The Verizon IndyCar Series only owner/driver Ed Carpenter says he hopes he can come back stronger in 2018 following a difficult 2017 campaign for the American.

Carpenter who completes in oval events only in the 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet was forced to retire from last weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline.

The race was even more disappointing for Indianapolis based outfit as JR Hildebrand also retired from the race.

Speaking following his retirement from Saturday night’s race, Carpenter confirmed that his team will continue to have support from Fuzzy’s Vodka next season.

Spencer Pigot will be back in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen and for the season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Carpenter hopes that the continued relationship with Fuzzy’s Vodka next season will help the team improve. Speaking following the race on Saturday, Carpenter stated:

It was slick, even warming up the tires. It may have been the combination of tires that had run before us. We ran a little bit after Indy Lights, but just for the pit stop practice, so it wasn’t a lot. Even with the tires warmed up, it was hard, but that’s no excuse. I saw Will (Power) get loose in front of (Takuma) Sato. I was under Sato, he was sliding around. I finally got loose like those guys were. I corrected and went under Sato, but once we made contact, it sent me around. I’m just super disappointed. I had such a chance to get a good result tonight in front of tons of family and friends from Indianapolis. 2018 can’t come fast enough. I’m thankful that Fuzzy’s Vodka is behind us so much to give us an opportunity to come back and be even better next year. But man, it is disheartening right now. It’s going to be a long offseason to get this taste out of my mouth.”

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