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Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot Ready to Race Under the Lights at WWT Raceway on Saturday Night INDIANAPOLIS (August 20, 2019) – Race Preview Only one oval track remains on the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series schedule, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, located just across the river from St. Louis, MO. For team owner Ed Carpenter,…

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Checkered Flag Shown at Pocono Raceway After 128 Laps; Spencer Pigot’s Race Ends Early After Contact on Lap 40 LONG POND, Penn. (August 18, 2019) – Race Notes Ed Carpenter not only matched his best result of 2019 today, he also earned the 50th Top 10 finish of his NTT IndyCar Series career. The team…

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LONG POND, Penn. (August 17, 2019) – Saturday Notes
  • After the first practice session at Pocono Raceway was washed out, qualifications were cancelled for the ABC Supply 500 in favor of an extended practice this afternoon. With the change to the schedule, the starting grid for tomorrow’s 500-mile race has been set off entrant points. Spencer Pigot will roll off 12th while Ed Carpenter will start 15th.
  • Weather in the area prohibited this morning’s first practice from beginning at the scheduled time of 9:30 a.m. ET. Teams were allowed to move their cars back to the garages before the predicted rain storm reached the 2.5-mile triangular oval. As track drying efforts began, NTT IndyCar Series officials decided to scrap qualifying and have one longer practice. Per the INDYCAR Rule Book, the starting field would be set on entrant points. The No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet, driven by Carpenter on ovals and Ed Jones on road and street courses, currently sits 15th in entrant points. Pigot, in the No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet, is 12th.
  • In place of qualifying, drivers were given a two-hour practice session. Without the need to work on single-lap pace for qualifying, Ed Carpenter Racing was able to immediately begin race preparations and concentrate on improving the cars over the long runs. Carpenter turned 57 laps with a top speed of 213.207 miles per hour. Pigot was just a tick faster at 213.912 miles per hour on his 64th of 66 laps.
  • The 2018 edition of the ABC Supply 500 was Pigot’s first race at Pocono. Coming to the green flag, Pigot was struck from behind by another competitor. The contact sent Pigot spinning across the track, tapping the inside wall with the rear of his car. Since he was already several laps down, the No. 21 crew continued repairs during a lengthy red flag which began on Lap 8. By rejoining the race, Pigot gained six positions to run 16th. The decision was then made to retire the No. 21 from the event on Lap 17, feeling maximum points had been gained given the circumstances.
  • Carpenter has competed in each race since the NTT IndyCar Series returned to Pocono in 2013, bringing home a Top 10 finish last year. He was 10th at the time of the red flag; once the race resumed, Laps 12-200 remained green. Carpenter did not fall out of the Top 10 for the entire remainder of the event, despite having to hit a difficult fuel number during his last two stints in an effort to not make any additional pit stops. After 500 miles, Carpenter would earn a 10th place finish.
  • While the ABC Supply 500 is the second of the two 500-mile races this season, the first was the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May. ECR competed as a three-car team as Jones was entered alongside Carpenter and Pigot. The trio earned the highest average starting position of over a dozen teams in the race as they qualified second, third and fourth. For Carpenter, qualifying second marked the fifth time in seven years he would start first or second in the Indy 500. Pigot qualified next to Carpenter on the front row, his third starting position the highest of his career to date. Both would lead the prestigious race and Carpenter led the team with a 6th place result.
  • Pocono Raceway marks the first of three race weekends in a row for Pigot. After tomorrow’s race, ECR will make its way to World Wide Technology Raceway (formerly Gateway Motorsports Park) just across the river from St. Louis, MO. There, Carpenter will conclude his 2019 season on Saturday, August 24 as the 1.25-mile track is the last oval on this year’s schedule. Jones will be back behind the wheel of the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet for the Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, September 1.
  • Live coverage of the ABC Supply 500 will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. The green flag is scheduled to drop on the 200-lap race at 2:45 p.m. ET.

ED CARPENTER, No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet, Starting 15th: “It was an interesting practice session. Obviously, I would have liked to have had the SONAX Chevrolet higher up on the time sheets. I actually feel pretty good about the car – the way it’s driving, the way it handles and the pace over a long run. A session like this, it’s really hard to know what everyone was doing. We were on full tanks the whole time – was everyone running full tanks? – we don’t know. We’ll find out tomorrow. I feel better here than I have in past seasons heading into the race. I would have liked to have qualified. I think we do have more pace in the car than what the time sheets say if we were actually trying to qualify. But, we’ll start on entrant points and work our way through the field.”

SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet, Starting 12th: “We worked through a lot of changes today which was positive. The general feeling of the Autogeek Chevy in traffic isn’t too bad so we’ll look to make some small improvements for tomorrow. It’s unfortunate the rain caused the schedule to change so much, but we’re starting 12th so it could have been worse. Hopefully, we can find some more speed and work our way up throughout the race.”


