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RAINY INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA COMES TO A CONCLUSION AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

RAINY INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA COMES TO A CONCLUSION AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot and Jordan King Miss Out Top 10 Finishes After Rains Plague Road Course Race For A Second Day

LEEDS, Ala. (April 23, 2018) – Race Notes
  • The 2018 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama became an event that spanned two days, beginning in rainy conditions on Sunday afternoon and finishing in the same vein a day later. On strategies that favored the race staying dry, Ed Carpenter Racing drivers Jordan King and Spencer Pigot did not have luck on their side today. King finished the timed event in the 14th position and Pigot took the checkered flag in 15th.
  • As anticipated, rains arrived prior to yesterday’s pre-race ceremonies at Barber Motorsports Park. By the time the race started, heavy rain was falling and the race was declared a wet start, requiring all competitors to start on wet condition Firestone Firehawk tires. After one lap under caution, the green flag flew on Lap 2. King, from England, grew up racing in the rain and wasted no time in moving up through the field. In the first lap alone, he gained four positions. Though Pigot lost two positions, he made them up immediately, before the conclusion of the next lap.
  • When the stopped car of Charlie Kimball brought out the first yellow on Lap 12, King was already up to 13th while Pigot was 15th. On the Lap 17 restart, Will Power spun and made contact with the wall. From there, driver visibility was too compromised and a red flag condition began. When officials decided to suspend the race until today, King had gained eight positions to run 11th and Pigot was up five to 12th.
  • The race resumed just after the noon hour today with 23 laps completed and approximately 75 minutes remaining. Now a dry start, King passed two cars before Turn 2 and moved into the Top 10. By the fourth green flag lap, King began battling technical issues. A suspected after effect of yesterday’s rain, the timing stand for the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka engineering staff was left briefly without telemetry, while King lost all information on the dash of his steering wheel. While the timing stand came back up quickly, King did not regain information on his dash until the latter portion of the race. He fell to 12th but managed to not to pit until his first scheduled stop.
  • While Pigot was making his way around the lapped car of Zachary Claman De Melo on Lap 27, the two made contact and became entangled at speed. Both managed to continue, though Pigot dropped from 12th to 17th. The No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew readied spare suspension pieces in the event repairs were needed. However, when Pigot made his first stop on Lap 37, the crew looked over the car and deemed there was no damage. No longer needing to save fuel, Pigot was given the go-ahead to make maximum lap time and began working to regain the positions he had lost.
  • With the field on split strategies, King and Pigot cycled toward the Top 10. The pair of 24-year-olds were running 10th and 11th, respectively, when Pigot made his second stop on Lap 57. King moved all the way up to the sixth position prior to pitting on Lap 67. With the combination of their strategies and a dry race track, both were looking at the potential of securing their first Top 10 finishes of the season.
  • However, heavy rains came to the 2.3-mile permanent road course for the second day in a row. Hoping for a late race caution that would have the event end under yellow, King and Pigot stayed on slicks as long as possible. King had to pit on the 75th of the 82 laps completed in the two-hour time limit. With only five minutes left in the race, Pigot had to come in as well for wet condition tires after spinning on Lap 77. King would finish the race in 14th while Pigot would take the checkered flag in 15th.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing will be back on track next week for testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval with Pigot in his No. 21, No. 20 oval driver and team owner Ed Carpenter in the No. 20, and their Indianapolis 500 teammate Danica Patrick in the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet. Pigot and King’s next race will be the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 12.
JORDAN KING, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Finished 14th: “Today, I had a really good restart. I did exactly what I wanted to do, I wanted to dispatch a couple of cars quite quickly. I managed to get past both Ed (Jones) and Scott (Dixon) before Turn 2, so that was really good actually. That gave me good track position, we were then in the Top 5. Unfortunately, the rain yesterday may have caused an electrical problem that took quite a while to clear. Once we got going, it was then alright. Our strategy was then compromised with the rain and we were caught out. Overall slightly annoying, we really would have been fine for a Top 5 finish quite comfortably I think.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Finished 15th: “It was definitely a difficult race out there. We thought we were making up some ground by pitting early and running hard, which seemed to be working. We tried to gamble at the end to stay on slicks. We were hoping for a yellow that the race would end under and we could stay up where we were. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and I just tried to keep it on the road the best I could. Eventually, it just got too wet and we had to come in at the end. There are some positives to take away from this weekend, we’re going to take those into the INDYCAR Grand Prix and hopefully be back up front!”

