Agustín Canapino smiles with his ride in IndyCar on a very special weekend with this historic achievement
Agustín Canapino, from Reef, will mount a historic challenge this Sunday when he drives the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, which will correspond with the sixth day of IndyCar. Historic for him and for Argentine Motorsports, as he is the fourth driver to be part of the grid: he will start in 26th. The “best in the world” race for many connoisseurs can be viewed live on ESPN 3 and Star+ streaming platforms in this specialty starting at 1:45 p.m. ET.
Canappino, who will face the challenge from the Juncos Hollinger Racing team with his Dallara-Chevrolet car, is one of four rookies in the 500 Mile and will compete with nine drivers who already know him and four other names to win. What a past in Formula 1 However, for many TC champions the victory is the other way around: “Finishing in the top 20 is a victory. The cars are tough to drive today, tough to beat. They go very fast and It creates a lot of turbulence. You have to think about getting there, because finishing is a win. And it would be great to think about top 20. It’s a three-hour race. Getting through the first two stages is a challenge, because you have to Got to understand how the breakdown is and what the rhythm is, to think about how do I continue, analyze when to attack or whether to take risks, because it’s very easy to hit”, he told the exclusive site Carburando. analyzed in an interview with
The Argentine driver makes history by competing in one of the world’s most prestigious races – Credit: @Walter G Arce Sr. Grindstone Media Group/Action Sports Photography
In addition, the Argentine will run with special spices that will contribute to the collection of this historic moment: he will accept the challenge with a “tuned” car to pay tribute to the world champion Albiceleste team at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. And he’ll wear a matching suit with it.
To be able to compete on this date, Canapino completed the Rookie Orientation Program and finished 27th in the Open Test, a normal training session in which he clocked a best lap of 358 km/h. He then qualified with an average speed of 372.425 km/h. Although he qualified 27th, Man of the Reef would start one place further up, on the ninth row of the starting grid alongside Canadian Devlin DiFrancisco and his teammate Juncos Hollinger Racing, British Callum Ilott, as Stephen Wilson had a crash in training and had a There was a fracture in the vertebra. He was replaced by American Graham Rahal. There will be 33 cars in total and they will have to complete 200 laps of the circuit to complete the demanding test.
Agustin Canapino will race with a car that pays tribute to the Qatar 2022 world champion
Indianapolis 500: Everything you need to know
Day: Sunday 28 May
Time: 1:45 pm (Argentina time).
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Only three Argentine drivers have been successful in the Indianapolis 500; Fourth is the Canapino – Credit: @Icon Sportswire
Thus, the 33-year-old from Reef would break a streak of 83 years without Argentina’s representatives in the traditional test. The last was Raoul Riganti in 1940, followed by the pioneer Martín de Alzaga Unzué in 1923. Juan Antonio Gaudino attended in 1932. His regular entry into IndyCar is historic as few fellow countrymen have done so before: Carlos Paretti was the first in 1977 followed by Enrique Mansilla, Juan Manuel Fangio II, Norberto Fontana and Gaston Mazzacane, the last in 2004.
Canapino’s Results in 2023 IndyCar
St. Petersburg Grand Prix – 12th.
Grand Prix PPG 375 at Texas – 12th.
Long Beach Grand Prix – Retired (25th).
Kids Grand Prix of Alabama – 26th.
GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis – 21st.
INDICAR 2023 Vacancy Table
Spaniard Alex Palo leads the positions in IndyCar and is one of the favorites in the 500 miles – Credit: @Justin Casterline
Agustin Canapino will be looking to score points at the Indianapolis 500 and climb to the top of the standings, where he sits 18th with 56 points after five races. His best placements came in the first two rounds in St. Petersburg and Texas, where he finished 12th. Then he could not join the 20 pilots and was somewhat removed.
The championship leader is Alex Palo (Spain) with 174 points, followed by Patricio O’Vard (Mexico) with 168 and Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) with 155 points. Next is Romain Grosjean (France) with 134 points, one more than Scott McLaughlin. New Zealand). Callum Ilott (Great Britain), Reiff’s partner, is 13th with 92.