Drivers Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot Focused on This Weekend’s 500-Mile Race at the Three-Turn Triangular Oval (INDIANAPOLIS) August 13, 2019 – Race Preview Following two weeks of preparation, the entire Ed Carpenter Racing team is ready to return to action this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Drivers Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot are set to take…

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SPENCER PIGOT RACES UP TO SEVENTH AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE Pigot Earns Second Top 10 Finish in One Week; Ed Jones Also Charges Forward To Finish 13th (LEXINGTON, Ohio) July 28, 2019 – Race Notes Picking up positions at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has not historically been an easy task. However, Ed Carpenter Racing’s…

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Despite Solid Practice Sessions, Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones Left Frustrated After Qualifying at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
(LEXINGTON, Ohio) July 27, 2019 – Qualifying Notes
  • With Spencer Pigot having one of the fastest cars leading into qualifying and Ed Jones making substantial improvements across all three practice sessions, both will have the cars underneath them to help them fight their way forward in tomorrow’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This afternoon’s qualification session left both frustrated as Pigot will start 13th in the Honda Indy 200 while Jones will roll off from the 18th position. Despite the setback, the Ed Carpenter Racing teammates are ready to move up through the field once the green flag flies.
  • The weekend had progressed in an upward fashion for Jones as he gained nearly two miles an hour of speed from Friday’s first practice to this morning’s Practice 3. His best lap came in at 122.706 mph, the 11th fastest lap of the session. Pigot was in the Top 10 in each of the three practice sessions, finishing Practice 1 and Practice 3 second on the charts. Pigot’s top speed also came this morning as he turned a lap of 123.608 mph, which was also the second fastest lap of the weekend to that point.
  • By finishing this morning’s practice with an even-numbered position on the timing sheets, Pigot was assigned to Round 1, Group 1. After a three lap run on black Firestone Firehawks, Pigot came into the pit lane in the second position. As other cars completed their runs on blacks, he fell to 7th. Three laps on sticker red Firehawks for the No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet did not yield any additional positions and Pigot would not advance to Round 2.
  • By virtue of an odd-numbered position in Practice 3, Jones was up next in Round 1, Group 2. He followed the same plan as Pigot, completing three laps on the black compound tires and three more on red tires. The No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet sat 9th after his laps on blacks, also remaining in the same spot after a run on reds. Though he did turn his fastest lap of the weekend at 122.829 mph, he would also not advance to Round 2.
  • This weekend has the NTT IndyCar Series at a third different type of track in three weeks. Two weeks ago in the streets of Toronto, Pigot and Jones earned the best street course qualifying positions by two ECR cars in the team’s history. Last weekend at the short oval of Iowa Speedway, team owner and oval driver Ed Carpenter climbed back into the No. 20 and surged up through the field after a disappointing qualifying session. Pigot too carved his way forward, extending ECR’s streak of Top 5 finishes at Iowa to seven consecutive years. Jones is back in the No. 20 to race alongside Pigot at Mid-Ohio, the natural terrain road course one hour north of Columbus, Ohio.
  • For the second year in a row, Pigot raced to the front of the pack at Iowa and gained the most positions of all competitors. After qualifying 19th, the 25-year-old finished the 300-lap race in the 5th spot as the checkered flag flew in the early hours of last Sunday morning. The result matched his best of the season as he also finished 5th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Two weeks later, he started a career-best 3rd in the Indianapolis 500. With his qualifying run 10 days ago in Toronto, Pigot has earned career-best starting positions this year at each type of track the series races on – ovals, road courses and street circuits.
  • As road and street course driver of the No. 20, Jones most recently competed in the Toronto street race on July 14. He qualified 6th, setting the fastest lap of all Round 1 qualifiers on his way to his second Firestone Fast 6 shootout of the year. The IMS road course is also home to Jones’s best finish of the year, where the 24-year-old followed up his first Fast 6 appearance with a 6th place finish. Following that race, he moved over to the No. 63 for the Indianapolis 500 and qualified a career-best fourth. With his qualifying effort, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolets would start second, third and fourth in the 500-mile race.
  • NTT IndyCar Series will kick off tomorrow’s race day with a half hour warm up session from 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET, streamed live on NBC Sports Gold. NBC will broadcast the Honda Indy 200 live from 4-6 p.m. ET. The race will feature 90 laps around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course with the green flag set to wave at 4:05 p.m. ET.
ED JONES, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet, Qualified 18th: “We certainly made improvements on the black tires over the course of the weekend. However, not being able to run the reds yesterday really cost us quite a bit as we didn’t know what to expect. It’s not usually very easy to overtake here but hopefully we are able to make some positions up.
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet, Qualified 13th: “Qualifying was really frustrating. We seemed to be really quick through the weekend, but we obviously didn’t have it there on red tires. We didn’t get a run on them yesterday, so that did not help us. We’ll have to take a look at it and see where we can improve for tomorrow.”


MID-OHIO MARKS THIRD TYPE OF TRACK IN THREE WEEKS FOR ED CARPENTER RACING Ed Jones and Spencer Pigot Return to Road Course Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (INDIANAPOLIS) July 23, 2019 – Preview Notes Up next for Ed Carpenter Racing is the drive over to Lexington, Ohio, home of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,…

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Pigot Races Through Iowa 300 Field to Finish 5th; Ed Carpenter’s Strong Run Comes to an Early End (NEWTON, Iowa) July 21, 2019 – Race Notes For the seventh time in the past seven years, an Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet finished inside the Top 5 at Iowa Speedway. Spencer Pigot followed up last year’s podium…

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ED CARPENTER RACING AIMING TO CONTINUE STREAK OF PODIUM FINISHES AT IOWA SPEEDWAY Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot Focused on Extending ECR’s Tally of Four Podiums in Four Years INDIANAPOLIS (July 16, 2019) – Race Preview Iowa Speedway, the shortest track on the schedule, has been a home of recurring success for Ed Carpenter Racing….

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Honda Indy Toronto Race Reports

GREEN FLAG CONDITIONS IN TORONTO TURN ED CARPENTER RACING’S DAY INTO A RACE TO SAVE FUEL Ed Jones Finishes 12th, Spencer Pigot in 15th Following Strong Qualifying Efforts For the Honda Indy Toronto (TORONTO) July 14, 2019 – Race Notes A strong qualifying effort by both Ed Carpenter Racing teammates did not translate over to…

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