ED CARPENTER RACING SHIFTS FOCUS TO TOMORROW’S HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS

LEEDS, Ala. (April 21, 2018) – Qualifying Notes
  • After today’s qualification session, Ed Carpenter Racing has shifted their focus to tomorrow’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Changing track conditions presented a challenge for both of the Fuzzy’s Vodka drivers in qualifying and despite speed shown throughout the weekend, Spencer Pigot and Jordan King were not able to advance to Round 2. Pigot will start 17th in tomorrow afternoon’s 90-lap race while King will roll off one row behind in 19th.
  • Pigot showed what he was capable of in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet yesterday during second practice. He was consistently near the top five while on black tires; when given a set of red tires at the end of the session, he set a lap that was the second-fastest of the session. He spent the majority of this morning’s Practice 3 on old tires, saving a set of stickers for the end. Just as he was getting up to speed on his new tires, the red flag came out and ended the session, which did not give him an opportunity to set a fast lap.
  • Just after setting the 8th-fastest lap of Practice 3 this morning, King went off course entering Turn 2. The car sped through the gravel and made moderate contact with the wall, damaging the front wing and suspension on the left front corner of the car. The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew worked to complete repairs and King’s car was ready for the 3:05 p.m. CT qualifying session.
  • Qualification groups are decided by the lap times in the practice session immediately preceding qualifying, assigning both King and Pigot to Group 1. Both started on a set of black Firestone Firehawk tires, making a stop after three laps for a set of sticker red tires. Pigot’s best lap of 121.553 miles per hour was the 9th fastest of the group. King was just behind, setting the 10th fastest lap at 121.053 miles per hour. Since only the top six advance to Round 2, their laps would give them their starting positions for tomorrow.
  • King, who is new to the Verizon IndyCar Series, will race at Barber Motorsports Park for the first time tomorrow. The 24-year-old rookie will be competing in his first Indy car road course race for Ed Carpenter Racing after two street races in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. In King’s Indy car debut last month in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, he set the track record, made the Firestone Fast 6 during qualifying and took the lead of the race in only the fifth lap.
  • Pigot has an impressive history at Barber Motorsports Park. On his way to becoming the winningest driver in the history of the Mazda Road to Indy, Pigot swept both Pro Mazda races at Barber in 2014. The following year, Pigot repeated his performance by scoring back-to-back victories in the two Indy Lights races. Tomorrow, the 24-year-old will compete his second Indy car race at Barber in his first season as the full-time driver of the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
  • Also in 2015, Ed Carpenter Racing won the marquee event of the weekend, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. With a commanding performance, Josef Newgarden scored the victory for ECR after leading a field-high 46 of 90 laps. The next year, ECR netted another podium at Barber with Newgarden’s 3rd place finish.
  • The 90-lap Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. on Sunday, April 22.
JORDAN KING, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Qualified 19th: “I feel like we had the potential to be in the Top 10 and challenge to get through to the Fast 6. It’s a bit annoying in that sense, but the circuit changed a lot so the car was quite a bit different. It was difficult to get the lap time out of the car this afternoon, when this morning we seemed to show good promise. I am quite disappointed for obvious reasons, but it’s just one of those things!
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Qualified 17th: “Qualifying was pretty disappointing based on how everything went yesterday. The car just didn’t feel quite the same today. I’m not sure if it’s the rubber that’s been laid down or the heat, but both Jordan and I struggled this afternoon. This is something that we really need to work on and sort out for future sessions. It’s frustrating to be second one day and near the back the next, but we’ve got such a good group of guys here and the Fuzzy’s Vodka team working really hard. We’ll see what tomorrow brings, it might be a crazy race with the weather coming!”

