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Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones Look Forward to Competing in New NTT IndyCar Series Event at COTA INDIANAPOLIS (March 19, 2019) – Race Preview Ed Carpenter Racing will compete one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year as Circuit of the Americas plays host to the INDYCAR Classic this weekend. The state-of-the-art motorsports facility,…

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Ed Jones’s First Race With ECR Cut Short After Contact With the Wall on Lap 26 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 10, 2019) – Race Notes After an off-season full of preparation, Ed Carpenter Racing was more than ready for today’s season opener. The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series began with the Firestone Grand Prix of St….

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Ed Jones and Spencer Pigot Fill Out Row 8 After Frustrating Qualifying Session For The Season Opener
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 9, 2019) – Qualifying Notes
  • The starting lineup for the first NTT IndyCar Series race of 2019 has been set and the two Autogeek Chevrolets from Ed Carpenter Racing will roll off side-by-side. In his first qualifying session as part of ECR, Ed Jones was not able to get a flying lap in as red flags made his track time all but nonexistent. Though conditions were similar to yesterday’s second practice where Spencer Pigot was very comfortable with his car, he fought the balance during his run today. Pigot’s best lap in qualifying was his fastest of the weekend, but he will start 16th tomorrow while Jones will be alongside in 15th.
  • Three practice sessions preceded today’s qualifying. Heading in to qualifications, Pigot had turned the 4th fastest lap of the weekend while Jones was 9th overall. Pigot’s best lap came in yesterday afternoon’s practice session, where his speed of 106.262 miles per hour was the the second-fastest lap of the day. Jones had his best lap this morning during Practice 3 at 106.058 miles per hour.
  • Following this morning’s practice, the field was split into two qualifying groups with even-numbered finishing positions assigned to Group 1 and odd-numbers to Group 2. Jones was first up in Round 1, starting the 10-minute session on a set of sticker black Firestone Firehawks. Just over two minutes in, the red flag came out for car stalled at the entrance to the pit lane. Jones came in for a set of sticker reds, but a second red flag flew almost immediately for another car into the tire barrier. His only recorded lap at speed was his out lap on the black tires, leaving him 8th on the charts.
  • Pigot was out next in Group 2. He turned three laps at speed on the black Firehawks before joining the rest of his group in a switch to sticker reds. His fastest lap on the reds was 106.318 miles per hour, his best of the weekend, but would also give him the 8th position in his group. As only the top six cars advance to the next round, neither Pigot or Jones would have a chance to improve their starting positions.
  • Jones, an Emirati born of British descent, will be racing the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet in the 12 road and street course events this year and the No. 64 in the Indianapolis 500. Jones made his NTT IndyCar Series debut on the streets of St. Petersburg in 2017 after winning the 2016 Indy Lights championship. A third place finish in his debut Indianapolis 500, coupled with his year-long performance, earned him 2017 Rookie of the Year honors. He followed those results up last year with podium finishes at Detroit and Long Beach in his sophomore season.
  • Pigot, from nearby Orlando, Fla., also made his debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. However, Pigot’s was one year earlier in 2016, following his 2015 Indy Lights championship. Pigot is ECR’s longest-tenured driver aside from team owner Ed Carpenter, driver of the No. 20 during the oval events. Pigot spent two seasons as road and street course driver of the No. 20 before being elevated to the team’s full-time No. 21 entry in 2018, a role which he has retained 2019. Tomorrow’s event will be his 40th NTT IndyCar Series race and 36th with ECR.
  • Florida-based has once again expanded their relationship with ECR. After serving as the primary partner on Pigot’s car at the season-opening racing in 2018, both the Nos. 20 and 21 will carry the colors of the car care superstore in this year’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Over the last 15 years, Autogeek has risen to become one of the most reputable and trusted sources for automotive detailing products and accessories. Through detailing how-to guides and instructional videos, Autogeek provides a wealth of car care know-how for detailers, hobbyists and car care enthusiasts.
  • Pigot and Jones will have one more opportunity to perfect their Autogeek Chevrolets in tomorrow morning‘s warm up session, scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m. ET. Live television coverage of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. The green flag will wave on the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season with the 110-lap race beginning at 1:37 p.m. ET.
ED JONES, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet: “Qualifying was super frustrating. We weren’t the only ones caught out by the red flags, but what hurts the most is that the team did a fantastic job over last night to improve the car. We were 6th this morning and the car felt great. Unfortunately, no one did a push lap, it was only out lap times. It’s disappointing, but as Sebastien (Bourdais) has shown us the last two years, you can start at the back and still win the race!”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet: “We just kind of missed the balance there on the red tires today. Unfortunately, the car wasn’t behaving like it did yesterday in second practice. We’ll go back to see where we can improve and get the car back to how it was. Hopefully, we’ll have a good race tomorrow for Autogeek and have a strong start of the season for Ed Carpenter Racing.”


