King and Spencer Pigot Both Lead Honda Indy Toronto; Pigot Retires From Race In Closing Laps After Brush With Wall (TORONTO) July 15, 2018 – Race Notes Contact with the wall in morning warm-up had Jordan King’s Fuzzy’s Vodka crew hustling to make the grid for today’s Honda Indy Toronto, but King would reward their hard…
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Spencer Pigot Turns Top 5 Lap Times in Practice But Caught Out By Changing Track Conditions During Qualifying (TORONTO) July 14, 2018 – Qualifying Notes Jordan King’s quest for speed proved fruitful during qualifications for the Honda Indy Toronto this afternoon. Despite difficult track conditions, King was able to turn a lap over a mile an…
ED CARPENTER RACING AIMS TO CONTINUE PODIUM STREAK AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
- After a positive test at Iowa Speedway last week, Ed Carpenter Racing will return to the .875-mile tri-oval this weekend for the Iowa Corn 300. For each of the past three years, ECR has left Iowa Speedway with a podium finish and has had a driver inside the Top 5 for four consecutive years. Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot will work to continue that streak this weekend as they compete in the 300-lap race in a pair of Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets.
- Team owner Carpenter has been a competitor in all of but one Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway, with ten total starts to date. Four of Carpenter’s last six races at Iowa have concluded in Top 10 finishes. His highest result occurred in 2013, when he finished 4th after qualifying in the same position.
- Iowa Speedway will be a new track for Pigot, who is participating in a full Verizon IndyCar Series season for the first time this year. After sharing the No. 20 with Carpenter the past two seasons, the 24-year-old was elevated to ECR’s full-time driver of the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for 2018. Though Sunday’s race will be his first in an Indy car at Iowa, Pigot competed at the short oval in 2015 during his successful campaign for the Indy Lights championship. He also completed a one-day test at Iowa Speedway alongside Carpenter last week.
- In 2017, Carpenter started on the outside of the second row after qualifying 4th. He settled into the 5th position but struggled with a car that was lacking grip in between Turns 1 and 2. Carpenter attempted to make adjustments from inside the cockpit and discovered that the weight jacker had malfunctioned. All additional changes to the car had to be made by the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew on pit lane. Despite the handling issues, Carpenter persevered until the checkered flag and finished 12th.
- Two weeks ago at Road America, Pigot brought home his best result of the year with an 8th place finish. Carpenter, who completes exclusively on the oval events, recently won his third pole position for the Indianapolis 500. He led the most laps of all drivers in this year’s race before finishing second, his best result of the year and the highest Indy 500 finish of his career. In 2018’s first short oval race at Phoenix, Carpenter finished 7th.
- Ed Carpenter Racing drivers have stood on the first or second step of the podium at Iowa Speedway each of the past three years, leading a total of 431 laps in those events. The team earned a pair of second place finishes with Josef Newgarden in 2015 and JR Hildebrand in 2017. In 2016, the team put forth a dominating performance. Newgarden qualified second, took the lead on the first lap and led a total of 282 laps on his way to the team’s most recent victory.
- The Iowa Corn 300 will feature a practice session on Saturday, July 7, before qualifying that afternoon. NBC Sports Network will show qualifications live, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. Early Saturday evening, Carpenter and Pigot will have one final hour practice. Sunday’s 300-lap race will be shown live on NBCSN, beginning at 2 p.m. ET on July 8.
SPENCER PIGOT EARNS ANOTHER TOP 10 IN ROAD AMERICA
Pigot Finishes 8th; Jordan King Has Best Result of Rookie Year
(ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) June 24, 2018 – Race Notes
- Back at the site of his first Verizon IndyCar Series Top 10 finish, Spencer Pigot earned another today at Road America with an 8th place result. After an issue-free weekend, Jordan King brought home a 12th place finish. The finishing positions are the highest for both Ed Carpenter Racing drivers to date this season.
- For the second road course race in a row, Pigot advanced to Round 2 of qualifications as the starting field was set for the KOHLER Grand Prix. In qualifying for his third race at Road America, Pigot earned himself the 10th starting position. His teammate, Indy car newcomer King, rolled off 13th in his first race at the four-mile road course.
