A Tough Qualifying For Ed Carpenter Racing

Ed Jones waits to go out on track during NTT IndyCar Spring Training at COTA
 Ed Jones waits to go out on track during NTT IndyCar Spring Training at COTA

Ed Carpenter Racing endured a tough qualifying for today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Ed Jones in the No.20 Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet starts the race from 17th place with a time of 1:08.7711s and speaking following the session he said:

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 (Firestone primary) tires, our third lap was going to be our quickest, but we came in early for reds (Firestone alternate tires). 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 farther 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 in the No.21 Autogeek Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing starts the race from 23rd place having set a fastest time of 01:07.8763s.

Speaking following the day’s action he said he said:

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 (Firestone primary) tires, our third lap was going to be our quickest, but we came in early for reds (Firestone alternate tires). 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 farther 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.”

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