Two weeks after Monaco driver Stefano Coletti made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut, he returns to the series this weekend, his No. 4 car sponsored by Variable Bore Rams, Inc., a Louisiana-based oil field rental tool company.
At St. Petersburg, Coletti, ran in the top 10 a few times, moving from 21st to 12th in 10 laps. He enters this week in 20th place in the season standings (10 points).
More good news: Coletti, 26, finished last month’s test at NOLAMotorsports second in the morning practice and fifth overall at the end of the day.
Numbers to know
205.5: Race distance in miles
18: Number of seconds a Verizon IndyCar Series car can run the entire length of Bourbon Street (13 blocks) at maximum speed, according to Firestone
15: Three-time champion Scott Dixon’s place in St. Petersburg, thanks to mechanical issues
4: Number of drivers Team Penske placed in the top five at St. Petersburg. Team Penske has four drivers racing this weekend.
Say dat again
“I think the worth ethic. I’ve been an athlete my entire life, but getting up in the morning, going to practice, not finding an excuse —whether it’s raining or not. And having a pretty partner (professional dancer Julianne Hough) helps too. It actually helped me put in my head something I didn’t think was possible. And when you put your mind to it with hard work, you’ll be good. For me, that was the biggest lesson.”
Helio Cartroneves on his “Dancing With the Stars” experience and how it made him a stronger competitor
Bourdais has winning legacy
Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais is coming off his best finish ever at St. Petersburg (sixth), Florida, his adopted hometown.
Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive championships, winning the Champ Car World Series title from 2004-07. In 132 career starts, he has won 32 races — eighth all-time.
Bourdais hails from Le Mans, France, but resides in St. Pete.
Verizon boosts coverage
Looks like Verizon Wireless is doubling up on its mobile efforts for IndyCar teams and fans. The company is planning to feature “two cells on wheels” for extra network support during the race.
Also, the Verizon Fan Village will offer fans a glimpse at its devices and technology.