Ed Carpenter Racing announced today that Spencer Pigot will return to the team full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2019 season.
The Florida native has been with ECR since 2017 when he was part time alongside team owner Ed Carpenter before being promoted to a full-time drive for the 2018 season taking over the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet following JR Hildebrand’s departure from the team.
Pigot’s best result this season came in Iowa where he finished in second place behind race winner James Hinchcliffe. Speaking about the announcement, Pigot said:
I’m extremely happy to be returning to Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2019 season! I have to thank Ed Carpenter, Stuart Reed and Tony George for giving me the opportunity to race for their team once again. I’m honored to represent our great partners of Fuzzy’s Vodka, Preferred Freezer Services, Direct Supply, Autogeek and everyone else that makes this possible,” stated Pigot. “It’s been great to compete in my first full season of Indy car racing this year and I look forward to building on that next year. We have a lot to look back on and learn from; we will be working hard over the offseason and will be able to hit the ground running when we get to next season’s opener in St. Pete!
Team owner Ed Carpenter commented by saying:
“I am really happy to have Spencer back in the No. 21 for the 2019 season. We have always believed that Spencer has the potential to compete for race wins and championships and he has really showed that in the back half of this season. “Hopefully we can break through this weekend at the season finale and get ECR back in the win column!
Pigot concluded by saying:
I’ve been able to learn so much from Ed, by him sharing his knowledge with me and just being on track with him. Even though there were several ovals I hadn’t raced an Indy car on prior to this year, Ed helped me feel like I was a stronger driver each time out.
Carpenter will continue to drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet on ovals in 2019 for what will be his 17th year of Indy car competition. The road and street course driver for the No. 20 will be announced at a later date.