The Italian-Canadian driver, who scored 9 top-five finishes on this 12 months’s Indy Lights championship and completed sixth within the standings, carried out impressively in his first two IndyCar checks with the Andretti Autosport staff, at Sebring Raceway brief course and Barber Motorsports Park.
“We’re thrilled to maintain Devlin within the Andretti Autosport household as he makes his closing leap up the Street to Indy ladder into IndyCar,” stated Michael Andretti, CEO and chairman of Andretti Autosport. “Devlin has been an important addition to our Indy Lights programme and has confirmed a variety of development and power on the latest take a look at days.
“I feel he’ll proceed to develop with IndyCar and I’m actually glad that we may once more associate with George [Steinbrenner IV] and the Steinbrenner Racing staff for the #29.”
Steinbrenner himself added: “Two years in the past, we began a journey with Devlin with the intent to in the future take him all the way in which to the NTT IndyCar Sequence and I’m thrilled that day has come. From Indy Professional 2000 to Indy Lights and now to INDYCAR, he actually impressed along with his two preliminary days in an Indy automotive and we’re excited to see him in motion in 2022.”
DeFrancesco, who completed second in his Indy Professional 2000 season in 2020, said: “I’m extremely grateful to Michael and George or the assumption they’ve proven in me over the previous two seasons shifting up the Street to Indy ladder. To now take that closing step into INDYCAR with two of the world’s greatest names in sports activities – Andretti and Steinbrenner – is an unbelievable alternative that I can’t wait to take full benefit of.
“I’ve three very skilled team-mates to study from and that’s what makes this chance much more thrilling. To get to race within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport and to contest the Indianapolis 500 is a dream come true and I’m so trying ahead to getting began.”
Devlin DeFrancesco, Carlin Dallara F317 – Volkswagen
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DeFrancesco was born 15 weeks untimely and spent the primary 4 months of his life in an incubator in a hospital in Toronto, and admits he owes his household “every little thing”.
“I acquired began when Dad had go-karts underneath the Christmas tree for my brother Lachlan and I years in the past,” he stated. “As soon as I began racing it was all I ever needed to do. To now get the possibility to graduate to IndyCar is a real childhood dream coming true.
“Canada has had some unbelievable drivers on this championship over time and that offers me added incentive to observe of their footsteps. The Honda Indy at Toronto subsequent 12 months goes to be one race that my total household is basically trying ahead to.”
He additionally stated that he anticipated to have the ability to absorb the data of team-mates Herta, Rossi and Grosjean.
“That’s going to be superior and can give me some nice benchmarks to work in direction of,” he stated. “That’s going to be an enormous benefit in comparison with any person getting into IndyCar with a small staff.
“Colton is already an important pal and was very useful for me in Indy Lights this 12 months. He instructed me a variety of what to anticipate earlier than I first drove the IndyCar and he was precisely proper. For me, it is the staff, the team-mates – all the surroundings is an unbelievable alternative for me.”