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Jordan King and Spencer Pigot Both Lead Honda Indy Toronto

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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JORDAN KING QUALIFIES 8TH FOR HIS FIRST RACE IN THE STREETS OF TORONTO

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…

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SPENCER PIGOT EARNS FIRST INDYCAR PODIUM WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

SPENCER PIGOT EARNS FIRST INDYCAR PODIUM WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
Fourth Podium in a Row for Ed Carpenter Racing at Iowa; Team Owner Ed Carpenter Secures Third Top 10 Finish of the Year
(NEWTON, Iowa) July 8, 2018 – Race Notes
  • In his first Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway, Spencer Pigot earned his first career podium finish. Pigot started 18th and raced all the way up to the 2nd position, also an Indy car career-best finish. Team owner Ed Carpenter, who has competed in the four oval events this season, earned his third Top 10 of the year in today’s Iowa Corn 300.
  • During yesterday afternoon’s qualification session, Carpenter secured the 9th starting position. It was the fifth time in the last six years that he has qualified inside the top ten. Pigot, who had competed at Iowa Speedway in Indy Lights but not yet in an Indy car, struggled with a lack grip throughout his qualifying run and started 18th.
  • Pigot’s charge to the front began immediately when he gained three positions during the first of today’s 300 laps. Meanwhile, Carpenter fell back to 15th in the opening laps but quickly settled in. With the field turning laps around 18 seconds, race leader Josef Newgarden caught up to Carpenter on Lap 30 and put him one lap down to the field. Carpenter gained one position back and was 14th at the time of his first pit stop on Lap 69. His Fuzzy’s Vodka crew went to work, gaining the No. 20 three positions.
  • Pigot continued to move forward, methodically picking off his competitors and working his way up to 11th. However, he was unable to keep the leader behind him and fell one lap down on Lap 49. With a car as quick as Newgarden’s, Pigot slotted in behind and stayed with Newgarden as he continued to work through traffic. Pigot worked his way up to 7th before making his first pit stop on Lap 73. After all cars had cycled through, not only had Pigot’s Fuzzy’s Vodka crew gained him two positions, he also found himself back on the lead lap.
  • By the 100th lap of the race, Carpenter had raced his way back into the Top 10. One lap later, Pigot passed Ryan Hunter-Reay for the 4th position. Pigot did not stop there, overtaking Simon Pagenaud on 113th lap to move into 3rd. The pair of Fuzzy’s Vodka drivers maintained their positions until the first yellow flag of the race flew on Lap 139 after Zach Veach brushed the wall. At the time of the caution, only four cars remained on the lead lap.
  • Both Carpenter and Pigot used the caution as a welcome opportunity to make their second pit stops. Pigot, still on the lead lap, was able to stop when the pits opened on Lap 142. Just like his first stop, he wanted no changes to the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Carpenter became the beneficiary of a wave around and found himself back on the lead lap as well. He was able pit from the 9th position on Lap 146, also taking only fuel and tires.
  • The race went back green on Lap 149, presenting Pigot with the opportunity to pass James Hinchcliffe for the second position. Hinchcliffe took the spot back four laps later and the two chased Newgarden through lapped traffic. That traffic worked against Pigot on Lap 171 as Takuma Sato was able to get by, dropping Pigot to 4th. Carpenter maintained his 9th position, deftly working his way through traffic and also holding off any challengers for position.
  • Another set of green flag stops followed. Pigot was the first of the two ECR Chevrolets to pit, coming in on Lap 222. Again his Fuzzy’s Vodka crew delivered, helping him pick up two more positions and vault from 4th to 2nd. Carpenter made what was scheduled to be his final stop just two laps later. With new tires, Carpenter set his fastest lap of the race on Lap 228.
  • On Lap 250, Hinchcliffe again passed Pigot, dropping him to 3rd. Six laps later, the eventual race winner Hinchcliffe took the lead of the race from Newgarden. While Pigot tried to catch up to Newgarden, then running second, he again caught lapped traffic. This time, Robert Wickens was able to slip by on Lap 279 and Pigot fell to 4th.
  • With six laps to go, the back end of Carpenter’s No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet began to step out on him. While correcting the car, Carpenter was hit by Sato, which actually straightened the car back out and Carpenter was able to continue. However, a piece of Carpenter’s front wing had broken off and landed in the racing line, necessitating a yellow. Under caution, Carpenter ducked into the pit lane on Lap 295 for a new front wing. Carpenter only lost one position with the pit stop and re-entered the field in the 10th position. Carpenter would take the checkered flag in that position, his third Top 10 finish in his four oval races this season.
  • The drivers running second (Newgarden) and third (Wickens) also stopped on Lap 297, gambling that the race would conclude under to green-flag conditions. As luck would have it for the No. 21 team, it did not. Pigot moved into the second position and as yellow and checkered flew, he earned his first career Verizon IndyCar Series podium.
  • Pigot has successfully continued Ed Carpenter Racing’s streak of podium finishes at Iowa Speedway. ECR drivers have stood on the first or second step of the podium after the Iowa Corn 300 each of the past four years. Additionally, ECR has had at least one driver inside the Top 5 for five consecutive years. With Carpenter’s 10th place, now nine of ECR’s 11 starts at Iowa Speedway have concluded in a Top 10 finish.
  • Next week, Ed Carpenter Racing will head north to Toronto for the only international stop on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The Honda Indy Toronto is the 12th of 17 races during the 2018 season and will be the final street circuit race of the year. Carpenter will hand the No. 20 back over to road and street course driver Jordan King, who will be competing in his first race in Canada. Pigot’s No. 21 will revert back to the blue and white Preferred Freezer Services livery last seen at the Indianapolis 500. The Honda Indy Toronto will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 15.
ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Finished 10th: “We didn’t get off the way we wanted to. We had a ton of understeer and started losing spots, but we were able to make adjustments and started getting spots back. We started off stints a little slowly, but the car got better as the stint went along and we could make up a lot of ground. That first stint really hurt us as we went from ninth back to 15th. We had to spend too much of the race digging out of that hole from the first stint. There were moments when I thought we had one of the better cars.
I’m really happy for Spencer to get a break-out run and get his first podium in an Indy car, it’s really good whole team. We all work really tight together as a unit. It is, however, getting a little annoying that my teammates keep getting the better of me here. (Laughs) The 21 team made a couple of decisions at the beginning of the race different than we did. I think that helped Spencer early, we were probably a little better late, but we had already lost too much ground by then. But like I said, good job to them. Both ECR cars in the Top 10 is a good thing on a day like today when you see a lot of teams struggling.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Finished 2nd: “What a race! Right from the get-go, I thought we had a good car based on how we were getting through traffic. As the stint went on, we just got stronger and stronger. To find our way up near the front was a little unexpected at first, but I’m really proud of everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing and Chevrolet. The Fuzzy’s Vodka car was great! We didn’t have a good day yesterday, but everyone kept their heads down and kept pushing and now we’re on the podium!”

