Championship-winning sports car team Scuderia Corsa will follow up its successful Indy 500 debut by returning for the 2019 race, at minimum.
“We’re committing to the Indy 500 next year, and we’re trying to put a [full-season] program together for next year,” team owner Giacomo Mattioli told RACER. “We take our time, we study, we observe, and it was a very good learning experience. We’ll do things different next time around. Definitely back for the Indy 500, and more races, we will see.”
Run in partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Mattioli and Scuderia Corsa co-founder Art Zafiropoulo want to bring their IndyCar program in house at some point.
“Ultimately, we’ll run it with Scuderia Corsa,” he continued. “Next year, the year after next, my intention — my program is three years the Indy 500, and that’s what we started this with in mind to develop our portfolio. There’s a real possibility for full-time next year. It’s coming up quickly, we will evaluate all the options possible, and will make a decision. Ultimately, we want Scuderia Corsa to run the car.”
With IndyCar veteran Oriol Servia behind the wheel of the No. 64 Honda, plenty of daring passes were made throughout the Indy 500. Using an alternate pit stop strategy elevated the Scuderia Corsa car to the lead pack in the waning laps, but a need for fuel sent Servia in for a quick splash minutes before the checkered flag waved. He eventually finished 17th.
“We gave it a try!” Mattioli said. “It’s been a very exciting month with the Bump Day and the qualifying experience, the race, the last 25 laps being in the hunt. At one point, we believed we could do well, even though Chevy was stronger. It was incredible.”
Mattioli’s longstanding ties to Ferrari have given rise to speculation his team could be part of a future IndyCar engine supply program from the Prancing Horse, or one of the other brands owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
While Mattioli wouldn’t be drawn into commenting on the rumors of a visit to the Indy 500 last weekend by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, he produced an interesting response nonetheless.
“I’ve heard crazier things,” he said with a laugh before adding, “but it’s not so crazy.”