Ed Carpenter Racing team owner Ed Carpenter started Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway from 18th place and came through the field to finish the event in seventh place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
This was really a race where you had to race your own car. We were able to get a Top 10 out of it and stayed on the lead lap, which is really hard to do when you start at the back on a short oval. We were just trying to have a clean race, I felt like that would give us a chance to work forward and it mostly did. We just ran out of steam at the end. I screwed up a little bit on my in-lap on the second-to-last pit stop and that maybe cost us a position. Then, I just couldn’t get Hinch after that last restart. I really don’t like the blocking rules on ovals, I don’t think there’s a place for it in oval racing. We can’t seem to get away from it, but it is what it is. There’s a lot of positives to take away from this. The Fuzzy’s Vodka guys had great pit stops all night. We ended last season on some bad luck so it’s nice to be able to roll the car on the truck. We have a little more work to do on our short oval package, but I’ll take tonight’s finish.
Carpenter will be back in the No.20 for 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month.
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet started the race from 15th place and ended the race in 14th. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
That was definitely a difficult race. At the beginning, it was so tricky and I was really on edge. We made the car a bit better throughout the race. We just struggled with having the grip and balance to get close to guys and run in the pack after the peak grip of the tires wore off. The good things is we finished the race and brought the car home. Now we have to look forward to Long Beach and get back to running up at the front.