INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Formula One development driver Santino Ferrucci will make his IndyCar debut next month at Detroit as the replacement driver for Pietro Fittipaldi.
Ferrucci is an American development driver for Haas F1, the only American team on the F1 grid, and currently races in Formula 2.
Dale Coyne Racing has been forced to shuffle its lineup since Fittipaldi broke legs this month in a crash in Belgium. Fittipaldi was scheduled to make his Indianapolis 500 debut next week.
Ferrucci will drive the No. 19 at the doubleheader in Detroit on June 2-3.
As the Haas F1 test driver, he’s completed four test days and 1,180 miles in an F1 car.
Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.
This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.
“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”
On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.
“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.
“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”