Devlin DeFrancesco showed impressive speed today at Road America but on-track contact restricted him to an 18th place finish in the eighth round of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
The INDYCAR rookie made a hard charge on the opening laps to advance from 21st to 14th.
However, contact in turn five with the 12 car on lap 8 resulted in a stop-and-go penalty for DeFrancesco for avoidable contact. The penalty was served on Lap 10 followed by a pit-lane speeding violation.
DeFrancesco demonstrated front-running pace despite being back in the pack and a late-race full course yellow allowed him to gain a couple of spots in the run to the flag.
“It was a perfect drive from us. We had a great start and a great car. We were up to 14th from 21st,” DeFrancesco said.
“We were slicing and dicing through people. In the incident with Will Power, I had a great run on him out of Turn 1, then he shoved me off the track into Turn 3 then going into Turn 5, he moved to the inside.
“I then went to the outside because I saw him coming back over so I went to dive on the inside and we made contact, then we got the penalty. INDYCAR made the call they made, that’s the way it goes.”
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES next heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the ninth round of the championship on July 3.