Ed Carpenter Racing was left rueing unfulfilled promise after an Indy 500 that began with its three Chevrolets starting second, third and fourth on the grid ended with Ed Carpenter, Ed Jones and Spencer Pigot classified sixth, 13th and 14th respectively.
“I spent most of the day saving fuel,” said team owner Carpenter. “I think we had a really fast car, but I don’t know what happened at the end. The yellow kind of hurt us, and … I just don’t know that happened at the end. We’ll have to talk about it.”
In contrast to his team owner, Jones slipped back from the start and was never much of a factor in the race.
“We got our set-up wrong for the start and restarts,” he explained. “That’s when all the passes were made, and by the time I got the momentum going, I’d lost places and it was difficult to regain the lost ground.
“It’s disappointing. I think all three cars had similar problems, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
If Jones suffered on the starts and restarts, Pigot’s difficulties came at the end of his fuel stints.
“We lost out at the end of the stints with tire degradation,” he said. “The car was very hard to drive in the last few laps before each stop; the balance made things difficult. The car was alright at the start, but as the race went on it got worse.”