Al and Bobby Unser, Rick and Roger Mears, Mike and Robbie Groff… the tradition of brothers who’ve raced against each other in IndyCar has many interesting chapters, and there’s a possibility for a new one to be written next year between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi and his younger brother Enzo, who is scheduled to test with Dale Coyne Racing.
It’s too early to say if 26-year-old Pietro and 22-year-old Enzo will face off in the NTT IndyCar Series, but the Brazilian-Americans will share the same track at Sebring International Raceway in early November as DCR joins RLL for a few days of learning under the Florida sun. It’s unclear if Enzo’s test is part of a bigger plan to switch to IndyCar, but the Fittipaldis are known to have an interest in seeing the brothers race together if possible.
Where Pietro’s open-wheel activities have been more sporadic than desired in recent years, Enzo — a member of the Red Bull Junior Team — has been relentlessly busy since 2017, contesting full Formula 4, Formula 3, and Formula 2 championships without interruption.
Currently seventh in the F2 standings on the strength of four podiums and one win with the Rodin Carlin team, the younger Fittipaldi has spent just over two seasons in Formula 1’s top development category. With no known seats awaiting his services in F1, and little to learn by returning to F2 for a third full-season campaign, a switch to IndyCar with DCR — where his older brother made his IndyCar debut in 2018 and returned for three races in 2021 — would make for a great story to follow between the Fittipaldi brothers in 2024.
RACER also understands Indy NXT front-runner Jacob Abel is meant to take part in the same two-day test with DCR.