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ED CARPENTER RACING PREPARED FOR THE 103RD RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

Final Indy 500 Practice Complete; Focus Has Now Shifted to Sunday’s 500-Mile Race INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2019) – Indianapolis 500 Race Preview The next time Ed Carpenter Racing’s three Chevrolet-powered Indy cars take to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, it will be for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Team owner Ed Carpenter…

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ED CARPENTER RACING EARNS STARTING POSITIONS TWO, THREE AND FOUR FOR THE 2019 INDIANAPOLIS 500

Ed Carpenter Qualifies 2nd, Spencer Pigot Will Start 3rd, Ed Jones to Roll Off 4th in Next Sunday’s 500-Mile Race INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2019) – Indianapolis 500 Fast Nine Qualifying Notes For the sixth time in seven years, Ed Carpenter Racing will have a front row starting position for the Indianapolis 500; but for the…

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2019) – Indianapolis 500 Day 1 Qualifying Notes

On May 26, three of the top nine starting positions in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be filled by Ed Carpenter Racing’s Chevrolets. Team owner Ed Carpenter, full-time driver Spencer Pigot and team newcomer Ed Jones were amongst the nine fastest qualifiers today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As such, each secured…

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ED CARPENTER RACING READY FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFICATIONS

Fast Friday Practice Complete; Two-Day Qualifying Format Begins Tomorrow INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2019) – Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Preview After four days and 2,120 miles of practice, Ed Carpenter Racing is prepared for qualifications for the 2019 Indianapolis 500. Beginning tomorrow and concluding with a Fast Nine Shootout for the pole position on Sunday, the starting…

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ED CARPENTER RACING AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

A PAIR OF TOP 6 FINISHES FOR ED CARPENTER RACING AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY Best Results of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Season to Date for Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2019) – Race Notes The Ed Carpenter Racing teammates of Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones brought home their best finishes…

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INDYCAR GrandPrix Qualifying Notes

ED JONES REACHES FIRESTONE FAST 6 AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY Jones Will Start 5th, Pigot Qualifies 12th as Both Ed Carpenter Racing Drivers Advance in Qualifying INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2019) – Qualifying Notes Ed Jones has solidified his best starting position of the year for tomorrow’s INDYCAR Grand Prix. Jones will start 5th in…

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ED CARPENTER RACING LOOKING FOR A STRONG START TO THE MONTH OF MAY

On-Track Activity Begins This Weekend with the INDYCAR Grand Prix INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2019) – Race Preview Opening weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the INDYCAR Grand Prix, the road course race which winds through the infield and incorporates portions of the famous oval. Ed Carpenter Racing will begin the month of…

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PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES TO BE FEATURED ON ED CARPENTER’S 2019 INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRY

Longtime Ed Carpenter Racing Partner Moves to Team Owner’s No. 20 for the First Time   (INDIANAPOLIS) April 23, 2019 – Preferred Freezer Services announced today a continuation of their partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing for a sixth consecutive year. New for 2019, the only owner/driver in the NTT IndyCar Series will be behind the wheel…

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ED CARPENTER RACING DRIVERS TAKE CHECKERED FLAG IN ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2019) – Race Notes
  • Both Ed Carpenter Racing drivers were confident in the quality of their Chevrolets for today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, but neither had luck on their side. A first lap incident collected Spencer Pigot, but with minimal damage, he was able to continue and finish the race in 18th. Ed Jones was on a solid three-stop strategy before a stall in the pit lane dropped him one lap behind the field as well. He finished 16th.
  • Pigot was the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in this morning’s warm up session, but would not be able to showcase that speed at the start of the 85-lap race. Several cars in front of him made contact in the tight Turn 2 fountain area. With nowhere to go, Pigot bumped a stopped car and the No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet stalled. By the time Pigot’s car was re-fired, he was one lap down to the field. The damage to the car necessitated a front wing change, which was completed on Lap 3 and Pigot rejoined the race.
  • Jones held his starting position of 17th on the opening lap, then gained one on the Lap 4 restart. He continued running 16th until his first pit stop. He brought the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet in on Lap 10 for a switch to Firestone’s red Firehawk tires after starting the race on blacks. Committed to a three-stop strategy, Jones would have to run 19th until the leaders began making their first pit stops.
  • On pace with the front running cars, Pigot had raced his way back up to a position that would have had him able to regain his lap should a yellow come out. It looked like the break was coming as a car stalled in Turn 1, but it was handled as a local yellow. Pigot made his second full-service pit stop on Lap 28.
  • Jones cycled his way forward as the cars on two-stop strategies made their first stops. He was up to 12th by the time he had to make his second stop on Lap 33. As he went to exit his pit box, the car stalled. The No. 20 crew worked quickly to restart the car, but the extra time in pit lane would mean that Jones too would fall one lap behind the leaders.
  • For the next stint, Jones ran 18th while Pigot was 20th, albeit on different ends of the track. Both selected reds for the closing laps of the race. Pigot made his final pit stop on Lap 55, while Jones came in four laps later. After the entire field had come in for the last time, Jones was 17th and Pigot was 18th.
  • Neither driver would have the opportunity to gain their lap back as race continued caution-free until the checkered flag. With a car in front of Jones having to pit for a splash of fuel with only three laps to go, he picked up one more position. Jones would finish 16th while Pigot came home in 18th.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing has now shifted their focus towards the Month of May. Pigot and Jones will be joined by team owner Ed Carpenter as all three will test at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on April 24. The next race for the NTT IndyCar Series will be the INDYCAR Grand Prix, contested on the 2.439-mile road course at IMS. It will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m.
ED JONES, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet, Finished 16th: “It was one of those situations today where we needed to try something a bit different to make things work. We needed a bit of luck on our side as well. Unfortunately, things didn’t play out that way. On the upside, we made progress with the car every session this weekend and ended in a better spot than where we started. That’s a positive. Going into the two races at Indianapolis, ECR has solid cars there so we should have two solid races headed our way!
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet, Finished 18th: “It was a very unfortunate start to the race. We got caught up in the mess that was going on in front of me and stalled the car after some contact. We went a lap down and from there, just had to try and claw our way back as much as we could. It’s frustrating because it seemed like we were actually going pretty quick and had a good racecar. If we had been able to stay on the lead lap at the beginning, it would have been a lot better, but that’s not the way it went. We’ll come back stronger next time.”

