Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet is up to third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings following a strong result in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Monday.
Newgarden who went into the race in fourth place started the event from the front row alongside pole sitter Mikhail Aleshin and made a great start challenging for the lead and indeed leading the race a different stages over the 200 lap event before finishing in fourth place just behind Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay and just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais.
Newgarden has now jumped ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the championship after the Brazilian retired from the race following an accident in the pit-lane.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
First off, I want to say thanks to all the fans that came out. It’s such a shame we got washed out yesterday. We had a lot of people come back out to watch this race and I think we put on a good show. Thank you to everyone in Pocono that supports IndyCar! The 21 car was strong; we were just lacking a little bit. I was trying so hard to hold Ryan (Hunter-Reay) off there at the end, I just couldn’t quite do it! He was so fast, he had an incredible drive so congrats to him. Also to Will (Power) and Mikael (Aleshin), they were just a little better than us. I think we were a Top 5 car for sure, maybe a podium, but it was tough to beat those couple of guys in front of us.
The result was of extra importance for Newgarden who will miss the next race in Texas however he had an extremely strong car in Pocono and will be hoping to carry that momentum forward to Watkins Glen.
Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet had a disappointing day as he was forced to retire from the race on lap 47 as he lost lost power in the engine due to an electrical issue while running in 14th place. Carpenter started the race from 10th place and was classified in 21st place at the end.
Speaking following the race, Carpenter commented by saying:
Ed Carpenter Racing has performed so awesome this year and the 20 car can’t catch a break. I haven’t finished a full race this season. I made one mistake at Phoenix, but other than that we’ve just had things happen. Some of it shouldn’t have happened and could have been avoided, so there’s just a lot of frustration. This is one of my last two races this year and I felt really good coming into today. I’m not going to comment on what happened specifically, it won’t do any good to talk about it out in the open. It’s just frustrating.
In Texas on Saturday for the Firestone 600, Carpenter will restart the race from fifth place and will be hoping to end his 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season on a high with a strong result.
Spencer Pigot will see out the season in the No.20 Chevrolet in Watkins Glen and Sonoma.