Haas development driver, Santino Ferrucci, who was banned for four races in F2 this season, has secured a drive in IndyCar.
Ferrucci deliberately crashed into his team-mate and fellow Haas junior Arjun Maini on the cool-down lap back at Silverstone and was also punished for driving with just one glove and holding his phone between paddocks.
His F2 team at the time, Trident, acted quickly and fired Ferrucci. But there is still no word yet from Haas who said they would use the summer break to decide whether to follow suit.
However, in the meantime, Ferrucci will be driving for the Dale Coyne team in the final two races of the IndyCar season at Portland and Sonoma, joining Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi in an extended three driver line-up.
“I am extremely grateful to Dale [Coyne] and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an Indy car in Portland and Sonoma,” said Ferrucci.
“I’m also excited to be bringing my long-time sponsor Cly-Del on board and introducing them to the world of IndyCar racing.”
Dale Coyne Racing have said that they have been impressed with his “maturity” and “professionalism”, and are looking forward to having him back on the team.
“We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his professionalism and maturity outside of the race car,” said Coyne.
“We’ve had lengthy discussions with Santino in the past few months and we’re excited to have him back for the final two rounds of the season.
“We look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an IndyCar. We’re also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors.”
His ex-F2 team Trident had also taken issue with Ferrucci managing to find the finances to race in IndyCar but struggling to meet his financial obligations with them.