"We were really fast all weekend and in qualifying I made a mistake that is still hurting a lot,” said Filippi about his début weekend in IndyCar. "At the same time, we had a good performance. I can try to put that mistake behind me. That's why the team is giving me another chance."
Mid-Ohio is relatively similar to the types of permanent tracks Filippi is used to racing on in Europe, but this weekend will see him face an altogether beast as he attempts to master a full-on temporary street circuit, the 2.04-mile 12-turn track in downtown Baltimore.
“The tough thing is Baltimore is a street circuit," he agreed. "I watched [last year's inaugural] race again on YouTube and I'm looking at data and want to get there as ready as I can to perform. It's pretty bumpy but in Europe I had some street course experience so I hope it will help.
“I have a good feeling with the car, which is important," he added. "I really feel confident. I worked well with the engineers."
Filippi's first track session will be at 10.10am local time (3.10pm BST) on Friday morning for the first of three 45-minute practice sessions, with the others following at 2.30pm (7.30pm BST) on Friday afternoon and 9.05am (2.05pm BST) on Saturday morning.
Qualifying at noon (5pm BST) on Saturday will follow the usual IndyCar three-round elimination format with the top 12 fastest drivers progressing to round 2 and then the top half of the field making it through to the Firestone Fast Six pole shootout. A half-hour Sunday morning warm-up at 10.15am (3.15pm BST) precedes the race itself which runs from 2.30pm (7.30pm BST).