Report: Donnie Wingo will be new crew chief for David Gilliland at Front Row

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Long-time Sprint Cup crew chief Donnie Wingo will have a new team and driver to work with in 2015.

Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer reports that Wingo, who most recently worked with the Wood Brothers, will become crew chief for David Gilliland and the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports program.

Gilliland finished 30th in the Sprint Cup points standings in 2014. He finished the year with interim crew chief Jay Guy following the release of Frank Kerr in October.

“It’s a little different opportunity than what I’ve had lately, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Wingo told Spencer. “I’m looking forward to working with David. I think he has a lot of talent.

“He’s been great at restrictor plate track and road courses, two areas where I’ve had success in the past. We need to work on the intermediate package a bit, but I’m looking forward to help building the program.”

With the Wood Brothers, Wingo guided Trevor Bayne (now at Roush Fenway Racing) and the No. 21 Ford Fusion in its part-time schedule over the last four years.

In a total of 12 Cup starts in 2014, Bayne’s best finishes were a pair of 19th-place results at Texas and Michigan. Their biggest accomplishment together was Bayne’s shock victory in the 2011 Daytona 500, which was only his second career Cup start.

Besides Bayne, Wingo has shepherded other current Sprint Cup racers like Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, and David Ragan – who happens to currently race for Front Row as Gilliland’s teammate. Wingo and Ragan were paired up at Roush Fenway Racing for much of the 2010 season.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.