Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa’s Ed Jones in the No.20 Chevrolet was left disappointed after retiring from Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Jones was involved in an accident with AJ Foyt Racing’s Mathues Matt Leist. Jones was later diagnosed with a broken bone in his hand.
Speaking following the race he said:
It’s been a frustrating weekend so far. We had the pace to be at the front in qualifying. Then today, the guys gave me a great race car. We had to take risks to get forward quickly. I made it from 16th to ninth, then I just tried to get a run on (James) Hinchcliffe unfortunately I clipped the inside wall in Turn 9 and that was it. I’m sorry for the team; they did great work and they deserved a better result.”
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Autogeek Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing finished the race in 11th place and speaking following the day’s action he said:
Overall, it was a fairly frustrating first half of the race. I got shuffled back at the start and we really didn’t find our groove until later on. After that, we were able to make up some ground and gain some positions. Overall, we definitely have come away with a lot of things in mind to improve on for next time out at COTA. I appreciate all the support from Autogeek and my guys. We’ll try our best to fight up higher on the grid in a couple of weeks.”