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ED CARPENTER RACING COMPLETES NO. 20 DRIVER LINEUP WITH THE ADDITION OF JORDAN KING

ED CARPENTER RACING COMPLETES NO. 20 DRIVER LINEUP WITH THE ADDITION OF JORDAN KING Briton Named Road And Street Course Driver Of The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Season (INDIANAPOLIS) January 4, 2018 – Ed Carpenter Racing completed the lineup of the team’s No. 20 Chevrolet today with…

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ED CARPENTER RACING CONCLUDES 2017 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON AT SONOMA RACEWAY

ED CARPENTER RACING CONCLUDES 2017 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON AT SONOMA RACEWAY

Spencer Pigot Finishes 13th, JR Hildebrand Takes Checkered Flag 14th in Season Finale

 

SONOMA, Calif. (September 17, 2017) – Race Notes
  • The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season came to an end today after 85 laps along the rolling hills of the road course at Sonoma Raceway. Spencer Pigot finished his season with a 13th place finish in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma while JR Hildebrand was just behind in 14th.
  • Pigot qualified 17th for the final race of the year and Hildebrand rolled off 20th. On the first lap, contact between Pigot and James Hinchcliffe necessitated an early pit stop and front wing change for the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. Meanwhile, Hildebrand deftly avoided the chaos in front of him and gained four positions over the course of the first lap. After his unscheduled pit stop, Pigot dropped to 19th.
  • Hildebrand brought the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet into the pit lane for his first stop on Lap 8, switching from the primary black Firestone Firehawks he started on to a set of alternate reds. Once he re-entered the race, Hildebrand used his new tires to get around Pigot, moving Hildebrand to 16th and Pigot back to 17th.
  • Pigot came in for his first full-service stop on Lap 22, later than the majority of the field as a benefit of taking a splash of fuel during the front wing change. After a switch from primary blacks to scuffed red tires, he rejoined the race directly in front of race leader Simon Pagenaud. Pigot, on cold tires, was passed by Pagenaud and dropped one lap behind the field. Pigot stayed directly behind Pagenaud and when Pagenaud pitted on Lap 30, Pigot regained his lap.
  • Hildebrand continued moving up through the field, working his way up to 11th before his second pit stop on Lap 27. He came out of the pits in 15th on another set of red tires. With clear track and no competitors around him, he maintained his position for the duration of the ensuing stint.
  • After a stop on Lap 43 for Pigot and Lap 46 for Hildebrand, the ECR teammates found themselves next to each other on track. Hildebrand led the way in 16th while Pigot was 17th. Hildebrand eventually pulled away from Pigot, building a sizable gap as he chased down 15th place Carlos Munoz. Hildebrand eventually caught Munoz, but was not able to get by him with tires so late in their life cycle. Pigot caught back up to Hildebrand, but was in the same situation and was not able to gain any positions.
  • Pigot made his final stop of the year on Lap 64, switching to a set of sticker red tires that had been saved for the end of the race. Hildebrand stopped for sticker blacks two laps later, coming out just behind Pigot. The two were running 15th and 16th, respectively, following their stops. They worked their way up to 13th and 14th, but directly behind them were race leaders Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power. With five laps to go in the race, Pigot and Hildebrand let the leaders by as to not impede the championship. The teammates maintained their positions to the end of the race with Pigot finishing 13th and Hildebrand finishing 14th. Ed Carpenter Racing alumni Newgarden won the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
  • The team will return to their Speedway, Ind. race shop to begin preparations for the 2018 season. Pigot will step into the No. 21 full-time in 2018 while team owner Ed Carpenter will drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet in what will be his 16th year of Indy car competition. Pigot and Carpenter will soon begin an extensive off-season testing program to prepare for 2018’s universal aero kit. The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season schedule has not yet been announced.
SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet), Finished 13th: “I damaged my front wing on the first lap by getting into James (Hinchcliffe) at the top of Turn 3. It was definitely not my intent to ruin their race so apologies to James and all of his crew. That incident also made a long race for us. We were forced to save fuel and just pound around out there just to see what positions we could make up. Overall, I learned a lot this year and I’m excited to be back in the Fuzzy’s Vodka car in 2018!”
JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet), Finished 14th: “It just felt good to put in a good race. I really enjoy this track and I had a lot of friends and family in the crowd so that’s always fun. We diced it up pretty good early in the race in the first couple of stints. We had one particularly bad stint, we had a set of reds that just went off big time and lost a lot of track position. After that, we kept getting caught behind cars we were quicker than, but were catching them too late in the stints to do anything about it. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make totally good on what was a pretty good day in terms of overall pace. All in all, I’m glad to be back on track here and had fun out there. We’ll see what goes on from here.”

