Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot, competing in his first Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach did a fantastic job to finish the race in eighth place in his No.20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.
Pigot who started the race from 20th place came through the field to cross the finish line in eighth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Overall, we have to pleased with the result, to be 8th after where we started! It was a bit of a shame to miss out on 6th, I thought we were there pretty comfortably. We just had a small issue coming out of the hairpin that allowed (Ed) Jones and (Carlos) Munoz to get past us. It was a good day, the guys did great with the pit stops as always. I have to thank them for all of their hard work, I wouldn’t have been able to finish this high without them. I am glad we were able to get a good result for Loki The Wolfdog and his followers!
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet started the race from 15th place and ended the event in 11th. Ed Carpenter Racing are due to test at Texas Motor Speedway this week however at this point in time he has not been cleared to participate due to the fact that he has broken a bone in his hand. The American will be evaluated by the Verizon IndyCar Series medical team later this week.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
We chose an alternate strategy for today. A lot of cars went with a three-stop strategy, but we couldn’t make it work. We didn’t have the pace and were stuck with each other, out there just running around. That was frustrating, not quite being able to run quick enough to have our plan play out properly.
At the end of the race, we all were bunched back up because of that last yellow. I was on reds and had a little bit for at least the handful of cars in front of us. On the last lap, I was making a move on Mikael Aleshin and I could tell he was struggling. I was out of push-to-pass so I was trying to make a proper, full-out pass down he front straightaway. He had been starting to move over, not a major blocking maneuver but enough to assert his line. He hit the breaks a lot earlier than I was expecting and I ended up running into the back of him. In doing so, it ripped the steering wheel from my hand and I ended up tweaking it. At the end of the day, to come home with an 11th place finish isn’t terrible. It is a bummer though as we were certainly on our way to finishing in the Top 10 and now we are in a bit of a jam going forward. Hopefully I can get back to it here before the next race.