The rumors were flying and Friday they were finally confirmed – Santino Ferrucci will move over to a NASCAR career. The Connecticut native will drive in approximaely 20 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2021 season with Sam Hunt Racing. The team is somewhat new to the series as they’ve fielded a car for 10 races over the last two seasons.
Now, Ferrucci will give it a try.
His first race will be in the third race of the season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway as he will not run in either Daytona race next month. Ferrucci, will focus on intermediate tracks and short tracks. The reason being is that he has no superspeedway experience yet so he’s no eligible to race on them and he’s well familiar with road course racing.
So, the best way to bring him up to speed is on ovals.
It’s a somewhat shocking move though as Ferrucci was exceling in the NTT IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing. In his rookie year of 2019, Ferrucci had seven top 10 finishes including three of those being in the top five. Last year, he had five more top 10’s.
He was showing some big potential to eventually win in the Indy 500 as he won Rookie of the Year honors for the race in 2019 with a seventh place result. He was fourth last year.
He’s open to returning to race in this year’s Indy 500 if the situation is right.