Ed Carpenter Racing head into the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma aiming to end the year on a high note.

The Indianapolis based outfit have endured a tough 2017 campaign with their best result of the season, a second place finish at the Iowa Corn 300 courtesy of JR Hildebrand. The American has scored two podium finishes this season both on oval circuits, the first of which came at Phoenix early in the season where he ended the race in third place.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, he commented by saying:

I’ve been going to Sonoma Raceway since I was a kid and it was probably the first race track I went to with my dad. I grew up racing at Sonoma and went through the whole system; pretty much everything I’ve ever raced, I’ve raced there at some point! The cool thing about Sonoma is it’s such a unique track. They have always featured so many types of racing and growing up with that variety is part of what made me passionate about racing. It is very cool to have the season finale at my home track.

Spencer Pigot heads into the race with uncertainty surrounding his 2018 plans, with Ed Carpenter having confirmed that he will continue on the oval events next season we await news as to whether or not Pigot will be retained.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Pigot commented by saying:

Sonoma is always a difficult race. It’s the final race of the season so everyone will be trying to end their year on a high note and we will be doing the same. We didn’t have a great race last year after an issue took us out before half way so we will be looking to make a big step forward this time around. We had a productive test there earlier in the season so hopefully some of those gains will translate to pace on race weekend. Everyone on the Fuzzy’s Vodka cars will be doing their best for a strong finale before some much-deserved time off.

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