Spencer Pigot to Embark on Fourth Season with ECR at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; Ed Jones Will Make First Start in No. 20 INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2019) – Race Preview A new NTT IndyCar Series season will begin this weekend in the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida with the Firestone Grand Prix….

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Jones Named as Road and Street Course Driver of No. 20, Will Compete in 2019 Indianapolis 500 in No. 64 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet
(INDIANAPOLIS) October 17, 2018 – Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa will combine their efforts to field Ed Jones in 13 of 17 events on the 2019 IndyCar Series schedule, team officials announced today. The 2019 season will see Jones compete in all road and street course events in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet. Additionally, ECR and Scuderia Corsa will field the No. 64 for Jones in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Jones will race alongside team owner Ed Carpenter, oval driver of the No. 20, and Spencer Pigot, full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet.
“Joining Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 IndyCar Series is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of!” remarked Jones. “Both ECR and Scuderia Corsa have been successful in their respective series and I feel the combination of forces will be greatly beneficial. I’m extremely excited to get underway!”
Born of English descent in Dubai, Jones began his racing career in local karting competitions at age 9. He moved to single seaters in 2011, climbing up the European ranks. In 2015, Jones shifted his focus to North America and transitioned to Indy Lights. The next year, he won the championship and secured himself a place in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series field. His first two Indy car races resulted in Top 10 finishes, but it was May when he burst onto the scene with a third-place finish in his Indianapolis 500 debut. His year-long performance with Dale Coyne Racing earned him 2017 Rookie of the Year honors. Driving for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018, Jones scored eight Top 10 finishes in the 13 races in which he was running at the finish. His sophomore season also featured two more podium celebrations with third place results at Long Beach and Detroit. The races which will make up the 23-year-old’s third season of Indy car competition will include the 12 road and street course events and the 2019 Indianapolis 500.
The No. 20 and the No. 64 entries for Jones are the result of a relationship between Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa. Scuderia Corsa’s partnership with ECR will be the next step in the Las Vegas-based team’s expansion into open-wheel racing. Scuderia Corsa was founded by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo in 2012 with the primary purpose of supporting racing needs of Ferrari clients. The team entered GT competition in 2013 and tasted success immediately, winning the championship in their first season. Numerous championships followed across multiple North American series, as have podium finishes in sport car racing’s most prestigious events and achieving more than 100 sportscar victories in only six years – including wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring, 10 Hours of Petit Le Mans and 6 Hours of Watkins Glen. Scuderia Corsa made their initial foray into open-wheel racing at the 2018 Indianapolis 500, aligning with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to field Oriol Servià in the No. 64. A bold strategy vaulted Servià to the front of the field, where he held the lead of the 500-mile race until only eight laps remained.
“As we expand our racing efforts in the IndyCar Series I couldn’t think of anyone better than Ed Jones and Ed Carpenter Racing. We are thrilled to join them!” stated Giacomo Mattioli, Scudeira Corsa Team Principal.
With his team’s newest driver solidified, Carpenter is more eager than ever to begin the 2019 season. “I am very excited to welcome Ed Jones to the ECR family, as well as Scuderia Corsa and Giacomo,” commented Carpenter. “I was very surprised when Ed became available at the end of the season. I look forward to working together to get ECR back in Victory Lane!”
Ed Carpenter Racing now retains two of the four most recent Indy Lights champions. Pigot’s 2015 Indy Lights championship was the precursor to Jones winning the same title in 2016. Pigot, from Orlando, Fla., has spent the majority of his Indy car career with Ed Carpenter Racing with only four of his 39 starts occurring outside of ECR. The 2019 season will be the 25-year-old’s fourth with ECR and second full-time in the No. 21. Team owner and Indianapolis native Carpenter, 37, will remain the oval driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet for his 17th year of Indy car competition. ECR will enter Carpenter, Pigot and Jones in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Jones moving to the No. 64 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet.
Jones is looking forward to joining ECR as the Indianapolis-based team makes another run at their hometown race. “Ed Carpenter Racing has shown amazing speed the last few years at the Indianapolis 500. You can always expect the ECR cars to be at the front,” said Jones. “I am really grateful for this chance and will do everything I can to make sure we, as a team, make the most of it!”
Formed in late 2011, ECR entered the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time in 2012. The team has shown versatility by earning seven wins on each style of track the series competes on – street and road courses, short ovals and speedways. The team currently boasts 25 Top 5 finishes, 19 of which have been podiums. When Carpenter earned the coveted first starting spot for the 2018 Indianapolis 500, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series became just the 10th driver in the 102-year history of the race to earn three or more pole positions. ECR Chevrolets have started on the front row of the Indy 500 in five of the past six events. In the previous three years, ECR has two Top 3 results in the 500-mile race, including Carpenter’s runner-up finish this year.
Jones will be trackside at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as Carpenter tests the No. 20 Chevrolet at the 2.5-mile oval. Ed Carpenter Racing is in the process of finalizing the remainder their off-season testing program, which will include Jones’s first time in the No. 20. The 2019 IndyCar Series season will open March 10 in the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on May 26, 2019.


