Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet heads to the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend aiming to continue his teams great short oval form.
The race is Carpenter’s final event of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season and he is hoping to end his year on a high. Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
“I am very excited to be coming back to Gateway. Having raced there in the past, I think that it will be a great show. A lot of race tracks we go to are fairly symmetrical from one end to the other. Gateway isn’t! Turns 1 and 2 in St. Louis are very tight and a little more banky, very challenging. Turns 3 and 4 are more open radius and fast cornering. It’s similar to Pocono (Raceway), not in layout but in uniqueness and character. When you have that, it really makes it a challenge for the driver and the team to get a balance in the car that works at both ends of the track. When you have that compromise, I think it produces really good racing.
On Tuesday night, Carpenter will throw the first pitch at Busch Stadium for St Louis vs San Diego game.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet has had a fantastic record in this seasons short oval events in Phoenix where he finished on the podium in third place while in Iowa he finished the race in second place.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Hildebrand commented by saying:
I’m looking forward to the last short oval on the schedule where I hope we can continue to be as strong as we’ve tended to be earlier in the year. There are certainly still some unknowns with this being a new event, but the Fuzzy’s Vodka team has been doing a great job and we’ll be looking to make good on that!