INDIANAPOLIS – Its part of the INDYCAR Grand Prix right? It’s obviously one of the biggest storylines of the annual race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Well, it happened again on Saturday afternoon. For the fourth time in the five year history of the 85 Lap race, there was an opening lap caution for the Verizon IndyCar Series race on the 2.439-mile track.
This time, it affected one team worse than all the others.
Ed Carpenter Racing thought that they had a great shot at a win in this year’s race. After all, another trend was that was apparent was that every car that started in the top 10 of this race has won. Furthermore, all of them started in the Firestone Fast Six too.
Jordan King rolled his No. 20 Chevrolet off for ECR in fifth place. He was having a great weekend thus far too. He was third and second respectively in the dual practice sessions on Friday as well.
On top of that, his teammate Spencer Pigot had a strong car too. Pigot, started ninth in his No. 21 Chevrolet but he was eighth in each of the two sessions on Friday.
Unfortunately, by Turn 5, both were involved in incidents on the first lap.
In Turn 2, King got into the back of Pagenaud causing his car to go straight into the tire barriers as a result. A few moments later, Pigot got too low in the Turns 5 and 6 exchange and literally got all four of his Firestone tires off the ground. He’d spin when he came about down as a result of that.
Luckily, both were able to actually continue on, but both fell off pace too. Pigot finished 15th and King 24th.
The ECR group has had fast cars all year but they’ve had bad luck to show for it. Saturday was part of that.