ED CARPENTER QUALIFIES INSIDE THE TOP 10 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

ED CARPENTER QUALIFIES INSIDE THE TOP 10 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
ECR Team Owner Will Start 9th in Tomorrow’s Iowa Corn 300; Spencer Pigot Qualifies 18th
(NEWTON, Iowa) July 7, 2018 – Qualifying Notes
  • Qualifications are complete at Iowa Speedway and Ed Carpenter Racing is now focused on this evening’s final practice as preparations continue for the Iowa Corn 300. Ed Carpenter secured himself a starting position inside the Top 10 as he will roll off 9th for tomorrow’s 300-lap race. Teammate Spencer Pigot will start his first Indy car race at the .875-mile oval from the 18th position. The pair of Fuzzy’s Vodka drivers will have one final hour of practice tonight to dial in their race setups with the session streaming live on IndyCar.com from 6:45-7:45 p.m. ET (5:45-6:45 p.m. local).
  • Both Carpenter and Pigot participated in a one-day test at Iowa Speedway last week, which was Pigot’s first time on the short oval in an Indy car. This morning’s opening practice session took place in cooler temperatures than what drivers faced in qualifying. Pigot’s qualification simulation gave him the six-fastest lap at 181.083 miles per hour. Carpenter was only three-tenths of a second behind at 179.789 miles per hour, sitting 14th at the end of the one-hour session.
  • In a new rule for 2018, qualification order for oval events is set in reverse order of entrant points. Pigot was the 7th of 22 cars to qualify but struggled with grip in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet throughout his two-lap run. His average speed of 175.210 miles per hour will give him the 18th starting position for tomorrow’s 300-lap race.
  • Carpenter was the 11th competitor to make his qualifying run. His second lap was almost two miles an hour faster than his first, giving him a two-lap average of 178.717 miles per hour. He will start the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet from the inside of the fifth row in the 9th 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 tomorrow’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.
  • Carpenter, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, has been a competitor in all of but one Indy car 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.
  • Carpenter and Pigot are aiming to continue Ed Carpenter Racing’s streak of podium finishes at Iowa Speedway. ECR drivers have stood on the first or second step of the podium after the Iowa Corn 300 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 take place tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, July 8. The 300-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local). The green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:40 p.m. ET (1:40 p.m.local).
ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Qualified 9th: “It is difficult compared to last year! We are down over one thousand pounds of downforce from where we qualified in 2017. It’s a big difference. We were all running max downforce earlier, but track temp and air temp are both up and a lot of cars are struggling. If you would have said I would have had this lap time going in, I would have thought we’d be starting near the back! Conditions are so different than where they were this morning in practice.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Qualified 18th: “It was definitely tricky. This morning, we had a pretty good run and I was really happy with the Fuzzy’s Vodka car. This afternoon, we just didn’t really have the grip. I was struggling with front grip and also with rear grip on both ends of the track. Hopefully, we can find some more pace tonight.”

