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Rinus VeeKay to test for Ed Carpenter Racing at Mid-Ohio

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Rinus VeeKay will conduct a second test in an Indy car with Ed Carpenter Racing next Tuesday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the driver announced in a press release Thursday.

The 2019 Indy Lights runner-up, VeeKay made his initial test with the team in August at Portland International Raceway.

In his maiden Indy Lights season, VeeKay won six races, including a sweep of the final two races of the year at Laguna Seca.

“I’m really honored that the team has invited me to test again,” VeeKay said. “It’s a great opportunity to show what I’m capable. I learned so much during the first test in Portland and I’m excited to build on that at Mid-Ohio, a track I absolutely love.”

If VeeKay’s previous performances at the 2.258-mile, 13-Turn road course are any indication, he should be in for another solid test. VeeKay has finished no worse than third at Mid-Ohio in Road to Indy competition, including a pair of Indy Pro 2000 victories at the track in 2018.

“It means a lot that a team as highly regarded as Ed Carpenter Racing has invited me back for a second test,” VeeKay said. “The testing opportunities in the NTT IndyCar Series are very limited, so when you’re invited for a test, that’s a real sign of confidence.”

Though VeeKay does not currently have a contract to race with any particular team in IndyCar next season, he remains a prime candidate to split the No. 20 ECR Chevrolet with owner/driver Ed Carpenter next year, should Ed Jones not return to the team.

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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.