ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Thursday, October 22, 2020) – Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport racer Devlin DeFrancesco heads to St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend for the final round of the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires championship.
DeFrancesco has notched up two wins and four additional podiums during his first Road to Indy season and sits second in the championship going into the season finale. While the championship itself is out of reach, DeFrancesco can still secure second in the points and finish as the highest-placed rookie.
A home race for the Miami-based DeFrancesco, the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit is the first street circuit the Indy Pro 2000 series will venture to this year. With two races to close out the season, DeFrancesco has two final chances to score a win in the newly rebranded One Plant Merchandise No. 17 Tatuus PM-18.
Additionally, his campaign is supported by Kimoa – the fashion, clothing, and accessories brand founded by Fernando Alonso; world-class racing simulator manufacturer Allinsports; Apple’s largest premium retail partner, Simply Mac; Engine Media; Sol Yoga and Pure Kana.
The weekend begins Friday, October 23rd with practice and qualifying. DeFrancesco will take the green flag for Race 1 on Saturday at 5:40 PM ET and again on Sunday for Race 2 at 11:30 AM ET. Video coverage, live timing and radio can be found at http://www.roadtoindy.tv/race-control.html.
Q: One last weekend of 2020 Indy Pro 2000 competition, are you ready for St. Petersburg?
A: “Yes! I’ve done a lot of preparation for this race, a lot of time on the Allinsports simulator, a lot of preparation with my engineer Doug Zister. He knows the track quite well, he has a lot of experience there. We’re trying to end with a really strong result so we can go into the off season on a high.”
Q: With it being such a compressed schedule, it must be a little bittersweet to have this be the final weekend?
A: “It will definitely be nice to relax for a little bit after this. We’ve had so many races in such a short amount of time, that I’m definitely ready for that. But, first, I really want to score a strong result for the guys on the team and everybody at Andretti Autosport and Steinbrenner Racing this weekend. We want to end with a bang, not literally though! Just leave a good impression for everyone in the paddock.”
Q: St. Petersburg is a crown jewel event, and a home race for you, how excited are you to race there?
A: “It’s an amazing track, and it’s nice that they’ll be allowing fans in! We haven’t had many races this year with a good amount of fans, so that will be really nice to have there. Watching all the onboards and in the sim, it looks like a great track, but not very forgiving.
“There’s only 30 minutes of practice before we go straight into qualifying, so we have to get up to speed pretty quickly, luckily I’ve raced a few street courses before, including Macau and Pau, so that should help.
“They’re low grip and the sliding between the walls is always fun, but there’s no margin for error, so when it bites you, it bites you hard. With it being one of my home races as well, I’m really excited to have friends come out from Miami and to have my family and my girlfriend there to support me.”