ED CARPENTER RACING AIMS TO CONTINUE PODIUM STREAK AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

ED CARPENTER RACING AIMS TO CONTINUE PODIUM STREAK AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot Hope to Extend ECR’s Run of Three Top 2 Results in Three Years
(INDIANAPOLIS) July 3, 2018 – Race Preview
  • 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.
ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “I am always excited to race at Iowa Speedway and be a part of the Iowa Corn 300! It is definitely a track where I have been comfortable and enjoyed racing at. It’s such a small track for our cars and how quick we can run. It’s a constant challenge, both physically and mentally. We were able to test last week and it gave us a good direction before we get back on track this weekend.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “I haven’t raced at Iowa Speedway since 2015 and that was in Indy Lights. I’m looking forward to the challenge of racing here in an Indy car this weekend! A pass can take four to five laps to get done while you’re running side by side, which is pretty unique for us. There’s not a lot of places we get to do that and as a driver, it’s a lot of fun. We tried a lot of things on the car at the test last week and have a good direction to work towards heading into the race. Hopefully, we can have a strong race in the Fuzzy’s Vodka car!”

SPENCER PIGOT EARNS ANOTHER TOP 10 IN ROAD AMERICA

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.
JORDAN KING, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Finished 12th: “I had a good start, I made up quite a good chunk of places on Lap 1. I went off line and then was just at the wrong place at the wrong time so annoyingly I lost everything that I made up. The changes we made overnight did improve the car, it just took a little while for me to get used to. It took me most of the first stint to get used to it, but after that our pace was actually pretty good. Other than the stall, if I didn’t mess that up, I think we would have been up in that group that Spencer (Pigot) was in. Not too bad in the end but a couple of small things cost us quite a lot of time on the track.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet, Finished 8th: ““We had a frustrating start, getting boxed it and not having anywhere to go when Will (Power) had his issue. We fell back quite a lot, but made up those positions and more throughout the first stint. The car was working really well for me! After that, we just tried to hit our fuel number and have clean stops, which we did. The Direct Supply crew did a great job for me! I would have like to have stayed seventh, but Simon (Pagenaud) had a good pass on me there at the end. Overall, it was a pretty solid weekend.”

SPENCER PIGOT ADVANCES TO ROUND 2 OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR SECOND ROAD COURSE RACE IN A ROW

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).
JORDAN KING, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Qualified 13th: “We’ve been making progress throughout the weekend, little steps at a time, and qualifying was our best session yet. The car is now performing within that half-second window of the front of the field. There’s always that last hundredth of time left to get so I’m a bit annoyed that we didn’t get it, but it was still a pretty good lap! I got as much as I could out of the car. There was just a little bit of oversteer out of Turn 12 and that’s probably the half a tenth that we needed to transfer. I would have like to have got through to the next round but it was still a decent effort considering how much progress we’ve made.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet, Qualified 10th: “Qualifying was definitely a solid improvement! It’s nice to have the Direct Supply car in the Top 10 to start the race tomorrow. We’ve been making pretty big changes every session and we hadn’t really found anything that worked until qualifying. We were struggling with the front of the car in some places and the rear of the car in other places, we just had to try and tack it down a little bit! Obviously it helped being on new tires and the reds, but the car has come alive – certainly a step in the right direction! To only be a tenth or so off the Fast 6, compared to where we were in practice, is a really good improvement. I’m happy with that, but we want to be higher up and we’ll try for that tomorrow!”

ED CARPENTER RACING EAGER TO KICK OFF SUMMER OF INDY CAR RACING WITH ROAD AMERICA

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.
JORDAN KING, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “I’ve been on the simulator twice now learning Road America, which was good as I learned what way everything goes! It looks like it might be quite a tough circuit, there are a couple of blind corners that will be difficult and also some elevation changes. Those always add another element of difficulty into the mix as you have to judge your distance by things other than being able to see where you’re going! It will be nice to get back on a road course after a bumpy street course! Overall, I’m looking forward to Road America, it should be a good challenge!”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet: “Road America is always a track I look forward to going to. It’s one of the best venues on our schedule, for sure! I’ve always enjoyed it, ever since I started racing there in Skip Barber, and it’s a great place to drive an Indy car around. It’s the hometown race for our partner Direct Supply and we’re really excited to have them on board. Hopefully we can get a good finish for them and the whole ECR team!”

