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St Petersburg: Filippi joins Dale Coyne Racing

Lucas Filippi has joined Dale Coyne Racing for the 2016 IndyCar opener at St Petersburg this weekend alongside Conor Daly.
Lucas Filippi has joined Dale Coyne Racing for the 2016 IndyCar opener at St Petersburg this weekend alongside Conor Daly.

The former GP2 challenger and Honda F1 test driver enjoyed a sporadic 2015 campaign in the United States series with CFH Racing taking a best result of second place in Toronto.

The 30-year-old Italian is eager to secure a full-time IndyCar drive after three years on the peripheries, while Coyne Racing is aiming to run two cars for the full 2016 campaign, plus an additional two at the Indianapolis 500.

It is believed if the Italian impresses at St Petersburg he could be handed the drive for the remainder of the season.

"I feel very positive going to St Petersburg," Filippi said. “Honda have done a good job in providing us with an improved aero kit and more power. I think it will be very competitive between all the teams.

"I see that Dale Coyne Racing is really motivated to boost the level of the team even more this year, and I think that with myself and Conor we have a good combination and I think we could really get strong results."


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Luca Filippi at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 - Friday, August 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a second-place finish Sunday, June 14, 2015 during the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fillip`s teammate, Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, won the race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, takes the chequered flag Sunday, June 14, 2015 to win the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi (rear), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Luca Filippi and Josef Newgarden celebrate with the CFH Racing team after finishing 1-2 in the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi and Josef Newgarden celebrate in Victory Circle after finishing 1-2 in the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi, Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden celebrate on the podium after the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi exits Turn 5 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi ends the day in the tyre wall after red flags in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi ends the day in the tyre wall after red flags in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Teammates Josef Newgarden and Luca Filippi enter Turn 7 during practice for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi apexes Turn 3 during practice for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi exits Turn 2 during qualifications for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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