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IndyCar: Spencer Pigot to remain with Ed Carpenter Racing for 2019

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Spencer Pigot will remain behind the wheel of the Ed Carpenter Racing No. 21 Chevrolet for the 2019 IndyCar season, the team announced Thursday.

Pigot will enter his second full-time season with and fourth season overall of racing for ECR next year, as well as mark his fourth season in the IndyCar Series.

The 2018 season was a transitional period for Pigot, who went from a part-time role with ECR in 2016 and 2017 to a full-time campaign this year.

That move has paid marked dividends for Pigot in 2018. He earned career bests in qualifying and finishing positions on street courses, road courses and ovals, including his first IndyCar career podium finish, a runner-up showing at Iowa Speedway in July.

“I’m extremely happy to be returning to Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2019 season,” Pigot said in a statement. “I have to thank Ed Carpenter, Stuart Reed and Tony George for giving me the opportunity to race for their team once again.

“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. Petersburg.”

In addition to his second-place finish at Iowa, Pigot also set new career marks in road course qualifying (Grand Prix of Indianapolis), best start (6th) in his third career Indianapolis 500 (his first with ECR) and best road course finish (4th nearly two weeks ago at Portland International Raceway).

The Orlando, Florida native and 2015 Indy Lights series champion enters this weekend’s season-ending Grand Prix of Sonoma having strong back-to-back finishes of sixth at Gateway Motorsports Park and fourth at Portland. All but four of his 38 career IndyCar starts have been with ECR.

“I am really happy to have Spencer back in the No. 21 for the 2019 season,” team owner Ed Carpenter said in a statement. “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.”

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.