SPENCER PIGOT FIGHTS THROUGH TO FINISH 11TH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

SPENCER PIGOT FIGHTS THROUGH TO FINISH 11TH AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Ed Carpenter’s Night Ends Early After Contact, Finishes 20th

(FORT WORTH, Texas) June 9, 2018 – Race Notes
  • 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.
ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: ““It was a mistake. I knew Robby (Robert Wickens) was coming. I thought I could close the door, but it was a big mistake on my part. He was a lead lap car. We were having a bad day, we just didn’t have it this weekend. We just could never get the balance right where it needed to be. I made it worse by making a mistake like that so, my apologies to him. I know it doesn’t mean much now. I feel bad for those guys. I feel bad for my guys. The night certainly didn’t need to end like this. It’s a mistake on me, and I’ll have to come back and get ‘em in Iowa.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “It was a tough race. Throughout the stints, the balance was changing quite a lot so I had to try and stay on top of that. At the end of the day, we were missing a little bit but we hung in there. The guys did a great job with strategy and in the pits to keep us in the fight and finishing 11th was probably better than we expected at the beginning of the race! Overall, I’m just happy to get through it and I learned a lot tonight.”

QUALIFICATIONS COMPLETE FOR TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NIGHT RACE

QUALIFICATIONS COMPLETE FOR TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NIGHT RACE
Team Owner Ed Carpenter Will Start 14th in Tomorrow Night’s DXC Technology 600; Spencer Pigot Qualifies 18th
(FORT WORTH, Texas) June 8, 2018 – Qualifying Notes
  • The starting field has been set for the third oval race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the DXC Technology 600. Team owner Ed Carpenter and full-time driver Spencer Pigot improved their speeds from this afternoon’s practice session to qualifying and had an additional hour of practice tonight to perfect the set ups of their Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets. Carpenter will start 14th tomorrow night’s 248-lap race at Texas Motor Speedway while Pigot will roll off 18th.
  • The first and only practice session prior to qualifying took place early this afternoon with hot and windy conditions throughout. The first half an hour was dedicated to scuffing tires for Firestone and was then followed by an hour of open practice. Carpenter’s quickest lap came in at 216.944 miles per hour on his 34th of 57 practice laps. The best lap for Pigot was his 70th of 72 at 216.261 miles per hour.
  • The starting lineup for tomorrow night’s DXC Technology 600 was set by the average time of each driver’s two-lap run. In a new rule for 2018, qualification order for oval events is set in reverse order of entrant points. Pigot was 6th out to qualify while Carpenter was 13th in line.
  • Pigot’s average speed over qualifying was 216.895 miles per hour and he will start the bright green No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet 18th in his first race at Texas Motor Speedway. Carpenter qualified his black and chrome No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet in the 14th position after navigating the 1.5-mile oval with an average speed of 218.057 miles per hour.
  • An hour-long final practice session finished out the day. Carpenter and Pigot did not focus on outright speed; instead, they used session to work on their race setups and the handling of their cars in traffic. Carpenter turned 44 laps in final practice; Pigot turned 73.
  • As Carpenter has shifted his driving focus exclusively to the oval events, Texas will be his third of six races this year. The 37-year-old is returning to the site of his most recent win as his No. 20 was the car to beat at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. Carpenter led 66 of the final 67 laps and stretched his lead to over 14 seconds at one point. His victory that night was his was his third career win in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
  • Texas Motor Speedway will be a new track for Pigot, who is competing 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 for 2018. Though Saturday night will be his first race at Texas, he has tested the No. 21 at the high-banked oval twice and now has 145 laps of practice under his belt.
  • Carpenter, the only owner/driver in IndyCar, will racing the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet two weeks after a career-best Indianapolis 500 performance. In May, Carpenter became just the 10th driver in the history of the Indy 500 to win three or more pole positions when he earned the first starting position for the third time. He led the most laps of all drivers (65) on his way a runner-up finish in the 102nd running of the 500-mile classic. Of Carpenter’s 15 Indianapolis 500 starts, this year’s second place was the highest of his career.
ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “The first half of practice earlier, I felt like we were really good. Then as people starting doing (qualifying simulations), we kind of fell behind. We took a little bit of a swing at it there in qualifying and just missed the balance. Ultimately, I think the speed is there. I wasn’t flat, I was lifting in (Turn) 1 and 2 for understeer. However, I thought the car was really good on long runs. I’ve struggled here in qualifying and gotten to the front before, that’s what we will do tomorrow.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet: “It’s definitely a lot harder to drive here today in these conditions than it was in the tests. We had a little bit too much understeer in (Turns) 1 and 2 that made me have to get out of the throttle. We’re going to have our work cut out for us tomorrow night, but hopefully, we’ll make good progress in tonight’s final practice.”
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