ED CARPENTER RACING HEADS TO BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK FOR FIRST ROAD COURSE RACE OF 2018 SEASON

ECR Drivers Spencer Pigot and Jordan King Ready For Another Race Weekend INDIANAPOLIS (April 18, 2018) – Race Preview For the third time in three weeks, Ed Carpenter Racing is back to the track. This weekend, ECR will head to the 2.38-mile permanent road course of Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Spencer Pigot and Jordan…

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JORDAN KING ADVANCES TO ROUND 2 IN LONG BEACH QUALIFICATIONS

Rookie King Will Start 12th In Second Verizon IndyCar Series Race; Spencer Pigot Qualifies 18th LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2018) – Qualifying Notes For the second race in a row, British rookie Jordan King broke through the first round of qualifications. King navigated the difficult 1.968-mile, 12-turn street circuit and advanced through to the second…

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ED CARPENTER RACING EXCITED TO RETURN TO THE FAMOUS STREETS OF LONG BEACH

Spencer Pigot, Jordan King Ready to Build Upon Speed Shown In First Street Race Of The Season LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 11, 2018) – Race Preview After last weekend’s short oval race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ed Carpenter Racing has moved over to Southern California for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the location…

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ED CARPENTER FINISHES 7TH IN PHOENIX GRAND PRIX

ED CARPENTER FINISHES 7TH IN PHOENIX GRAND PRIX
Spencer Pigot Takes Checkered Flag in 14th In First Career Indy Car Short Oval Race
PHOENIX (April 7, 2018) – Race Notes
  • The first of six oval races on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar is in the books after tonight’s 250-lap Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. Team owner Ed Carpenter matched his finish from last year’s race, bringing the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet home in the 7th position. Spencer Pigot finished 14th in the first short oval Indy car race of his career in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
  • The Phoenix Grand Prix got off to a clean start, with the field of 23 cars falling into line around the one-mile oval of ISM Raceway. Carpenter picked up two positions on the start to run 16th while Pigot settled into 20th. The USAC Silver Crown series had held a race just prior to the Indy car event, leaving a tire compound on the track not immediately compatible to the Firestone Firehawks used in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Both Carpenter and Pigot struggled with grip until the midway point of their first runs until enough Firestone rubber had been laid down on the track surface.
  • Carpenter held steady in the 16th position throughout his first stint. With the leader only two cars behind, Pigot caught a lucky break with the first yellow on Lap 41 and remained on the lead lap. Both drivers made their first pit stops with the rest of the field on Lap 43. Carpenter picked up four positions on his stop and came out of the pits in 11th; Pigot gained two spots to run 18th.
  • The restart on Lap 50 started an extended period of green flag running as it remained green through Lap 228. Carpenter moved into the Top 10 one lap after the restart with a pass around Scott Dixon. Carpenter made his second pit stop on Lap 114 and after all cars had cycled through, he was running 7th. When Will Power had to pit after brushing the wall, he moved into the 6th position. Carpenter’s last full-service stop came on Lap 180 and he re-entered the race in 9th.
  • Pigot remained on the lead lap until his second pit stop on Lap 116, then fell one lap behind the leaders. He was keeping pace with cars running first, second and third when they began to make their way through lapped traffic. On Lap 140, Pigot got up into the marbles and a stream of cars was able to get around him over the ensuing laps, including one for position, dropping him to 17th. He maintained that position until the second and final caution flag of the race flew on Lap 229.
  • Carpenter used the yellow to pit for a fresh set of Firestone Firehawks for the final laps of the race. While the top three cars did not stop, Carpenter came out of the pits fourth of the cars that did stop. At the restart on Lap 243, Carpenter was running 7th while Pigot was 15th. Pigot had also stopped for new tires and with two laps to go, Pigot was able to pass Gabby Chaves for the 14th position. Carpenter engaged in battle with James Hinchcliffe who was on older tires. Though he was able to get a run on Hinchcliffe almost every lap, Carpenter was not able to complete the pass by the checkered flag and finished in the 7th position.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing will stay on the West Coast, moving to California early next week for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Pigot will be joined by Jordan King, road and street course driver for the No. 20. The third round of the Verizon IndyCar Series will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Finished 7th:  ““This was really a race where you had to race your own car. We were able to get a Top 10 out of it and stayed on the lead lap, which is really hard to do when you start at the back on a short oval. We were just trying to have a clean race, I felt like that would give us a chance to work forward and it mostly did. We just ran out of steam at the end. I screwed up a little bit on my in-lap on the second-to-last pit stop and that maybe cost us a position. Then, I just couldn’t get Hinch after that last restart. I really don’t like the blocking rules on ovals, I don’t think there’s a place for it in oval racing. We can’t seem to get away from it, but it is what it is. There’s a lot of positives to take away from this. The Fuzzy’s Vodka guys had great pit stops all night. We ended last season on some bad luck so it’s nice to be able to roll the car on the truck. We have a little more work to do on our short oval package, but I’ll take tonight’s finish.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Finished 14th: “That was definitely a difficult race. At the beginning, it was so tricky and I was really on edge. We made the car a bit better throughout the race. We just struggled with having the grip and balance to get close to guys and run in the pack after the peak grip of the tires wore off. The good things is we finished the race and brought the car home. Now we have to look forward to Long Beach and get back to running up at the front.”

