In feel-good announcements this afternoon, Ed Carpenter Racing confirmed that Spencer Pigot will continue as the team’s full-time driver in the No. 21 Chevrolet for the 2019 season.
Pigot, who turns 25 on September 29, is 13th in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. In 2018 he picked up his first career podium by finishing runner-up at Iowa, and leads veterans such as Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Ed Jones in the points.
“I’m extremely happy to be returning to Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2019 season,” Pigot stated in ECR’s official press release. “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.
“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!”
Ed Carpenter Racing first introduced the No. 21 entry back in 2014 with J.R. Hildebrand piloting the car in the Indianapolis 500. The “21” went full-time in 2016 with Josef Newgarden at the helm before Hildebrand returned full-time in the No. 21 last season.
Pigot’s return to the car in 2019 marks the first time that the No. 21 entry will have its full-time driver return for a second consecutive season.
“I am really happy to have Spencer back in the No. 21 for the 2019 season,” team owner Ed Carpenter said. “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!”
In 2019, Carpenter will continue to pilot the No. 20 Chevrolet on ovals while confirmation on the road and street course driver for that car is still up in the air.
British driver Jordan King has been racy this season, showing flashes of raw speed with two Firestone Fast Six appearances in qualifying. The finishes haven’t matched the qualifying results to date, but King has completed each of his last four starts on the lead lap and has certainly improved throughout the season.
This weekend in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway, Pigot will make his third career start in Wine Country while King will once again be making his track debut.
Pigot finished 22nd at Sonoma in 2016 and improved on that result in 2017, placing 13th for ECR.
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