STARTING FIELD SET FOR 2017 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON FINALE

STARTING FIELD SET FOR 2017 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON FINALE Spencer Pigot Will Start 17th, JR Hildebrand Qualifies 20th For GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (September 16, 2017) – Qualifying Notes Only 85 laps remain in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, tomorrow’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Spencer Pigot and JR Hildebrand have completed…

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ED CARPENTER RACING ELEVATES SPENCER PIGOT TO FULL-TIME FOR 2018 INDYCAR SEASON

Pigot Named Driver Of The No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet For 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Season (SONOMA, Calif.) September 13, 2017 – After two seasons as the road and street course driver of Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20, Spencer Pigot will move to the No. 21 in 2018 and race full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The…

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ED CARPENTER RACING FOCUSED ON FINISHING 2017 SEASON STRONG AT SONOMA RACEWAY

JR Hildebrand Returns To Northern California For Home Race; Spencer Pigot Ready For Another Chance At Sonoma After Early Exit From 2016 Season Finale SPEEDWAY, Ind. (September 12, 2017) – Race Preview The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season has come down to the last event weekend of the year and the final 85 laps of competition….

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SPENCER PIGOT LEADS FIRST LAPS OF INDYCAR CAREER IN 100TH RACE FOR ED CARPENTER RACING

Pigot Paces The Field During INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen; Hildebrand Gains Six Positions During Penultimate Race Of The Year WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 3, 2017) – Race Notes For the first time in his Verizon IndyCar Series career, Spencer Pigot found himself at the front of the field during today’s race. Pigot led…

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SPENCER PIGOT MATCHES CAREER-BEST STARTING POSITION AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

SPENCER PIGOT MATCHES CAREER-BEST STARTING POSITION AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
Pigot Misses Advancing By A Mere .081 Of A Second; JR Hildebrand To Start 21st in INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 2, 2017) – Qualifying Notes

For the third time this year, Spencer Pigot will start 13th in a Verizon IndyCar Series event. Each time, he’s narrowly missed advancing to the second round of qualifications and today it was a mere .081 seconds that separated him from Round 2 at Watkins Glen International. Teammate JR Hildebrand will start 21st in the penultimate race of the season, the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.

Pigot started the weekend off solidly, setting the quickest of his 53 practice laps in the first session. His lap of 144.700 miles per hour was 6th overall on Friday morning and he was the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in that session. Hildebrand’s best practice lap came in yesterday’s afternoon practice with speed of 143.646 mph.

For qualifying, Pigot was out first in Round 1 as part of Group 1, while Hildebrand was assigned to Group 2. Pigot turned his fastest lap and best of the weekend coming to the checkered flag in his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet at 145.308 mph. All that separated Pigot from the 6th position and a place in Round 2 was a mere .081 of a second. He will start 13th in tomorrow’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen.

Hildebrand took to the 3.4-mile road course as part of Group 2. His quickest lap in qualifying was over a mile an hour faster than his best lap in the opening practice session. A lap of 143.652 mph will give Hildebrand the 21st starting position in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for the 60-lap race.

The INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen will be Ed Carpenter Racing’s 100th Verizon IndyCar Series race. ECR’s 100th event also coincides with Chevrolet’s 100th race since returning to Indy car competition. ECR has been powered by Chevrolet engines since the team’s debut race, the 2012 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That race also marked Chevrolet’s return to Indy car after a seven-year hiatus. Chevrolet drivers have combined to win 66 of 99 races run since then, with ECR netting seven of those victories.

While the Verizon IndyCar Series did not have an event over the 4th of July weekend, Pigot competed in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Pigot and his two co-drivers covered 200 laps of the 3.4-mile road course during the six-hour endurance race. The trio landed on the podium with a third place finish.

Watkins Glen International has hosted ten Indy car races: 1979-81, 2005-10 and last year after the track returned to the schedule. Hildebrand, whose Verizon IndyCar Series debut was in 2011, has not yet competed at Watkins Glen in an Indy car. However, Watkins Glen was one of four Indy Lights races Hildebrand won in 2009 on his way to the capturing the championship.

Pigot hopes the final two races of the year will bring results that match the speed he has shown in his sophomore season. Pigot has three Top 10 finishes and is credited with executing over 50 on-track passes for position, but has been caught out by a myriad of unfortunate circumstances throughout the year. While running 5th in St. Petersburg, a brake rotor ignited; a misfire of the engine following a pit stop in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dropped him from 6th; and he had worked his way up to 8th at Road America when he had to make two lengthy pit stops for repairs to the front suspension. In Toronto, Pigot gained seven positions in the first 15 green flag laps but was relegated to the rear of the field following unscheduled pit stop after another competitor cut one of his tires.

Hildebrand will look to add another solid result to a pair of podium finishes this year. Just 20 days removed from breaking a bone in his left hand in a last-lap incident at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Hildebrand turned 250 laps under the lights at Phoenix Raceway and raced his way to 3rd. He topped that performance midway through the season at Iowa Speedway when he led 40 laps and matched his career-best Indy car result with a 2nd place finish. Hildebrand also led this year’s Indianapolis 500 and the 500-mile race two weeks ago at Pocono Raceway.

The INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. ET.

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet), Qualified 13th: “We definitely made a lot of progress in qualifying. We’ve kind of been hovering around an eighth of a second or a second off the pace so we closed the gap a lot! That was nice, but once again, we came up just a bit shy from advancing. Usually, if you’re within a tenth of Will (Power), you’re right up there at the front! A big thanks to all the guys, Fuzzy’s Vodka, and Chevrolet for letting me do this. It is another midfield starting spot, but we’ll see what we can do tomorrow!”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet) Qualified 21st: “It’s been kind of a weird weekend. We’ve tried a lot of different things and just can’t get the speed out of the car we’re looking for. It’s frustrating because I really like Watkins Glen and the team finished on the podium here last year, so we were hoping for a bit more. We just can’t manage to get much better lap times out of it. It’s disappointing, but we’ll continue plugging away at it for the rest of the weekend. There should be some fuel saving going on tomorrow so hopefully that is something that works in our favor!”

ED CARPENTER RACING TO COMPETE IN 100TH RACE THIS WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

ED CARPENTER RACING TO COMPETE IN 100TH RACE THIS WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
JR Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot Will Drive Twin Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets in Team’s Milestone Event
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (August 30, 2017) – Race Preview

Less than six years ago, Ed Carpenter started a race team with support from Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. This weekend at Watkins Glen International, Ed Carpenter Racing will compete in its 100th event. As it has for almost every one of the team’s first 99 races, the No. 20 will carry the colors of Fuzzy’s Vodka. Carpenter still drives the No. 20 on the oval events, while road and street course driver Spencer Pigot will be back behind the wheel this weekend. Over the years, the team has expanded to include a second Fuzzy’s Vodka car, the No. 21 now driven by JR Hildebrand. Pigot and Hildebrand will look to replicate ECR’s podium finish from last year’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.

