Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Jordan King in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet started Sunday’s season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in fourth place on the grid and spent much of the race including leading his first laps as an IndyCar driver.
The Englishman suffered a slow puncture and clipped the wall damaging his suspension. The team pitted the car however King ended up going three laps down.
King ended the race in 21st place and speaking following the event he commented saying:
On the positive, I led my first Indy car race. It is nice to be able to say that! I am reserved, so I didn’t actually do it, but I did have a little bit of a mental fist pump in my mind when we took the lead. The speed was really good during the race, we genuinely had the pace to challenge for the race win. After the first stop, we picked up a puncture and slid against the wall and had some damage. It was frustrating more than anything to be hindered by that. Overall, I am happy from the sense that the speed is there, but disappointed to throw away a result. I know not every weekend is going to be like this, but it was great to be fast and challenging for the race win. It just hurts a bit when you throw away a good result like that!
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Auto geek Chevrolet started what he described as a pretty wild race from 16th place and finished in 15th.
Speaking following the race, Pigot commented by saying:
It was a pretty wild race out there. It was very tricky at the beginning going into Turn 1, trying to pass people on the paint. Early on, we were hit from behind and stalled. From there, we just had to try and battle back. We had a really good restart in the middle of the race and passed a lot of cars, then unfortunately we had another issue in the pits and couldn’t get any fuel into the car. We had to make a few unscheduled pit stops to make up for that and went a lap down, putting an end to our competitiveness. We had good pace and a good chance of finishing up towards the front. It was great to have the support of Autogeek this weekend and I appreciate the all of the hard work put in by my guys!