A sixth-place finish in the 2021 Indianapolis 500 has paid dividends for Santino Ferrucci, who will compete in the NTT IndyCar Series doubleheader at The Raceway at Belle Isle, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced June 7.
Hy-Vee, Inc. will sponsor Ferrucci in the No. 45 Honda.
“I’m excited to compete in the two races in Detroit after a fantastic run at the Indy 500,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “To carry the momentum into Detroit is massive for the team. Hy-Vee is partnering with Frito-Lay so we will have Chester Cheetah and the Cheetos brand on the car, which I think is pretty awesome. It’s a fantastic track, and I’m excited to be returning to Detroit since we didn’t get a chance to race there in 2020.”
Ferrucci has competed four times at Belle Isle, leading 20 total laps. He also led two laps in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Overall, Ferrucci has logged 36 IndyCar starts, including full-time efforts in 2019 and 2020. He also debuted in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year with Sam Hunt Racing, making four starts thus far.
RLL fields full-time entries for six-time winner Graham Rahal and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.
The doubleheader at Belle Isle will take place on June 12 and 13. On Saturday, June 12, the race will begin at 2 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by NBC. The following day, the race will take place at noon ET, with TV coverage again provided by NBC.
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