Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet recorded his best Verizon IndyCar Series finish to date at the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course as he came home in seventh place.
Pigot who joined Ed Carpenter Racing earlier this season started the race from 19th place on the grid and made up positions throughout the race.
Pigot had worked his way into the top five prior to his second stop of the day on lap 40 of the 90 lap race. Speaking following the event he commented by saying:
I was happy with the amount of cars we were able to jump on strategy and pass on track. We moved up to 7th so I was happy with that. We had a good strategy and also really good pit stops so a big thanks to them. I also have to say thanks to Fuzzy’s Vodka, Rising Star Racing, Mockett and everyone that helped me get here. I think we can keep moving forward. If we can qualify a bit better on Saturday, we won’t have to try and save as much fuel and do these alternate strategies. Today it worked out, but hopefully in Watkins Glen we can start by qualifying a bit higher up.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet went into the race following a retirement last time out in Toronto however he put that firmly behind him as he started the race from third place on the grid and was involved in incident on pit-road with Mikhail Aleshin which dropped him down the order but he recovered well to finish the race in 10th place.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon retired from the race which has moved Newgarden up one place to fourth in the standings just nine points behind Helio Castroneves in the race for third place.
Newgarden has three races left this season as he is unable to participate in the rescheduled Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway next month.
Speaking following the race at Mid-Ohio Newgarden commented by saying:
It was tough day. I feel bad for my guys because I think we had a good car. Pagenaud and Power would have been tough today, but I think we were a podium car for sure which would have been really good points for us. It’s tough having two races in a row where we have our rear bumper taken off. It’s no fault of our own but it ruins our race, it happened in Toronto and now here. I think it’s probably a question for IndyCar of how that’s going to be handled. It’s really hard for us to recover after those incidents. We did everything we could, our guys were lightning fast in the pits to get us back out with a new bumper. We tried to do some damage control and got a Top 10 out of it, we’ll take that and move on to try and win the next one.