Fittipaldi is because of race the #51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing-Honda within the 4 oval races on the 2021 NTT IndyCar Collection schedule, subbing for Romain Grosjean who will compete within the 13 highway and road course races.
In the meantime Cody Ware, son of Rick Ware, will try and qualify a 3rd Coyne automobile, the #52, for the Indy 500. Ware has remodeled 60 begins in NASCAR, received the 2019-20 Asian Le Mans Collection and made his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in January, ending fourth within the LMP2 class within the RWR Eurasia entry.
Each drivers have been at the moment finishing up their superspeedway evaluations in preparation for subsequent week’s Rookie Orientation Observe at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Fittipaldi does have some oval expertise from his 2018 IndyCar enterprise with Coyne, that was badly interrupted by a damaged leg sustained in a WEC shunt at Spa-Francorchamps. The grandson of Emerson and son of Wilson certified 10th at Phoenix early within the season and, following his recuperation, raced at each Pocono and Gateway’s World Large Know-how Raceway.
Coyne advised Autosport: “Pietro didn’t race Indy or Texas with us again in ’18 so this take a look at was essential – and he liked it. He got here in and mentioned – nicely I can’t use the expletive right here – however he mentioned, ‘I [*******] love ovals!’ Yeah, he was undoubtedly excited.
“It was laborious to check our speeds with the speeds from the massive group take a look at yesterday as a result of they have been all intentionally working towards working in visitors so their finest lap occasions have been in a tow, which was price about 6mph. Nicely we by no means ran in a tow at the moment however for those who add 6mph to what our guys did, we have been proper there, we have been aggressive.
“Pietro’s suggestions was fairly good. We gave him a ‘secure’-handling automobile, loads of downforce, and he was good. We ran him for 300 miles – truly we will need to have executed about 300 miles with each our guys.
“Cody did good, too. He began off slightly gradual and cautious however then he simply began going faster and faster, identical to after we first examined him at Sebring, and by the top he was very respectable.
“It’s powerful for him as a result of he’s by no means pushed these automobiles, and all he’s had is in the future at Sebring and now in the future at Texas. I want he may get extra time as a result of he by no means places a foot fallacious and he simply retains enhancing. So these hurry-up weekends are going to be a problem.”
Requested if it was proper to imagine that 25-year-old Ware would be the driver of the #52 DCR-RWR-Honda, assuming all goes nicely in his ROP take a look at Indy subsequent week, Coyne replied, “Sure, you possibly can assume that. And that received’t be his solely outing: he’ll most likely do 4 highway programs, too, beginning on the Indy GP subsequent month.”
Coyne once more confirmed that ought to Grosjean want to make his oval racing debut on the 1.25-mile WWTRaceway – the ex-F1 driver has solely mentioned no to superspeedways – the workforce will run its third automobile for him there, alongside Fittipaldi and the fulltime #18 DCR with Vasser-Sullivan automobile of Ed Jones.
Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless some negotiating to be executed, for the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ shift within the calendar has brought on it to now conflict with the Gateway IndyCar spherical, and Fittipaldi is because of be racing with G-Drive/Algarve Professional within the French traditional.