The next chapter in Santino Ferrucci’s career could be a return to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Following his highly publicized actions and the subsequent fallout after the recent Silverstone F2 races, the 20-year-old American is at Mid-Ohio with the Dale Coyne Racing team he drove for in Detroit and looking to turn the page as soon as possible.
“It‘s no surprise that I’m back here and looking,” the Connecticut native told RACER. “The atmosphere here is nicer and way more friendly, plus I can drive out to about half the races. The IndyCar is a great car to drive. I’ve never had more fun, and you also get to race with people like Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan; those are big names – they’re legends. To race with them is a privilege for me, and I’d like to stay.”
Ferrucci says he would like to continue racing for Coyne, and is also taking the time to meet other team owners.
“I really like Dale and like the team, and if I get the opportunity, I’d like to stay,” he added. “But I also need to ask around the paddock because it’s all so new to me. I’ve been racing in Europe for the last eight years, so I’m meeting a lot of people right now.”
A return by Ferrucci later this season, which has been rumored, could be used as a conduit to introduce new sponsors for a 2019 program.
“In IndyCar, I’m finding a lot of it is B2B – you want to find sponsors that will help you get in and develop relationships to become a paid driver,” he said. “You want to be with people who want to bring you forward, and it also depends on the team if they trust you to bring their cars forward as well. It’s all a bit of a wait-and-see situation.”