Santino Ferrucci will make his seventh start in the NTT Data IndyCar Series Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. The Dale Coyne Racing driver was one of the drivers to test at Barber in March and the driver from Woodbury, Connecticut feels like it will help him be successful during Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
“We were able to test at Barber last month, and it was a very helpful test for us,” Ferrucci said in the IndyCar release. “I had never been there before, so it allowed me to learn the track and helped us figure out how to implement my setup, my driving style, to produce competitive lap times. I think we might have found something interesting for the race weekend. We’ll see how we match up with the other cars on track when official practice begins, but I’m very excited to get going there.”
In two races with Dale Coyne Racing, Ferrucci has a ninth and 20th place finish. The ninth-place finish in the season-opener in St. Petersburg is his career-best finish and on Sunday he’ll look to better that finish. Barber hasn’t been a very good track for DCR with the organization only tallying only three top 10’s and just one top-five finish coming last season with Sebastien Bourdais.
Ferrucci likens Barber to a road course in Zandvoort, Netherlands called Circuit Zandvoort. Both tracks have many elevation changes with Barbers highest elevation being 660-feet and the lowest being 600-feet.
“Barber Motorsports Park track kind of reminds me of a European track called Zandvoort. It’s really exciting with a lot of elevation changes. “