Spencer Pigot just received a status upgrade at Ed Carpenter Racing. No longer will he just race the road and street courses, as he is set for the full Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2018 behind the wheel of the No. 21 Fuzzy Vodka entry. The team announced the news on Wednesday morning.
“To say I am excited about 2018 would be an understatement. I have really enjoyed my time so far with Ed Carpenter Racing and this is the next step in what I hope is a long, successful partnership with the team in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Pigot. “I am very thankful to Ed Carpenter, Tony George, Stuart Reed and everyone at ECR for their confidence in me to deliver the results the team deserves. It is a privilege to represent Fuzzy’s Vodka, Preferred Freezer Services, Direct Supply and all of the other partners of ECR in 2018.”
Pigot collected multiple Mazda Road to Indy championships before making the move up to IndyCar in 2016, running three events with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Following the Indianapolis 500, he moved over to ECR to split the rest of that year’s schedule with team owner Ed Carpenter. He was then re-signed for 2017 to run the road and street courses, while Carpenter runs the ovals.
“I will still have a lot to learn as 2018 will be my first full season in Indy car, but I know I have the team and teammate with Ed to help me as I get used to regularly racing on ovals again.”
Pigot has shown speed in his sophomore season, running up front, with bad luck and mechanical failures limiting him to three top-10’s to date.
“It is very exciting to be announcing that Spencer will be competing in a full-time role for ECR in 2018. Spencer made significant strides from his rookie season into his sophomore year and we see much more potential in his ability,” stated Ed Carpenter, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Carpenter continued, “Spencer has worked very hard to improve in all areas of his driving and we feel the time has come to give him a chance to compete for the championship. I look forward to his continued development and reaching the top step of the podium in 2018.”
ECR does once again plan to field the No. 20 at the ovals with Carpenter behind the wheel, with their road/street course program “still under consideration.”
This past season, JR Hildebrand piloted the No. 21 entry full-time, currently ranked 15th in the standings with two podiums. His plans for 2018 have yet to be announced.
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