Gabby Chaves makes the best of morning delay with Gordon Pipers cameo, and common sense

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Bryan Herta Autosport’s Gabby Chaves may be an Indianapolis 500 rookie, but the kid is mature beyond his years.

On Twitter, Chaves seemed to be the voice of reason in the midst of the ongoing delay while waiting for INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to provide official updates.

“This should make for a very interesting Qualy today as teams try to find the sweet spot for qualifying trim and race trim,” Chaves wrote.

He added in a second tweet, “With safety being our priority, speeds in Qualy will be lower but as many have said, it’s the race that will be a great show like always!”

The driver of the No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda also briefly was an honorary Gordon Piper, although he didn’t need to don a kit or bagpipes. Team owner Bryan Herta posted a pic of the cameo this morning:

“It’s true!” Chaves told the IMS Radio Network’s Michael Young after it happened. “I guess this hits my rookie Indy 500 virginity. An initiation, if you will.”

Chaves reflected on the jump into IndyCars at the Speedway.

“It’s more than I expected to be honest. I’m just taking it in. Having raced here in Indy Lights will be a big help. On track the speeds are really high. Surprised at how it felt to an Indy Lights car. A lot quicker, a lot faster.”

We’ll see how Chaves goes in qualifying today.

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.