QUALIFICATIONS COMPLETED FOR FIRST OVAL RACE OF 2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON

Spencer Pigot Will Start 15th in Tomorrow Night’s Phoenix Grand Prix; Team Owner Ed Carpenter Qualifies 18th PHOENIX (April 6, 2018) – Qualifying Notes The starting field has been set for the first oval race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. Team owner Ed Carpenter and full-time driver…

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FIRST OVAL RACE OF 2018 UP NEXT FOR ED CARPENTER RACING AT ISM RACEWAY

FIRST OVAL RACE OF 2018 UP NEXT FOR ED CARPENTER RACING AT ISM RACEWAY

Team Owner Ed Carpenter Back in the No. 20 To Kick Off 16th Season of IndyCar Racing; Spencer Pigot To Compete in First Oval Race For ECR

INDIANAPOLIS (April 3, 2018) – Preview Notes

Ed Carpenter Racing is heading to the one-mile oval of ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix for Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix, the second race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. Ed Carpenter will climb back behind the wheel of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for his first race since August of 2017. Spencer Pigot will compete in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet in his first oval race for Ed Carpenter Racing.

The Phoenix Grand Prix will mark the beginning of Carpenter’s 16th season of Indy car competition. Though he has now shifted his driving focus exclusively to oval events, Carpenter remains the only individual in the Verizon IndyCar Series who handles both the responsibility of driving the racecar and owning his own team. For the road and street course events, Carpenter hands the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet over to British newcomer Jordan King. In his Indy car debut, King set the track record for the streets of St. Petersburg and took the lead of the race only five laps in.

After sharing the No. 20 with Carpenter the past two seasons, Pigot has been elevated to ECR’s full-time driver of the No. 21 for the 2018 season. ISM Raceway will be a new track for Pigot, who has spent the majority of his Indy car career to date competing on road and street courses. Though Phoenix will be his first short-oval event in an Indy car, he has raced in the previous two Indianapolis 500-mile races. He has also tested at the low-banked tri-oval of ISM Raceway multiple times, including the two-day open test in early February.

Carpenter netted his best finish of the 2017 season last year at Phoenix, albeit with a great amount of perseverance. Only 17 laps into a two-hour practice session on Friday, a fuel leak was discovered on the No. 20. Without having a chance to run any laps in qualifying trim, Carpenter was forced to qualify conservatively and start the race 21st. Over the course of the 250-lap race Saturday night, Carpenter fought his way through the field to bring home a 7th place finish.

A pair of Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets will return to the track in Phoenix, but will appear different than the twin dark green cars from previous seasons. The new black, white and chrome look for the No. 20 debuted with King in St. Petersburg and will continue throughout the season. Though it has been spotted in tests, Pigot’s No. 21 will make it’s race weekend debut in the new bright green, white, and gold livery. Fuzzy’s Vodka has been with ECR since the team’s inception in 2012.

Though three weeks have passed since the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the ECR drivers have kept their skills sharp with ample on-track time. The weekend following St. Petersburg, Pigot resumed his endurance racing duties for Mazda Team Joest, leading Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring multiple times. Carpenter turned laps at Texas Motor Speedway in a Firestone tire test while Pigot and King participated in Verizon IndyCar Series Open Tests at Barber Motorsports Park and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix will be a two-day event, beginning with practice and qualifying on Friday, April 6. The 250-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 7, at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local).

ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “I am very excited to get my season started finally! The team has done a very good job getting prepared for this year and I am confident that we are ready for this first oval race. Phoenix always presents a tough challenge for the teams, but we are heading there to go fight for a win!”

SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “This will be my first time ever racing at Phoenix and it will be my first race on a short oval since Indy Lights in 2015, so there’s a lot to look forward to! I really enjoyed the challenges of the track at the Open Test back in February, it’s extremely fast. It’s very important to be precise with the car because the racing line is very narrow. If you’re not in the right place it will cost a lot of lap time. We made good progress at the test on the Fuzzy’s Vodka car which we hope will put us in a good spot this weekend. I’ve spent a lot of time with ECR the past two season watching and studying everything about oval racing, so it will be a nice change to be actually driving in the race!”

PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES TO BACK ED CARPENTER RACING ENTRY FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES TO BACK ED CARPENTER RACING ENTRY FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Spencer Pigot to Compete in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet in Four Events in 2018, Including Indianapolis 500

(INDIANAPOLIS) March 27, 2018 – Preferred Freezer Services announced today a continuation of their partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing for the fifth consecutive year. ECR’s No. 21 Chevrolet will showcase the classic blue and white Preferred Freezer Services colors at four Verizon IndyCar Series races this year, including the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Preferred Freezer Services (PFS), a global leader in advanced design and engineered temperature-controlled warehouses, first teamed up with Ed Carpenter Racing to field a second car for the team in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. The company has supported ECR’s Month of May program each year since, serving as the primary partner on five entries in the 500-mile race in the past four years. Of those five entries, four have yielded Top 10 finishes, including a 3rd place in 2016. After two seasons as the road and street course driver for ECR, Spencer Pigot has moved to the No. 21 in 2018 and will compete in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet.
“As I have been a part of Ed Carpenter Racing for the past couple of years, I know the history of Preferred Freezer Services with the team and I am honored to now drive a PFS car myself!” stated Pigot. “We are fortunate to have such great partner in PFS who has been continually committed to helping the team grow and succeed. I am also excited for that extra bit of luck the PFS colors tend to bring ECR at Indianapolis!”
The Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet will revert back to a predominately blue scheme, last seen on the No. 21 in the 2016 Indianapolis 500. The livery will reemerge on track for the first time at the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The No. 21 will also run as the Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet at the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, both held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Additionally, PFS will adorn Pigot’s car at the Honda Indy Toronto, the only international stop on the 2018 schedule. PFS will continue as an associate on the No. 21 for all other races this season.
Preferred Freezer Services offers the most modern, state-of-the-art, full-service temperature-controlled warehouses in the United States. PFS operates 37 facilities in nine regions nationwide and has just commenced construction on their 38th, a new Los Angeles-area facility named Big Bear. The company has also expanded internationally with cold storage warehouses in both China and Vietnam. Pigot will join ECR team owner Ed Carpenter on the annual visit to PFS’s headquarters in Chatham, New Jersey in late April.
The famous PFS polar bear will also adorn the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, driven by Carpenter during the six oval events. “It is great to have Preferred Freezer back and to carry them on our cars all year long,” remarked Carpenter. “It is always ‘cool’ to have the giant polar bear around. We are proud to have a PFS car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a fifth straight year!”
Next week, Ed Carpenter Racing will embark on a swing of three back-to-back race weekends. The next stop for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the first oval race of the year on April 7, held at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. Carpenter will race alongside Pigot in the Phoenix Grand Prix, which will be the first race of Carpenter’s 16th season of Indy car competition. The Speedway, Ind.-based team will remain on the West Coast for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13 before heading to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 22. British newcomer Jordan King will step into the No. 20 for the road and street course events, including Long Beach and Barber.

ED CARPENTER RACING SHOWS SPEED IN SEASON-OPENING FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

Jordan King Leads in Verizon IndyCar Series Debut; Spencer Pigot Passes Over 20 Cars   ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 11, 2018) – Race Notes The finishing positions for Ed Carpenter Racing’s pair of 24-year-olds were not indicative of the pace the two had today in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Jordan King raced…

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