Hildebrand Misses Out On A Top Ten Finish
Ed Carpenter Racing endured a tough day at the Mid-Ohio sports car course in the Honda Indy 200.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet started the race from 19th place on the grid and lap 18 he pitted when Ryan Hunter Reay and Alexander Rossi collided with Hunter Reay spinning when ECR expected a full-course caution.
The caution didn’t come and at the time Hildebrand was running in third place but pitted when the pit-lane was closed which meant he was forced to return to pit-road a lap later and as a result lost out on track.
Speaking following the race, Hildebrand commented by saying:
I’m just super frustrated and bummed for my Fuzzy’s Vodka guys! We started on blacks and were able to run long, then when we got on our first set of reds we were still running long and able to save fuel. I felt like I could have saved even more than I needed to! Everything was looking pretty good, then we sort of got hosed by our own success in a way. We had been saving fuel and were going longer than the cars around us; we basically got caught out by staying out too long. A yellow came out and we had to stop under a closed pit. Even just not making it in before that yellow would have put us all the way to the back of the lead lap anyway, but then, to add insult to injury, we had some sort of mechanical malfunction with the fuel probe and didn’t get all of the fuel in. We had to pit again under green and just cruised around on our own until the end. We can feel good about putting ourselves in a good spot and bouncing back from what was a pretty tough weekend all around. We’ve got a little bit of a break now, then we’ll see what we have in Pocono.
Spencer Pigot pitted for a new rear wing after suffering damage early in the race. Having started from 16th place, the Orlando native finished in 18th place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
First of all, it was great to even make the start of the race. All of guys did an amazing job building up a spare car for me in just a few hours, so a huge thanks to them. As far as the race, we had some damage to the rear of the car at the start that really didn’t make it easy. Either way, I don’t think it was going to be our day. I’m frustrated with how it all went, but hopefully the 20 car guys can rebound in Pocono with Ed (Carpenter) and I’ll jump back in at Watkins Glen.
Pigot will now step out of the No.20 Chevrolet with team owner Ed Carpenter racing in for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 with Pigot returning for the Indy Grand Prix at the Glen.