Spencer Pigot will be back in Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 21 Chevy in 2019, the team announced Thursday.
The 24-year-old is in his first full season with ECR after running the road and street courses in the 20 car in 2016 and 2017. In one of his season highlights, the 2015 Indy Lights champion qualified sixth for the Indy 500 after reaching his first Fast Nine Shootout.
His best results have come in three of the past six races — he earned his first-ever podium finish with a second at Iowa and added top-10s at Portland (fourth) Gateway (sixth) and Road America (eighth).
Carpenter will continue to drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet on ovals in 2019 for his 17th year of Indy car competition. The road and street course driver for the car will be announced at a later date. In his first year with the team, Jordan King turned in top finishes of 12th (Road America) 11th (Toronto) and 12th (Mid-Ohio) in 10 races.
“I’m extremely happy to be returning to Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2019 season,” Pigot said. “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 IndyCar 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.”
Because Pigot and Carpenter split time in the 20 car, 2018 was the first year the two raced alongside each other.
“I’ve been able to learn so much from Ed, by him sharing his knowledge with me and just being on track with him,” Pigot explained. “Even though there were several ovals I hadn’t raced an Indy car on prior to this year, Ed helped me feel like I was a stronger driver each time out.”
“I am really happy to have Spencer back in the No. 21 for the 2019 season,” 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!”