Pietro Fittipaldi made his IndyCar return on Tuesday at Mid-Ohio after a grueling two-month stint rehabilitating broken bones in both legs. According to the Brazilian, the after-effects of the crash at Spa-Francorchamps during qualifying for the FIA World Endurance Championship were minimal, and his goal was to spend as much time as possible in the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.
“It went really well, and I stayed inside the car almost all day,” Fittipaldi told RACER. “Normally, you get out of the car a lot so the team can make setup changes, but I stayed in for like five hours because I wanted to get comfortable with being in that position again. And we tried a lot of things that made the car faster, so it was a good experience.”
The 22-year-old credits pushing hard throughout the rehab process for being ready to test and make his Verizon IndyCar Series return for the July 27-29 Mid-Ohio event.
“I was excited to be back, and it was exactly what I was expecting,” he added. “I’ve been training hard since my accident, and focusing on all the work I needed to be ready to drive again. My endurance was good and I can’t wait for the race next week.”