News Zachary Claman De Melo gets Indy 500 ride on opening day

18:05  15 may  2018
18:05  15 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

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It has opted to give De Melo the ride for this weekend, but DCR is currently searching for a stand-in at the Indy 500 and the Texas Motor Speedway. “ Getting to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is always special. “I enjoyed racing there in Indy Lights and I can’t wait to now get a chance to drive

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Will Power, left, of Australia, leads the field into tune one at the start of the IndyCar Grand Prix auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) © (AP Photo/Darron Cummings Will Power, left, of Australia, leads the field into tune one at the start of the IndyCar Grand Prix auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dale Coyne Racing will give Zachary Claman De Melo a shot at running his first Indianapolis 500 as the replacement driver for Pietro Fittipaldi.

The announcement was made Tuesday before Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened for the first day of preparations leading into the May 27 race. Fittipaldi was supposed to race the No. 19 for Coyne but suffered serious injuries in a crash in Belgium earlier this month and is sidelined at least eight weeks.

Claman De Melo will be among the Indy 500 rookie class, and he is one of 35 drivers trying to earn one of the 33 spots in the race.

He filled in for Fittipaldi last week on Indy's road course and finished a career-best 12th.

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Defending Indy Grand Prix winner Will Power fastest in first practice at IMS .
Power and Simon Pagenaud have each won two of the first four INDYCAR Grand Prix's of Indianapolis.Power, who won the Grand Prix in 2015 and again last year, topped the 24-car field, covering the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course with a speed of 125.279 mph at an elapsed time of 1 minute, 10.0866 seconds.

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