DeFrancesco’s path to INDYCAR goes just as planned

Everything has gone according to plan for Michael Andretti and George Steinbrenner IV, and the years of preparation of success mean Devlin DeFrancesco’s dream of being an NTT INDYCAR SERIES athlete comes true in 2022. “For me, of course, today is a dream come true,” DeFrancesco said. The jump to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES comes after a strong 2021 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season in which DeFrancesco finished sixth in the championship for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport. DeFrancesco raced in the FIA Formula 3 European championship periodically throughout 2017 and 2018, and in 2019 he competed in Formula 3 for Trident Motorsports. If all went well and DeFrancesco succeeded, they expected to have him in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES by 2022. DeFrancesco’s Indy Lights campaign this past season wasn’t as strong, with a best finish of third coming on two occasions — in both races of the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park. DeFrancesco said he plans to take his rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES season in stride. “I found the car suited me much more,” DeFrancesco said. Still, the main goal for DeFrancesco is to walk away from the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season as Rookie of the Year.

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