- At the green flag, Will Power, who was starting second, appeared to lose all power. Cars stacked up trying to avoid him, including Pigot who lost five positions and fell to 15th. King, on the other hand, was able to avoid the melee and jumped up three spots.
- By Lap 3, Pigot had already made up all the positions he had lost. Though he was tasked with saving fuel, he was still able to complete a pass on Marco Andretti and move into the 9th position. In a reversal of fortunes, King got off line and lost all of the positions he gained on the start, falling to 15th. As Sebastien Bourdais pulled until the pit lane with an issue, the two ECR drivers moved up a position.
- The pair of 24-year-olds made their first pit stops on Lap 13, both choosing to complete their second stints on a set of Firestone’s sticker black Firehawks. Pigot came in while running 8th and elected for no other changes. King had made his way back to 13th, his original starting position, and also took a front wing adjustment during his pit stop.
- After the entire field had made their first stops, Pigot sat 10th while King was 15th. Pigot set his fastest lap of the race on Lap 17, moving back around Andretti into the 9th position. As Tony Kanaan stopped on Lap 18, Pigot regained the 8th position and stayed there for the remainder of the stint. Meanwhile, King worked his way back forward and climbed to 12th.
- Again the two made their next pit stops on the same lap, Lap 27, both choosing scuffed reds. While Pigot had a clean stop, the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet stalled on King when he went to exit his pit box. Pigot cycled into 9th, but King dropped to 18th. King persisted, again moving his way into 12th.
- For the final stint of the race, Pigot chose a set of scuffed reds while King went with his remaining set of sticker reds. Both came in on the same lap once again, Lap 41. Quick work by the No. 21 Direct Supply crew vaulted Pigot up to 7th. King retained the 12th spot after all cars completed their final stops.
- Coming to the checkered flag on the final lap, Simon Pagenaud took advantage of his sticker red tires to get past Pigot for the 7th position. Pigot finished 8th, his best finish at Road America and second Top 10 finish in four races. King was successful at hitting his fuel number throughout the final stint and still kept his 12th place position. Pigot’s 8th place and King’s 12th place are the best finishes for each so far this season.
- King will hand the No. 20 back over to oval driver and team owner Ed Carpenter for the next race of the season, the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, July 8th. King will be back in the No. 20 for the Honda Indy Toronto the following weekend for the street course race on Sunday, July 15th. As full-time driver for ECR, Pigot will compete in both events. Additionally, Pigot will race in Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen next Sunday, July 1st in his role as an endurance driver for Mazda Team Joest.
Pigot Earns 10th Starting Position for Tomorrow’s KOHLER Grand Prix; Jordan King Qualifies 13th For First Race at Historic Road Course
(ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) June 23, 2018 – Qualifying Notes
- For the second time in his Verizon IndyCar Series career and the second road course race in a row, Spencer Pigot advanced to Round 2 of qualifications as the starting field was set for tomorrow’s KOHLER Grand Prix. In qualifying for his third race at Road America, Pigot earned himself the 10th starting position. Pigot’s Ed Carpenter Racing teammate, Indy car newcomer Jordan King, will roll off 13th for his first race at the fan-favorite Wisconsin road course.
- King entered the Road America weekend as one of the only drivers in the field that had not yet been on the track in any series. Without even test day at Road America to his name, he spent Friday’s first practice session familiarizing himself with the 4-mile road course. He turned 50 laps in his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet over the course of the three sessions, setting his fastest time during second practice on Friday at 139.016 miles per hour (mph).
- Pigot managed 45 laps during the three sessions with his fastest lap coming in Friday’sopening practice at 138.802 mph. The No. 21 Direct Supply crew worked throughout the combined two and a half hours of practice to dial in the set up of the car. Still, Pigot’s fastest lap had him only 18th on the weekend’s combined timing sheet heading into qualifying.
