make that goal come true. Claman DeMelo, 19, will drive the No. 13 Honda for Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing at Sonoma Raceway this weekend, making his INDYCAR debut. Claman DeMelo, has raced the last two seasons in Indy Lights competition. He…

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Zachary Claman DeMelo To Make IndyCar Debut at Sonoma With RLL

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced on Wednesday that the team will enter a second car in the Verizon IndyCar Series season-finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) for current Indy Lights driver Zachary Claman DeMelo. He will make his series debut next weekend with the team.  DeMelo, 19, has had his best Indy Lights season to date with four podium finishes including a win at Road America, and finished fifth in series standings. Paysafe, a leading global payments provider, will be the primary partner of the…

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