King Concludes Rookie Campaign With 13th Place Finish; Spencer Pigot Sidelined with Gearbox Issue Near the Midway Point of Grand Prix of Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (September 16, 2018) – Race Notes
  • The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season concluded today after 85 laps around Sonoma Raceway’s 2.385-mile road course. Jordan King was forced to start last in today’s race, but gained the most positions of all drivers to finish 13th. Spencer Pigot’s strong run ended early when a gearbox issue concluded his season on only 47 laps into the race. He would be credited with a 24th place finish.
  • Though Pigot was in contention to advance in yesterday’s qualification session, he was bumped down after the checkered flag and would start today’s race in 17th. King was not able to get a lap in at speed on the red tires, suffering from a diagnosed and subsequently repaired engine issue. He would be forced to start from 25th, the last spot on the grid.
  • Pigot and King both started on black Firestone Firehawks, two of only three cars in the field to do so. By electing to do this, they were able to fulfill their minimum run on the black tires before being able to race on the red tires for the remainder of the event. Both came in to the pit lane on Lap 12 for their first set of sticker reds and vaulted up the order as other strategies began to play out. After all cars in the field had stopped, Pigot was up four positions to 13th while King was up nine to 16th.
  • On Lap 22, Pigot gained another position as he passed Tony Kanaan for the 12th spot. A handful of laps later, Pigot was given permission to burn extra fuel to make his way around Zach Veach before his next pit stop. On Lap 31, he made the pass for 11th. Pigot’s next pit stop came on Lap 35 for another set of sticker red tires. However, as he was getting back up to speed, he radioed in that he was experiencing an issue with the gearbox. He came into the pit lane where the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew discovered the car would not downshift and quickly replaced the gear stack. He rejoined the race on Lap 44, but it was short-lived. The replacement gear stack did not solve the problem and the No. 21 was taken behind the wall. Pigot would end the 2018 season with a 24th place finish.
  • King made his second stop on Lap 34, also for another set of red tires. After his stop, he was up to the 14th position. The first and only full-course caution of the race came on Lap 43. King did not need to stop under the yellow and took the Lap 49 restart from 13th. He dropped to 15th as he had to avoid cars making contact around him, then fell to 16th as Veach bumped him off course. Race control ordered Veach to give back the position due to avoidable contact, giving King back the 15th spot.
  • King brought the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet back into the pit lane for his final pit stop of the 2018 season on Lap 62. He still had a set of red tires remaining, which he was able to finish the race on. Even with saving fuel, he was able to make his way up back to 13th. He held off a late-race charge from Veach to keep the position until the checkered flag. The 12 positions he gained were the most of any driver in the field.
  • The 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season will begin on Sunday, March 10 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
JORDAN KING (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “The first couple of laps were uneventful really, I kind of wanted something to happen but nothing really did! It was really kind of follow-the-leader, which was a bit rubbish. I managed to get past (Max) Chilton, which then kind of started my race really. I was able to catch the group in front of me, but I was still down at the back of the field. We were on blacks, everyone else was on reds. We short-stopped the first stint and managed to jump a load of people. We had a really good couple of stints on red to gain track position and made it up to midfield. It was tricky at that restart, we almost crashed into about six people, there was so much going on! There’s a couple of war wounds on the car but it was good fun. It was one of those races where you had to dig deep into your box of magic tricks and work out how to drive fast but save fuel, save tires but overtake people, save fuel but not get overtaken. I enjoyed my last few hours of the season! Finishing 13th doesn’t look great but considering where had had to come from, the very back around a circuit that’s hard to overtake, we did a pretty good job!”
SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “It was a very unfortunate way to end the season with a gearbox issues that took us out of the race today. We had a pretty solid first half going and were able to make our way up. We had passed a handful of cars and it was looking like another comfortable Top 10 for us. Unfortunately, we left a lot of points out there. We definitely learned a lot this year and we’ll be putting our heads together in the offseason to come back even stronger next year.”


