Ed Carpenter Racing team owner Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Sonax Chevrolet started Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge from fourth place on the grid and came home in fifth place an speaking following the action he commented saying:
On my first stop, I made a rookie mistake of stalling the car so we dug ourselves a hole. The No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet boys kicked ass today in the pits and with the strategy. This one is all them. The car was good, but it was tough deep in the pack. It was great to be able to get back to the fight at the end and get a Top 5. From how it was looking earlier in the day, to take home a Top 5 isn’t a bad day. It does still hurt losing this race and watching someone else celebrate. I am happy for Helio (Castroneves) – he is even older than me so it gives me hope still that I will keep coming back and chasing this thing!
Conor Daly in the No.47 U.S Air Force Chevrolet led the most number of laps in the race having led a total of 40 laps and came home in 13th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
The reason we did not win was because of our front wing. After Graham Rahal crashed, a giant tire just fell out of the sky! It is about par for the course for my luck and we had to work with what we had from there. The car started understeering quite a bit, but it was nice to be out front in the first half. We proved today that we are capable and belong up there. Everything has to go perfect so if you hit a flying tire, it’s tough!
Rinus Veekay in the No.21 Bitcoin Chevrolet who started the race from third place on the grid led 32 laps in the event and came home in eighth place and speaking following the action he said:
Leading over 30 laps today feels great. I am very happy with how I did and being able to finish 8th. I was leading in the first stint but we wanted to save some fuel so we worked with Conor (Daly) to run second. When the last yellow came out, we fell a bit short and it didn’t go our way. I was running 13th with a few laps to go so I have nothing to complain about. Lady Luck wasn’t on my side today but there are many more races this season and many more Indianapolis 500s in my future