As Ed Carpenter Racing entered the NTT IndyCar Series in 2012, the team has not yet competed at WeatherTech Raceway. However, both ECR drivers have raced at the historic venue to great success. Pigot was crowned the 2015 Indy Lights champion after winning both races during the WeatherTech Raceway weekend. The following year, it would be Jones who would capture the same championship at the same track.?
This season, Pigot has earned career-best starting positions at each type of track the series races on – ovals, road courses and street circuits. He too earned a spot on the front row of the Indianapolis 500, qualifying third. Pigot has added two 5th place finishes to his credit this year, one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and one at Iowa Speedway. With his result, the 25-year-old extended ECR?s streak of Top 5 finishes at Iowa to seven consecutive years. He has now started over 50 races with Ed Carpenter Racing, making him the team?s longest-tenured driver aside from Carpenter. Pigot is one of many Indy car drivers with California roots. Before moving to his hometown of Orlando, Fla., Pigot was born in Pasadena.
Jones has served as road and street course driver of the No. 20 this season with team owner Ed Carpenter competing during the oval events. Of the five oval races in 2019, Carpenter finished in the top six on three occasions. He qualified on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 for the fifth time in the past seven years and started 2nd. The Indianapolis-native led the “500” before finishing 6th, then followed up with another 6th place at Pocono Raceway. In the conclusion of his 17th season of Indy car competition, Carpenter returned to the podium. The 38-year-old raced his way through the entire field at WTT Raceway, finishing 2nd by only .0399 of a second.
The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey race weekend will begin one day earlier than usual with an open test for all drivers on Thursday. INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold will air Friday?s two practice sessions and Saturday?s third practice. Qualifying will be shown live on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Gold on Saturday, September 21 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The championship-deciding season finale will begin on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 22.
I only have great memories from Laguna Seca so it?s great to be going back. I won both races and the Indy Lights championship there in 2015, we?ll try to keep that streak of success going this weekend! It?s one of the most famous tracks in the world and driving it in an Indy car is such a thrill. We?ll be working as hard as we can to finish off the season on a positive note for everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing.SPENCER PIGOT, No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet
I am really looking to going back to Laguna Seca! Last time I raced there, I won the championship in Indy Lights so it has good history for me. Hopefully we can have a good run and finish the year on a high note. We?d like to make the most of the season finale and have something positive to look back on over the course of the off-season!ED JONES, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet
— Ed Carpenter Racing Media