Spencer Pigot, Jordan King to Compete in Tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Sonoma as 2018 Season Comes to a Close
SONOMA, Calif. (September 15, 2018) – Qualifying Notes
  • Only 85 laps remain in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Sonoma. Spencer Pigot and Jordan King have completed their final qualifying session of the year, setting the starting grid for the season finale. Pigot will roll off from the inside of Row 9 in 17th. King will start 25th after he suffered a diagnosed engine issue during his qualifying run, which has since been repaired.
  • Pigot and King began 2018 with a pre-season test at Sonoma Raceway in early February. For Pigot, it was the first time he was in an Indy car in the new year; for King, it was his first time in an Indy car ever. The pair of 24-year-olds had not been on the 2.385-mile road course since then, but had three full practice sessions to prior to this afternoon’s qualification session.
  • Based on this morning’s third practice, Pigot was assigned to Round 1, Group 1 for qualifying. He began the 10-minute session on a set of black Firestone Firehawks, turning three laps before pitting for a set of the red tires. His first flying lap on the reds had him in contention to advance, but he was bumped down after the checkered flag and would end up 9th. As Group 1 times result in odd-numbered starting positions, Pigot will roll off 17th.
  • King was out next as Round 2 went green. He also started on the black tire compound, which he too turned three laps on. He came in for a set of reds, but on his out lap, he radioed in that he felt there was a problem with the car. He had to bring the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet back into the pit lane and was not able to turn a lap at speed on the red tires. He will start 25th as a result of the diagnosed engine issue which was repaired after qualifying.
  • The Grand Prix of Sonoma will be King’s 11th Verizon IndyCar Series start and will mark the end of his rookie campaign. Before joining Ed Carpenter Racing at the beginning of the year, King ascended the European open wheel ranks. In King’s Indy car debut, the season opening Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., he set the track record in qualifying, made the Firestone Fast 6 and took the lead of the race on only the fifth lap. Before he was sidelined today, King had advanced out of the first round of qualifications in half of the possible races this year.
  • Pigot will conclude his first full-time season of Indy car racing at Sonoma Raceway. He served as road and street course driver of the No. 20 in 2016 and 2017, then was elevated to ECR’s full-time entry, the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, for 2018. Earlier this week, it was announced Pigot will remain In the No. 21 for the 2019 season. Three of Pigot’s last six races have resulted in Top 6 finishes. He also started 17th in the most recent race at Portland International Raceway but drove through the field to finish 4th, the second-best finish of his career.
  • The 2018 season will conclude tomorrow with the championship-deciding Grand Prix of Sonoma, broadcast live on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET.
JORDAN KING (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “It was quite tricky really. We seemed quite strong, but starting our run on reds we had a problem. We had to come into the pits so I didn’t get to set a lap time on reds. I think we were going to be close to the cutoff time. It’s annoying when you can be inside the Top 10, but you end
up last! Tomorrow, it’s going to be a long race. I think it will be quite physical, the circuit seems quite demanding. It’s going to change a lot as the race goes on. Running both Firestone compounds, the black and reds, will be a balancing act on how you set up the car and how you drive. There are going to be a lot of variables!”
SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “We were trying to change the balance from this morning to get the car more where needed it to be, but we didn’t quite hit the nail on the head unfortunately. We haven’t done more than a handful of laps each outing so the race will be a bit of an unknown hopefully we can keep the tires underneath us and have a good, consistent car. It will be a tough starting position for the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, but it’s a long race. We’ve got a great team here and we’ll try our best to make our way up tomorrow.”