- Qualification groups are decided by the lap times in the practice session immediately preceding qualifying, assigning King to Group 1 and Pigot to Group 2. Because Road America is the longest circuit the Verizon IndyCar Series competes on, rounds that would normally be 10 minutes were extended to 12 minutes. The fastest six drivers from each segment would advance to the next round.
- When the green flag waved for Group 1, King immediately went out on a set of sticker black Firestone Firehawk tires. After two laps, he came into the pit lane for a switch to a new set of the softer, faster red tires. His fastest lap was his last at 139.300 mph, which landed him in the 6th position. The second-to-last car to receive the checkered flag, Will Power, bumped King from the top six fastest drivers. King dropped to 7th, just 0.0435 seconds away from advancing to Round 2. He has the 13th starting position for tomorrow’s race.
- Pigot started Group 2 on a set of sticker blacks as well. Keeping with the same plan as King, Pigot stopped after two laps for his own set of sticker reds. On his first lap at speed on the red tires, Pigot shot to the top of the scoring sheets at 139.732 mph. As other cars turned their final laps, Pigot sat 5th. He fell one position after the checkered flag to 6th; however, that was still enough to advance him to Round 2 of qualifications for the second time in his career.
- For Round 2, Pigot began on a set of scuffed black tires and made a pit stop after two laps for another set of sticker red tires. For the first time this weekend, Pigot broke the 140 mile-per-hour mark, setting a quick lap of 140.024 mph. He finished the 12-minute season in the 10th position, a mere one-tenth of a second off of moving up to the Firestone Fast 6.
- In a change from previous years, there will be no warm-up session tomorrow morning. The 55-lap KOHLER Grand Prix will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. local). The green flag is scheduled to drop at 1:12 p.m. ET (12:12 p.m. local).
Spencer Pigot Returns To Site Of First Verizon IndyCar Series Top 10 Finish; Jordan King To Compete In First Race in Elkhart Lake
(INDIANAPOLIS) June 19, 2018 – Race Preview
- Ed Carpenter Racing will spend the first official weekend of summer at Road America for the 10th round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Spread across 640 acres in Elkhart Lake, Wis., the legendary road course is a staple of North American road racing and is a favorite of many drivers. Rookie Jordan King will compete at the four-mile, 14-turn road course for the first time while Spencer Pigot is returning for his third KOHLER Grand Prix.
- This weekend, Pigot’s No. 21 Chevrolet will showcase the blue and white colors of longtime team partner Direct Supply. Headquartered in nearby Milwaukee, Direct Supply is the nation’s leading provider of equipment, eCommerce and service solutions for Senior Living. Direct Supply uses more than 30 years of experience to help build, equip and better run Senior Living communities across the country.
- Road America is the sixth of 10 venues King will race at in 2018 as road and street course driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. After ascending the European motorsports ranks, King has transitioned to Indy car racing and is in the midst of his debut season. He is competing on each circuit for the first time this year, including Road America. At the last road course race, the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, King reached the Firestone Fast 6 during qualifications for the second time in only four races.
- Pigot also turned in his best career road course qualifying effort at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, earning the 9th starting position. For the first time in ECR’s history, both team cars qualified in the top nine on a road course. Despite having two of the quickest cars leading up to race day, a goal of strong finishes for the pair of 24-year-olds was immediately interrupted by two different incidents on Lap 1.
- Four oval and street course races have occurred between the road course events of the INDYCAR Grand Prix and this weekend’s KOHLER Grand Prix. Pigot led the Indianapolis 500 after starting 6th, the best qualifying position of his Verizon IndyCar Series career. Team owner and No. 20 oval driver Ed Carpenter won his third pole position for the 500-mile race and led the most laps of all drivers on his way to a second-place finish. King stepped back into the No. 20 for the Detroit doubleheader, joining Pigot for two full-points paying races in two days on the Belle Isle street circuit. Pigot earned his first Top 10 finish of the year in Race 1 at Detroit before competing in his first 1.5-mile oval race at Texas Motor Speedway alongside Carpenter the next weekend. Last week was the first in 11 weeks where Ed Carpenter Racing had no on-track activity.
