Ride with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in his No.21 Chevy as the 2015 Indy Lights champion samples IndyCar’s new lower downforce bodywork around the daunting hills and turns at Sonoma Raceway.
Dealing with a slick track was the first challenge for the Floridian, and with more than 1,000 pounds of downforce removed from when the series raced at Sonoma in September, some of the corners are no longer flat-out adventures. A lift going up the hill to Turn 2, lifts through the frighteningly fast Turn 3/3A complex, and longer pauses while waiting to hammer the throttle pedal winding around the Carousel are among the most obvious changes shown from inside Pigot’s car.
Start with Pigot climbing in, executing a pit stop, and then getting up to speed on cold tires during the first session of the afternoon as his 2.2-liter twin-turbo Chevy V6 engine winds to 12,000rpms during the rapid tour.
To compare cornering capabilities, here’s Scott Dixon in the now-departed setup: