While Team Penske may be the favorites on Saturday night, don’t sleep on Ed Carpenter Racing. Josef Newgarden led 282 of 300 laps in this race in 2016 and reached victory lane in his entry with ECR.
JR Hildebrand took over this season a year later and finished runner-up. Last year, Spencer Pigot replaced Hildebrand and once again, brought this car home second.
Overall, the No. 21 entry for ECR has five straight top two finishes at Iowa. While Pigot may only have one top 10 finish over his last five starts on the season, you can’t overlook him on Saturday night.
“We had a great result at Iowa Speedway last year with my first podium finish, so we’d love to match that or do one better this time around,” said Pigot prior to Saturday’s Iowa 300. “2018 was my first Indy car race at Iowa, so it will be nice to go back knowing a bit more of what to expect. Moving the race back to the evening should make it a great experience for our fans as well, and hopefully, the No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet can put on a good show for them.”
What about his boss Ed Carpenter?
Carpenter, boasts seven top 10 finishes at Iowa including a 10th place run in 2018.
This could be a great weekend for ECR.
They’ve qualified really well lately but just haven’t had the finishes to back that up. Maybe Saturday is the time to do so.