Rosenqvist, Telitz, Lewis bag Sunday St. Pete wins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – This is the “there were other races but I’ve typed a ton today so I’ll get to fuller breakouts later” post from the rest of the day’s races on the streets of St. Petersburg.

Felix Rosenqvist (Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, pictured) and Aaron Telitz (Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires) atoned from Saturday disappointment to secure their first wins in their respective series, in the last two races in the six-race Mazda Road to Indy weekend.

Rosenqvist drove the No. 14 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara IL-15 Mazda, while Telitz drove the No. 82 Team Pelfrey entry.

Rosenqvist beat Kyle Kaiser and Zach Veach in Indy Lights; Telitz led a Pelfrey podium sweep ahead of Pato O’Ward and Weiron Tan.

Meanwhile Michael Lewis emerged at the head of a caution-strewn second Pirelli World Challenge GT race for his second overall win in as many days. Martin Fuentes (GTA) and Sloan Urry (GT Cup) also repeated class wins.

On another World Challenge note, Jack Roush Jr. also swept the weekend in GTS with his second win in class there.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.