Ed Carpenter Racing endured an extremely disappointing Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
Starting the race from fifth place, Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet was forced to retire from his final race of the season after heavy contact with Team Penske’s Will Power.
Speaking following the race Carpenter commented by saying:
“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.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet was also forced to retire from the race and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
All of a sudden, we had no steering and were going straight. I feel like something must have broke or we had some sort of an issue. Hopefully, for the sake of everyone else, we can isolate it on our side just for the certainty of the race. That’s about all I have to say. We were having a pretty good run. It is just a bummer to have both of the Fuzzy’s Vodka cars out of the race so early.