Pigot Will Remain Driver Of The No. 21 Chevrolet In His Fourth Season With ECR
(SONOMA, Calif.) September 13, 2018 – Spencer Pigot will remain behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Ed Carpenter Racing announced today. Pigot’s return to the No. 21 will mark his fourth year with the team and fourth season as a Verizon IndyCar Series driver. His first full-time campaign has included career-best qualifying and finishing positions on street courses, road courses and ovals, including his first podium result. Pigot will continue as the driver of the No. 21 for a second year and compete in all 17 events on the 2019 calendar.
“I’m extremely happy to be returning to Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2019 season! I have to thank Ed Carpenter, Stuart Reed and Tony George for giving me the opportunity to race for their team once again. I’m honored to represent our great partners of Fuzzy’s Vodka, Preferred Freezer Services, Direct Supply, Autogeek and everyone else that makes this possible,” stated Pigot. “It’s been great to compete in my first full season of Indy car racing this year and I look forward to building on that next year. We have a lot to look back on and learn from; we will be working hard over the offseason and will be able to hit the ground running when we get to next season’s opener in St. Pete!”
Pigot’s first full-time Verizon IndyCar Series season has been full of milestones. At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Pigot advanced in qualifying for the first time and turned in his best road course qualifying effort. Though the 24-year-old had competed in two previous Indianapolis 500s, the 2018 edition was his first with Ed Carpenter Racing. He made the prestigious Fast Nine Shootout for the pole position and would line up 6th, his best starting position to date. Three of Pigot’s last six races have resulted in the three strongest results of his career. His first Indy car podium came with a 2nd place at Iowa Speedway, the fourth consecutive year ECR has had a driver finish first or second at the short oval. A 6th place finish came at Gateway Motorsports Park, followed by Pigot’s best career road course finish one week later with a 4th place at Portland International Raceway. Each race featured Pigot battling his way through the field, continuing a trend he has become well-known for.
ECR team owner Ed Carpenter recognized Pigot’s talent immediately and is pleased with the progress Pigot has continually shown. “I am really happy to have Spencer back in the No. 21 for the 2019 season.  We have always believed that Spencer has the potential to compete for race wins and championships and he has really showed that in the back half of this season,” commented Carpenter.  “Hopefully we can break through this weekend at the season finale and get ECR back in the win column!”
The 2019 season will be Pigot’s fourth with Ed Carpenter Racing and second as the team’s full-time driver. His journey through the Road to Indy ranks saw the Orlando, Fla.-native become the winningest driver in the program’s history with four championships and 24 race wins. By virtue of claiming the 2015 Indy Lights championship, Pigot completed a three-race Indy car scholarship program in early 2016. He then joined ECR as road and street course driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet, retaining the role through the 2017 season. In 2018, he was subsequently elevated to the No. 21, the team’s full-time entry. All but four of Pigot’s 38 Verizon IndyCar Series starts have been with ECR. He continues to sharpen his skills by serving as an endurance driver for Mazda in the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship.
Pigot credits much of his successful transition into full-time Indy car racing to his teammate and team owner. While Carpenter split the No. 20 with Pigot in his first two seasons, 2018 was the first year the two raced alongside each other. “I’ve been able to learn so much from Ed, by him sharing his knowledge with me and just being on track with him. Even though there were several ovals I hadn’t raced an Indy car on prior to this year, Ed helped me feel like I was a stronger driver each time out,” said Pigot. Carpenter will continue to drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet on ovals in 2019 for what will be his 17th year of Indy car competition. The road and street course driver for the No. 20 will be announced at a later date.
Formed in late 2011, ECR entered the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time in 2012. The team has proven its versatility by collecting seven wins on each type of track the series competes on – street and road courses, short ovals and speedways. ECR Chevrolets have started on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 five of the past six years, including Carpenter’s three pole positions. When he earned the coveted first starting spot for the 2018 Indy 500, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series became just the 10th driver in the 102-year history of the race to earn three or more pole positions. The Indianapolis-based team has 25 Top 5 finishes to date, 19 of which have been podiums.
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will conclude this weekend with 85 laps around the natural terrain road course of Sonoma Raceway. The Grand Prix of Sonoma will take place on Sunday, September 16.


Spencer Pigot and Jordan King Look Forward Completing 2018 on a High Note INDIANAPOLIS (September 11, 2018) – Race Preview The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will conclude this Sunday with 85 laps around Sonoma Raceway. For Ed Carpenter Racing’s pair of 24-year-old drivers, the Grand Prix of Sonoma will provide an opportunity to finish…

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Pigot Earns Third Top 6 Finish in Six Races; Jordan King Caught by Untimely Caution and Finishes 15th

