INDYCAR / Chris Owens

Graham Rahal fastest in final IndyCar warmup at Barber

1 Comment

Starting on the front row alongside teammate Takuma Sato for today’s NTT IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park, Graham Rahal was quickest in the warmup session with a lap of 1 minute, 10.1751 seconds.

Rahal is seeking his first win since a doubleheader sweep at Detroit in 2017, and he sounded confident that he can carry over his pace from qualifying into the race.

“… I think our consistency is pretty strong, so if we can find a way to get out front, we should be able to run pretty good,” Rahal told NBCSN.

Watch the race today at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app

Second-fastest in the session was Alexander Rossi (1 minute, 10.2853 seconds), who focused on running with the red ‘alternate’ tires.

“We were trying to figure them out and get more of an understanding on what they’re gonna do,” said Rossi, who starts today’s race in 8th. “It’s gonna be an interesting race. There are two very definitive ways you can go about it, and it’s gonna be a hell of a show.”

Championship leader Josef Newgarden (along with Team Penske as a whole) struggled mightily in qualifying yesterday and starts today’s race in 16th. But there may be some hope for a salvageable outcome after he posted the third-fastest time in the session (1 minute, 10.5107 seconds).

Ryan Hunter-Reay (1 minute, 10.5596 seconds) was fourth-fastest, followed by Zach Veach (1 minute, 10.7195 seconds), who had yet another off-course excursion this weekend. This time, he lost control and slid to a stop in the grass near pit entrance.

Andretti Autosport teammates Hunter-Reay and Veach start today’s race in 11th and 23rd, respectively.

Full Warmup Results

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

Joe Skibinski / IndyCar
Leave a comment

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.