Ed Carpenter Racing confirmed on Tuesday that Spencer Pigot will return to the team for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driving the No.20 Chevrolet partnering JR Hildebrand for the road and street course races this season.
Driver/owner Ed Carpenter will share the No.20 with Pigot, competing in the oval races during the season, including the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
Speaking about the announcement, Pigot commented by saying:
I’m very excited to be staying with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2017 season. “It’s a great feeling to know that I have a secure ride for all of the road and street course races so we can start preparing for the season now. I can’t thank everyone at ECR, P1 Management and Rising Star Racing enough for their help getting this deal done.
Team owner Ed Carpenter commented by saying:
We are happy to have Spencer back. It was a challenging situation for him to step into the team last year mid-season as a rookie. We believe that Spencer has the potential to be a contender in this sport and we will continue to focus on maximizing that potential. “It is great to have some offseason left to allow us to continue that development before the season kicks off. We are anticipating a strong sophomore campaign from Spencer.
Pigot concluded by saying:
I learned a lot in my rookie year and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build on that experience. I know I have the team around me to fight at the front and that’s what we’ll be trying to do in 2017.
Barry Pigot, Managing member of P1 Management commented by saying:
Today’s announcement that Spencer is going to continue driving for Ed Carpenter Racing in the 2017 Verizon Indy Car Series is an exciting day for all of us at P1 Management and Rising Star Racing. Thanks to Art Wilmes, Drew Coomes, Ed Carpenter and Floyd Robinson who have worked so hard to make this happen. P1 Management is proud to continue its major role in managing and securing funding for Spencer’s career as it has done since 2009.