- Pigot scored the first Top 10 finish of his Verizon IndyCar Series career at Road America in his rookie year of 2016. In last year’s KOHLER Grand Prix, Pigot suffered from a mechanical issue which essentially made the car undriveable on two separate occasions. Because Road America is over four miles long, lengthy pit stops for repairs only dropped Pigot a half a lap behind the leader. A fortunate caution late in the race allowed Pigot to pack up with the rest of the field. Once he was with his competitors, he took advantage of a race car he had known to be quick all day. In the final seven laps of the race, Pigot made up five positions to finish 12th.
- The KOHLER Grand Prix will feature two practice sessions on Friday, a third practice session and knockout qualifying on Saturday and the 55-lap race on Sunday. NBC Sports Network will broadcast qualifying on Saturday, June 23 from 6:30-8 pm ET. Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix will be shown live on NBCSN, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 24.
SPENCER PIGOT FIGHTS THROUGH TO FINISH 11TH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Ed Carpenter’s Night Ends Early After Contact, Finishes 20th
- In his very first race at Texas Motor Speedway, Spencer Pigot brought home a hard-fought 11th place result. Team owner Ed Carpenter was credited with a 20th place finish after contact with another competitor on Lap 173 brought his race to an early end.
- After yesterday afternoon’s qualifications, Carpenter would start tonight’s DXC Technology 600 from the 14th position while Pigot would roll off two rows behind in 18th. Both gained positions at the drop of the green flag with Carpenter climbing to 12th and Pigot to 15th. The first yellow came out on Lap 7 as Matheus Leist’s car ignited and rolled to a stop in Turn 3.
- Pigot used the early yellow as an opportunity to dive into the pits to top off on fuel and get a fresh set of Firestone Firehawks. After his pit stop, he was back in 18th, his original starting position. Carpenter was also back to his starting position of 14th for the Lap 14 restart.
- Carpenter made his first pit stop on Lap 62 under green flag conditions, followed by a second stop on Lap 120. Despite battling understeer and a lack of grip throughout both stints, Carpenter had worked his way up to 11th after his second pit stop.
- As Pigot had stopped under the first caution, he cycled all the way up to third before his second stop on Lap 71. However, with cars who had already stopped so close behind, Pigot lost a lap on his pit stop and fell to 18th again. On Lap 123, race leader Robert Wickens passed Pigot, dropping him two laps behind the field. After Pigot’s third pit stop on Lap 130, he was 16th.
- Carpenter began to struggle tremendously with a lack of grip and the decision was made to pit him early in the pit window. He came in on Lap 160 from the 11th position and cycled back out in 16th, waiting for other cars to pit to regain his position. He set his fastest lap of the race on his fresh Firestone Firehawks on Lap 164. On Lap 173, Carpenter was outside of lead lap car Wickens when the two collided and spun into the Turn 3 wall. Both drivers were checked, cleared, and released by INDYCAR’s medical staff. Carpenter would finish 20th in his third race of the year.
- When Carpenter made his pit stop, Pigot moved in front of him to the 15th position. After Carpenter was retired from the event, Pigot was 14th. Pigot used the caution period to make a pit stop on Lap 182, maintaining his 14th place position. The final yellow flag of the race flew on Lap 205, eliminating two more cars from contention and moving Pigot up to 12th.
- Pigot became the beneficiary of a wave-around, getting one of his laps back. He came in on Lap 213 for a fresh set of tires and splash of fuel to finish the race. Pigot was then on a lap with only Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton. Pigot was quicker than Ed Jones, a lead lap car in between himself and Kimball, and worked around Jones with 13 laps to go. Though he gained on Kimball every lap, not enough time remained for Pigot to catch all the way up to Kimball. Pigot would finish 11th in his very first race at Texas Motor Speedway.
- The Ed Carpenter Racing team will get their first break in many weeks as the Verizon IndyCar Series has an off-weekend next weekend. Pigot will be back in the No. 21 car, carrying the colors of Direct Supply, for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America on June 24. Joining Pigot will Jordan King, road and street course driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Carpenter’s next race will be the oval race at Iowa Speedway, the Iowa Corn 300, on July 8.