Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot are excited to be heading to California this weekend for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Hildebrand heads to the event following a 13th place finish at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg having started the race from 19th place on the grid and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, the American commented by saying:

I’ve always enjoyed the Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach. It is an awesome event we always have a good time going to. It’s kind of like Indianapolis in some ways, you can feel the vibe of everyone being excited about there. It is a cool place. It’s a challenging race track, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’ve had some good success there, I won the Indy Lights race there in 2009 as well as a couple of Top 5 finishes in the Indy car. I’m looking forward to making more progress. We have had a couple of tests since St. Pete and are ready to put in some more work and move our way up the grid!

Pigot who retired from the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg as a result of a mechanical issue is looking forward to returning to competing at Long Beach where he hasn’t driven since his Indy Lights campaign in 2015.

Speaking ahead of the race, Pigot commented by saying:

I haven’t raced at Long Beach since Indy Lights in 2015 so I am very excited to be driving there again. It’s one of my favorite street courses and the Grand Prix has so much history, it’s always been a race I wanted to drive in. We had a lot of positives to take away from the first race in St. Petersburg and I’m confident we can continue that form. The Fuzzy’s Vodka crew has been working hard to be as prepared as possible and I’m looking forward to a good weekend!

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