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Verizon INDYCAR Series

Mar
12
Firestone Grand Prix
of St. Petersburg
Street
Apr
09
Toyota Grand Prix
of Long Beach
Street
Apr
23
Honda Indy Grand Prix
of Alabama
Road
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29
Phoenix
Grand Prix
Oval
May
13
INDYCAR
Grand Prix
Road
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28
101st Running of the
Indianapolis 500
Oval
Jun
03
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
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Street
Jun
04
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Race 2
Street
Jun
10
Rainguard Water Sealers
600
Oval
Jun
25
Kohler
Grand Prix
Road
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09
Iowa Corn
300
Oval
Jul
16
Honda Indy
Toronto
Street
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30
Honda Indy 200
at Mid-Ohio
Road
Aug
20
ABC Supply
500
Oval
Aug
26
Bommarito Automotive
Group 500
Oval
Sep
03
INDYCAR Grand Prix
at the Glen
Road
Sep
17
GoPro Grand Prix
of Sonoma
Road

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Jan
26-29
Rolex 24
at Daytona
Mar
15-18
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours
of Sebring
Jun 29
-Jul 2
Sahlen's Six Hours
of The Glen
Oct
4-7
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EVENTFUL DAY FOR ED CARPENTER RACING AT ROAD AMERICA

June 25, 2017

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Elkhart Lake, Wis. (June 25, 2017) - It was another eventful race day for Ed Carpenter Racing at Road America, the winding four-mile road course in Wisconsin referred to as America’s National Park of Speed. Spencer Pigot qualified 14th and raced his way up to 7th before a mechanical issue with the front suspension dropped him to the rear of the field. Even then, he persevered to bring home a 12th place finish. An untimely yellow caught JR Hildebrand on an alternate strategy, relegating him to a 16th place result. 

It was a game of tenths in qualifications yesterday for the KOHLER Grand Prix and both cars came up just shy of advancing to the second round. Pigot was only 0.09 seconds away from continuing on, while Hildebrand was 0.11 seconds back. Pigot started 55-lap race from the 14th position, while Hildebrand qualified 18th.
 
The action started early as Pigot lost part of the front wing on his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Chevrolet on Lap 2 following contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay. An unscheduled pit stop on a track with such a long distance would have dropped Pigot far behind the field, so he elected to stay out and continue driving the car with the damage. It was the correct call as the damage to the front wing did not prove to be too much of a hindrance, with Pigot making his way from 16th to 11th before his first scheduled stop.

Pigot made his first stop on Lap 12, taking two turns of front wing to compensate for the damage to the car. With the balance to the car restored, Pigot began his charge forward. He was up to 7th place before he made his second stop on Lap 24. Hildebrand had made his second pit stop six laps prior to Pigot’s. 

The first full course caution came out on Lap 29 for a spin and a stall by Takuma Sato in Turn 11. Hildebrand took advantage of the one lap of yellow to make his third pit stop of the race. Pigot did not need to pit, but radioed in just after the caution that he was encountering a mechanical issue with the front suspension that made the car too difficult to drive. He also pitted, albeit for a lengthy stop. The No. 20 crew quickly diagnosed and rectified the problem and Pigot rejoined the race in the 19th position. Hildebrand was 15th at the time of the restart on the following lap. 

Because of the duration of the repairs, Pigot was not able to catch up to the field before the green flag and spent his entire next stint approximately a half of a lap behind. Meanwhile, Hildebrand raced his way up to 11th. Both stopped again on Lap 42, their last scheduled stop of the race. Hildebrand chose to finish the race on black tires while Pigot took scuffed reds. 

The earlier mechanical issue reared it’s head again on Pigot’s stop, this time on the opposite side of the car. Since it was a green flag stop, Pigot was not able to make up any time and exited the pit lane just in front of the leaders. Luck was on Pigot’s side as the second full-course caution gave him the opportunity to not only catch up to the field, but also make another pit stop to inspect the suspension without losing any time. 

Once Pigot was back with the pack, he took advantage of a race car he had known to be quick all day. At the restart on Lap 48, he was the last car running at the rear of the field. In the final seven laps of the race, he made up five positions to finish 12th.