Ed Carpenter Racing endured a tough 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Starting the race from second place on the grid, team owner Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet, felt he had a good start to the event but for some poor stops later in the event.
Carpenter brought the car home in 11th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The start of the day, the race was going our way. We were running up front but then we started losing positions, had a couple bad pit stops and got shuffled back. We were running around people we shouldn’t even have been running with. On the restart, I got hung out because I didn’t see Pippa outside, while I was trying to go to the outside. When I saw her, I hit the brakes but tore up the front wing and knocked the toe out. It’s a bummer, the result didn’t show what type of car we had. We lost track position at the wrong times and made for a disappointing day, but congratulations to Takuma (Sato). He’s a great guy and driver who has been close here before. We will be back next year, but we’ve got some work to do. Our competitors are tough right now, so we have to make ourselves better.
JR Hildebrand who started the race from sixth place on the grid in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet and finished the event in 16th place and speaking following the race he stated:
We were able to run up front when we were there, but I’m not positive we had anything for those guys at the end. We definitely had a 5th or 6th place car. We could keep station and pick guys off when they made mistakes when we were running closer to clean air. I’m just annoyed about the drive-through penalty. I understand the rules, but the entire field went and the car in front of me didn’t. I’m not sure what they expect all of us to do. It’s a lousy way to end a race where the team did a great job and the Preferred Freezer Car was good enough to hang on up there. We made some great strategy calls to help get us back to the front group of cars. For executing at a high level all day, for it to end like that, leaves you feeling empty inside. That’s how this place works and we will come back with another shot next year.