Pietro Fittipaldi. (Image source: thecheckeredflag.co.uk)
Continuing on with these amazing selections, of some very capable racing drivers Spanning thou Globe... Whilst playin' Ketsup in Der Vurld de Motersporten; Ja-Ja!
Pietro Fittipaldi, Age: 22
Born: June 25, 1996
Birthplace: Miami, Florida; USA
WINNER: World Series Formula V-8 3.5 Championship (Series Final Champion)
2011 NASCAR Welland All American Challenge, 2014 Protyre Formula Renault, 2015-16 MRF Challenge, 2017 World Series V-8 3.5 Championship
Although I learned after the fact that Pietro, who's Gran-pappy's some Cat named Emerson... Also has a younger brother named Enzo, with both being Ferrari Academy Drivers in Thar brief motor racing careers.
I originally became enthused over Pietro whilst accidently discovering that he was cleaning up in the World Series Formula V-8 3.5 Championship in 2017, for which I was rootin' for him to win. Which Pietro did exactly that on the back of 10 Pole positions & 6 Wins prior to the season's final weekend at Bahrain, where he secured the title.
His performance in the ill-fated Open Wheel Racing series led to his garnering an audition for testing top flight World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMP1 Prototype machinery, where he ended the day as the Fastest Rookie, ahead of some Spaniard named Alonso, Ci!
Next, Pietro was confirmed as part of the two driver's who'd be sharing the second Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) IndyCar seat with fellow Rookie Zachary Claman DeMelo, before suffering a massive Shunt in Sports Cars at the "Mighty Spa," (Francorchamps) breaking his legs, which ultimately led to his missing out upon his planned rookie debut in the Indianapolis 500.
Yet Pietro pulled a "Sebastain," nee Sealmeister B' (Bourdais) and returned to the cockpit as quickly as possible in order to finish off his rookie season in Indy Cars, with a best finish of ninth at Portland, his only Top-10 finish of his six starts. With his best Oval finish coming at Gateway in P11, before electing to become the Haas F1 Team's Test and Reserve Driver for 2019.
Effectively making a straight seat swap with former Haas "Simulator Jockey" Santino Ferrucci, who's been confirmed to drive the same #19 Coyne IndyCar entry that Fittipaldi drove this year...
2017: Pietro Fittipaldi
2016: Tom Dilmann
2015: Alexander Rossi
2014: Dean Stoneman