FRUSTRATING NIGHT AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR ED CARPENTER RACING
Ed Carpenter Finishes 13th, Spencer Pigot in 14th in a 248-Lap Battle of Perseverance
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 8, 2019) – Race Notes
– Tonight’s DXC Technology 600 was not an easy one for Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot, but both fought through until the end to take the checkered flag. Even though they both struggled with the balance of their Autogeek Chevrolets for the much of the event, team owner Carpenter managed a 13th place finish and full-time driver Pigot was just behind in 14th.
– Carpenter qualified 13th for what was his eighteenth race at Texas Motor Speedway. He immediately began fighting the ill-handling No. 20 Autogeek Chevrolet, falling back to 20th on the start. Using the tools inside the car, he made as many adjustments as he could. The crew helped with tire pressure adjustments and wing angle changes on each of Carpenter’s five pit stops, but the difficulties persisted throughout the course of the 248-lap race. Still, Carpenter battled to the end of the night and brought home a 13th place finish.
– Pigot started 6th in tonight’s DXC Technology 600, his highest oval starting position outside of the Indianapolis 500. He settled into 7th after the green flag, but after a handful of laps he too began to slide backwards. The No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet crew also helped Pigot with adjustments over the course of his four pit stops, but the balance of the car made it difficult for him to maintain track position. Pigot took advantage of the last yellow flag to pit for a fresh set of tires, helping him get to the end of the race. He would finish 14th tonight in his second race at Texas Motor Speedway.
– Ed Jones, road and street course driver of the No. 20, will climb back in for a test next week at Road America. Pigot will also test the No. 21 before the pair return to the Elkhart Lake, Wis. facility for the REV Group Grand Prix on June 23. Carpenter’s next race will be at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway oval on July 20.
ED CARPENTER, No. 20 Autogeek Chevrolet, Finished 13th: “That was a very difficult race, right from the start. I struggled in traffic, but we weren’t great on our own either. I couldn’t defend any positions as I couldn’t drive the car hard at all, then we were just trying not to impede anyone else’s race. I am disappointed as I really enjoy racing at Texas Motor Speedway but we just didn’t have it tonight. I wish the next oval was not so far off but I am looking forward to getting back in the car at Iowa and coming back much stronger there!”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet, Finished 14th: “Obviously it was a frustrating race; a very difficult race. We just seemed to struggle over the course of a stint, keeping the tires underneath us. The balance just went away too quick, unfortunately. It was very tough to keep position and pass cars. We’ll look at everything to see where we can get better for the next oval; until then, I’m looking forward to Road America in a couple of weeks.”
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