ED CARPENTER RACING SHIFTS FOCUS TO TOMORROW’S RACE AFTER TOUGH QUALIFYING SESSION IN LONG BEACH

ED CARPENTER RACING SHIFTS FOCUS TO TOMORROW’S RACE AFTER TOUGH QUALIFYING SESSION IN LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2019) – Qualifying Notes
  • The starting field has been set for the iconic Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, including Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Jones and Spencer Pigot. The Indianapolis-based team is looking forward to the opportunity to turn their weekend around after a tough qualifying session for tomorrow’s 85-lap race. Ed Jones will start 17th in the downtown city streets of Long Beach, Calif. while Spencer Pigot will roll off 23rd.
  • Three practice sessions preceded this afternoon’s qualifying session. Pigot turned 46 laps, with his quickest coming in Practice 3 at 104.317 miles per hour (mph). It was over a mile and hour faster than his best lap in the weekend’s opening practice. Jones found over two miles an hour of speed in 49 laps from Practice 1 to Practice 3, turning a quick lap this morning at 104.352 mph.
  • Qualification groups are decided by the practice session prior to qualifications. With an odd number finishing position in Practice 3, Pigot was assigned to Group 2 while Jones, with an even numbered finishing position, was out first in Group 1.
  • Jones would start the 10 minute session on a set of sticker black Firestone Firehawk tires, completing two laps before pitting for sticker red tires. Timing was not on his side as multiple cars exited the pit lane right in front his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet, slowing his first lap on reds. He would not have the opportunity to record a second lap as a red flag came out and ended the session. He ended Round 1, Group 1 in 8th with a lap of 103.020 mph.
  • Seeing how the red flag affected the outcome of Group 1, Pigot’s No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet crew quickly switched over to a set of sticker reds. After two laps, he came in to the pit lane for a second set of reds. His lap of 104.378 mph was his fastest of the weekend, but he struggled with overall grip during both runs. Pigot would finish Round 1, Group 2 in 12th.
  • NBC Sports Network will begin broadcasting the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach live at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT). The green flag will wave for the fourth race of the NTT IndyCar Series season at 4:42 p.m. ET (1:42 p.m. PT).

ED JONES, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet: “We tried to change up the strategy a bit to try and avoid getting affected by a red flag, as that has happened in a few previous qualifying sessions. We didn’t get to show our potential on black tires, our third lap was going to be our quickest but we came in early for reds. Because we stopped early, our first lap on reds was affected by cars coming out of the pit lane in front of us. On the second lap, the red flag came out. By doing what seemed like the right thing, in hindsight, created another issue for us. I don’t know how much father up we would have been but, but one of the worst things is when you don’t get to see what your potential is. It seems we have improved every session this weekend, so I feel like we will have a strong car for the race and should be able to move forward quite a bit.”

 

SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet: “We’ve been chasing a lot of things this weekend, unfortunately it’s not just one thing we are looking for. We’ve been trying a lot of different things but haven’t been able to hit the nail on the head yet. We’re going to have a long day tomorrow, but hopefully we’ll make some solid improvements to the car overnight, maybe get creative with strategy, and see what we can do.”

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