The ECR team has their sights set on rebounding from two tough races at the ovals of Pocono Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park. Watkins Glen is the third race in three weeks for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the penultimate round of the 2017 season. In the 2016 edition of the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen, Josef Newgarden recorded a second place finish in the No. 21. Then-rookie Pigot ran in the Top 10 for the majority of only his ninth Indy car race, but had to settle for a 15th place finish in the No. 20 after being forced to save fuel in the closing laps.

While the Verizon IndyCar Series did not have an event over the 4th of July weekend, Pigot competed in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Pigot and his two co-drivers covered 200 laps of the 3.4-mile road course during the six-hour endurance race. The trio landed on the podium with a third place finish.

Watkins Glen International has hosted ten Indy car races: 1979-81, 2005-10 and last year after the track returned to the schedule. Hildebrand, whose Verizon IndyCar Series debut was in 2011, has not yet competed at Watkins Glen in an Indy car. However, Watkins Glen was one of four Indy Lights races Hildebrand won in 2009 on his way to the capturing the championship.

Pigot hopes the final two races of the year will bring results that match the speed he has shown in his sophomore season. Pigot has three Top 10 finishes and is credited with executing over 50 on-track passes for position, but has been caught out by a myriad of unfortunate circumstances throughout the year. While running 5th in St. Petersburg, a brake rotor ignited; a misfire of the engine following a pit stop in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dropped him from 6th; and he had worked his way up to 8th at Road America when he had to make two lengthy pit stops for repairs to the front suspension. In Toronto, Pigot gained seven positions in the first 15 green flag laps but was relegated to the rear of the field following unscheduled pit stop after another competitor cut one of his tires.

Hildebrand will look to add another solid result to a pair of podium finishes this year. Just 20 days removed from breaking a bone in his left hand in a last-lap incident at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Hildebrand turned 250 laps under the lights at Phoenix Raceway and raced his way to 3rd. He topped that performance midway through the season at Iowa Speedway when he led 40 laps and matched his career-best Indy car result with a 2nd place finish. Hildebrand also led this year’s Indianapolis 500 and the 500-mile race two weeks ago at Pocono Raceway.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s 100th event also coincides with Chevrolet’s 100th race since returning to Indy car competition. ECR has been powered by Chevrolet engines since the team’s debut race, the 2012 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That race also marked Chevrolet’s return to the Verizon IndyCar Series after a seven-year hiatus. Chevrolet drivers have combined to win 66 of 99 races run since then, with ECR netting seven of those victories.

Practice for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen will take place on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2. Qualifying will be shown via a tape-delayed broadcast on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The 60-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. ET.

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet): “Watkins Glen has quickly become one of my favorite tracks. Last year was the first time I had ever been there and it’s easy to see why so many drivers love it. It’s incredibly fast and requires a ton of commitment. It’s been a tough few races for the Fuzzy’s Vodka crew so hopefully we can rebound this weekend and finish the season off with a few good results.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet): “Watkins Glen is the track where I had my most memorable win in Indy Lights, getting the “W” on the 4th of July on the way to the championship. It’s been a few years since I’ve raced at The Glen, so I’m excited to go back as we look to turn things around after a disappointing couple of weeks.”

BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 Race Notes

BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 COMES TO EARLY AND DISAPPOINTING END FOR ED CARPENTER RACING Both Ed Carpenter, JR Hildebrand Exit Race After Separate Incidents MADISON, Ill. (August 26, 2017) – Race Notes Ed Carpenter Racing’s string of success on short ovals did not continue through tonight’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500. Though JR Hildebrand scored podium…

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ED CARPENTER TO START FIFTH UNDER THE LIGHTS AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

JR Hildebrand Qualifies 15th for Saturday Night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 MADISON, Ill. (August 25, 2017) – Qualifying Notes Ed Carpenter recorded one of his best qualifying efforts of the season tonight for what will be his last race of 2017. Carpenter, who competes exclusively on the ovals, will start 5th in tomorrow night’s Bommarito…

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