PORTLAND, Oregon (September 2, 2018) – Race Notes

  • Spencer Pigot knew he had a better car than his qualifying effort showed and he proved that today during the Grand Prix of Portland. Though he started 17th, Pigot continued a trend that he has become known for and raced his way all the way up to 4th. Jordan King, on a different strategy, was caught out by an untimely yellow flag and was forced to settle for a 15th place finishing position. It was the first race for both at Portland International Raceway as Indy car racing returned to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since 2007.
  • At the drop of the green flag, King started 12th while Pigot passed four cars in three turns to move from his starting position of 17th up to 13th. A five-car incident occurred just after the chicane on the opening lap. The accident occurred on driver’s left, Pigot and King went driver’s right and avoided the melee altogether. King was up to 7th and Pigot was 8th. At the restart on Lap 7, King picked off Jack Harvey for the 6th position. Later in the lap, pole sitter Will Power suddenly slowed on course, moving the pair of 24-year-olds up another position – King to 5th and Pigot to 7th.|
  • Pigot and King went to opposing strategies on Lap 20. Pigot brought his No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet into the pits for his first stop, switching from the primary black Firestone Firehawks he had started on to the alternate red tires. Pigot was 19th following his stop, but was ordered to give up the position to Carlos Munoz after Race Control deemed Pigot had blocked Munoz. King, who had started on the alternate red tires, was able to stretch his first load of fuel to Lap 31. He then came into the pit lane, choosing a scuffed set of red Firehawks for his second stint.
  • On Lap 43, Power made contact with the tire barrier, bringing out the second full course caution of the day. At the time of the caution, King was running 4th while Pigot was 7th, Pigot elected to use the yellow flag period to make his second pit stop, taking a set of sticker reds. He was 15th at the restart on Lap 47, however he used the fresh tires to his advantage and passed three cars in under two laps to move to 12th.
  • King picked up the third position as he passed Ryan Hunter-Reay on Lap 49. Pigot had moved up to 9th when the next yellow flag flew on Lap 55. This time, King had to use the caution to pit while Pigot did not. The Top 3 cars before the caution came out of the pits in 16th (Josef Newgarden), 17th (Alexander Rossi) and 18th (King). Rossi and Newgarden were able to move though a gaggle of slower cars after the Lap 60 restart, but the cars fanned out in front of King. By the time King was also able to get his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet through the group, Newgarden and Rossi had taken off.
  • With Pigot not pitting under the caution, he vaulted up to 5th. Race leader Hunter-Reay came in for a stop on Lap 71, moving Pigot to 4th. Santino Ferrucci slowed on track on Lap 75 and the top four cars, including Pigot, ducked into the pit lane in anticipation of the caution. The yellow flag did not fly until after they had completed their stops, cycling Pigot back to 6th. During the flurry of activity, King also came into the pit for his last stop and would come out 14th.
  • The Lap 81 restart saw Pigot execute a textbook pass around championship points leader Scott Dixon down the backstretch. Max Chilton, who did not stop under the yellow, had to pit on Lap 85. Pigot found himself back in the fourth position, chasing down Sebastien Bourdais. Pigot worked diligently to close the gap to Bourdais over the final 20 laps, but settled for 4th place.
  • After the strategy of the race had moved out of King’s favor, he worked to make the most of the situation. As all drivers have to complete at least two race laps on each compound of tires, he was forced to complete his final stint on a set of the primary black tires. Matheus Leist was able to overtake King with only two laps remaining, dropping King to 15th where he would finish the race.
  • Pigot’s 4th place finish comes on the heels of a 6th place just eight days ago at the short oval of Gateway Motorsports Park outside of St. Louis. He was the highest-finishing Chevrolet-powered driver in the Grand Prix of Portland. Today’s result is his third Top 6 finish in six races and is the second-best finish of his career. He finished 2nd at Iowa Speedway in early July, the first podium finish of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
  • The Ed Carpenter Racing team will enjoy a week off before heading to the season finale, the Grand Prix of Sonoma. The 2018 season will conclude at Sonoma Raceway on September 16.
JORDAN KING (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet), Finished 15th: “The race got off to a really solid start. I was overtaking people, shifting shapes, really cracking on. I had made it all the way up to P3 behind Alexander Rossi and was having good fun racing with him. Then the yellow came out and turned everything around. It was really unlucky timing as we were heading for a strong result. Fortunately, we’ve got Sonoma in two weeks’ time so I’m looking forward to getting back in the car.”
SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet), Finished 4th: “I’m really happy to end up 4th with the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet team. The start was kind of crazy! From starting 17th, I found myself up to 8th after Turn 1. That was a welcome surprise! After that, we had a few good stints and were able to pick off a few guys here and there, then the yellows fell in our favor. Right from the get-go, even on blacks, the car felt good. We had a lot of reds saved up and were able to put them to good use!”
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