LONG POND,PA – Santino Ferrucci thought that street course races would be his strongsuit in his rookie season in the NTT IndyCar Series. Ferrucci, had always said that street courses are his favorites. He’s scored 82 points on them in 2019 which ranks only 16th best. On natural road courses, he’s scored another 74 points which is ranked 18th.
But, where he’s excelling at is on ovals. For a driver with no past oval experience, Ferrucci has scored 103 points entering this weekend, which was tied with Will Power for fourth most in the entire series.
Santino Ferrucci practices his No. 19 Honda around the Pocono Raceway on Saturday
The only drivers that have as many or more points than him are the three Penske’s and Alexander Rossi. That’s how remarkable he’s been.
In Iowa, he put on a show. In Indy, he made daring passes and maneuvers through places no one dared go. He looked a lot like Rossi in fact. On Sunday at the Pocono Raceway, he put on a show again.
Ferrucci, charged from his 13th starting spot to bring his No. 19 Honda home fourth in the rain shortened race at the Tricky Triangle. It was his third top four finish in as many starts on superspeedway’s in 2019 as he improved from 13th to 12th in the points standings with only three races remaining.
“This weekend has been pretty amazing to have over 120 people here, from family and friends to sponsors and to race in front of such a large crowd,” said the impressive rookie driver. “Hats off to the whole team, we rolled the car off the trailer and it was fast. I’d say that’s a job well-done and homework well-researched. The No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda was on rails. I think we definitely had a top three in us and we were fighting for a chance to win the race at one point. Obviously with the conditions and everything, I’m still happy to bring home a top-five. It makes a huge difference in the rookie championship and moves us up to 12th overall. With three races to go and one more oval, we’ll see how much further we can move up.”
Ferrucci, ran extremely well on the last superspeedway at Texas in finishing fourth. He was seventh in Indy.