Ed Carpenter Racing owner/driver Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet restarted Saturday night’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from 5th place.
The American who is the only owner/driver competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016, made his way to the front of the field and was battling with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe for the lead of the race throughout the event.
Carpenter was involved in an incident with reigning series champion Scott Dixon driving the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet which resulted in Dixon retiring from the race.
On lap 224, following a restart, Carpenter’s car got loose resulting in the No.20 hitting the wall with Carpenter forced to retire from the race. Carpenter will resume his role as team owner with Spencer Pigot taking over the No.20 Chevrolet for the remaining two races in Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
Speaking following the race, Carpenter commented by saying:
The car was awesome. On long runs, I think we were for sure the best car out there. I’d cut into James’s lead every stint. He was a little quicker. We didn’t have the fastest car, but it was good on the long runs. I’m just bummed. It’s been such a rough year. We’ve had such better cars that what we had last year and really just can’t catch a break. Whatever happened with Scott and I there, when my left rear touched his front wing, it must have cut a tire and that led to the accident. I’m just really bummed. I thought tonight was a night that we could have gotten a good result. It’s going to be a long off-season before I can get back in the car, but we’ll come back strong next year.
Josef Newgarden who was not allowed to take part in tonight’s race as he had officially retired from June’s race, hasn’t lost too much ground in the championship and is in fifth place just ten points behind Tony Kanaan in third place with two races remaining including Sonoma which is worth double points. For now, it’s on to Watkins Glen.