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IndyCar: Santino Ferrucci ready to return to Dale Coyne Racing in 2019

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) Santino Ferrucci has been hired to drive full-time for Dale Coyne’s IndyCar team in 2019.

The American competed in four races last season with Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais as his teammate on Coyne’s team. Ferrucci qualified 13th in the second race at Detroit and finished a season-best 11th in last season’s finale at Sonoma despite dealing with a mechanical problem the entire race.

He has not yet raced on an oval track but did complete rookie orientation at a private test at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 2019 IndyCar season begins March 10 at St. Petersburg, Florida.

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IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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