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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.”

ED CARPENTER RACING READY FOR A CHANGE OF FORTUNE IN STREETS OF LONG BEACH

Ed Jones, Spencer Pigot Will Compete in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach This Weekend INDIANAPOLIS (April 9, 2019) – Race Preview Just days after competing on the flowing road course of Barber Motorsports Park, Ed Carpenter Racing will shift gears to a tight street circuit across the country. The Acura Grand Prix of Long…

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ED CARPENTER RACING AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

PROMISING WEEKEND ENDS IN DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ED CARPENTER RACING AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK Spencer Pigot Finishes 17th, Ed Jones Takes Checkered Flag in 19th in Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama LEEDS, Ala. (April 7, 2019) – Race Notes What was shaping up to be a promising day for Ed Carpenter Racing went away two-thirds…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying Report

SPENCER PIGOT MAKES FIRST FIRESTONE FAST 6 APPEARANCE; MATCHES CAREER-BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT Pigot Will Start 6th in Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama; Ed Jones Qualifies 21st LEEDS, Ala. (April 6, 2019) – Qualifying Notes For the first time in his NTT IndyCar Series career, Spencer Pigot advanced to the Firestone Fast 6 and will…

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ED CARPENTER RACING HOPEFUL TO REPEAT PREVIOUS SUCCESSES AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

Spencer Pigot, Ed Jones and Ed Carpenter Racing All Former Winners at Alabama Road Course INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2019) – Race Preview Ed Carpenter Racing and its drivers are heading back to a circuit where each is familiar with the top step of the podium. With Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones collecting wins on their…

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CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS: ED CARPENTER RACING RACE REPORT

EVENTFUL DAY AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS FOR ED CARPENTER RACING Spencer Pigot Fights Back to 11th Place Finish for the Second Race in a Row; Ed Jones Perseveres to Finish 14th AUSTIN, Texas (March 24, 2019) – Race Notes The first NTT IndyCar Series race at Circuit of the Americas ended up being an…

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QUALIFYING RUNS FOR BOTH ED CARPENTER RACING DRIVERS THWARTED BY RED FLAGS

Ed Jones Will Start 18th, Spencer Pigot Starting 19th After Flying Laps for Both Invalidated AUSTIN, Texas (March 23, 2019) – Qualifying Notes In an unfortunate twist to qualifying for the INDYCAR Classic at Circuit of the Americas, both of Ed Carpenter Racing’s drivers were caught out by identical red flag situations in two different…

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ED CARPENTER RACING READY TO RACE AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS FOR THE FIRST TIME

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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SPENCER PIGOT FIGHTS BACK TO 11TH PLACE FINISH IN SEASON OPENER

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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