Spencer Pigot retained by Ed Carpenter Racing for 2019

by Jordan Groves
Spencer Pigot (USA), Ed Carpenter Racing, 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, Pocono Raceway

Ed Carpenter Racing has announced today that they have resigned Spencer Pigot for the 2019 IndyCar Series. The American will take part in his fourth consecutive season with the team and in the series, with 2019 set to be his second full-time campaign.

The news comes just before the conclusion of what has been a breakout year for the twenty-four-year-old, with the American having claimed his first career-podium at Iowa Speedway; coupled with numerous other strong performances.

“I’m extremely happy to be returning to Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2019 season!” a delighted Pigot stated today, “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 honoured to represent our great partners of Fuzzy’s Vodka, Preferred Freezer Services, Direct Supply, Autogeek and everyone else that makes this possible.

“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!”

Pigot made his IndyCar debut as a part-time driver in 2016 after coming off of the back of winning the 2015 Indy Lights title. He made his first start with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and was picked up by Ed Carpenter Racing part-way through the year.

Pigot remained with Ed Carpenter Racing for 2017 and remained a road-course and street-circuit only driver, whilst his boss Ed Carpenter continued to race the #20 Chevrolet in the oval races. For 2018, however, Ed Carpenter Racing announced that they would be fielding Pigot full-time, as the team expanded to a two-car outfit; with Pigot driving the new #21 car.

Spencer Pigot (USA), Ed Carpenter Racing, 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, Iowa Speedway

Credit: Joe Skibinski / Courtesy of IndyCar

With a fantastic opportunity to contest a full schedule for the first time, Pigot failed to disappoint. A tricky start to the season saw a top ten finish elude Spencer for the first six races, but he would hit his stride from the mid-season onwards. He has since finished strongly in the top ten on five occasions; one of which including Spencer’s first podium in IndyCar when he took second place at the Iowa Corn 300. The result was more impressive considering it was only Spencer’s sixth start on an oval.

Leading up to today’s announcement, Spencer’s most recent race saw him take fourth place at the Grand Prix of Portland; a race where he demonstrated his talents by once again going toe-to-toe with the top-guns of the series, such as the current championship-leader Scott Dixon.

Spencer’s potential is what really caught the eye of his boss, Ed Carpenter, who commented in today’s announcement that he believed Spencer could go on to compete for not only race victories in the future, but also championships.

“I am really happy to have Spencer back in the No. 21 for the 2019 season.” Carpenter said today, “We have always believed that Spencer has the potential to compete for race wins and championships and he has really shown 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!”

Spencer will be back behind the wheel of his #21 Chevrolet tomorrow for the first two practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s 2018 Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Pigot currently sits thirteenth in the championship standings.

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