It may be the season finale in the NASCAR world, but the silly season in the NTT IndyCar Series is far from over. This week, rumors started swiring that Nico Hulkenberg would share a seat with Ed Carpenter in the No. 20 Chevrolet for the 2020 season while Rinus VeeKay will drive the full time entry in the No. 21 Chevrolet.
If that were to happen, then Pigot would be the odd man out.
On Thursday, Pigot confirmed that he won’t be back with ECR next season. Pigot, 26, won the 2015 Indy Lights championship and used his three race funding via a scholarship to race for Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing in a three-race deal for the 2016 season which included the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Past that race, nothing was imminent for him.
Luckily, ECR picked him up for the remaining seven races on the road/street courses that season which led to him running a similar deal for the 2017 season but also included a one-off with Juncos Racing for the Indy 500 that year.
In 2018 and again in 2019, Pigot was moved to a full time role with the organization. He had two top five finishes and five top 10’s in both seasons. That wasn’t enough to be retained for 2020.
ECR was high on VeeKay, the Dutch driver to tested for them a couple of times since late August. The organization like VeeKay a lot and looked to be in position to share the part time role with Carpenter in the No. 20. But, once Nico Hulkenberg became available since he’s out with Renault, sources say that ECR became interested.
VeeKay and Hulkenberg bring enough funding to help out while Hulkenberg has no interest in racing on ovals. That’s why VeeKay slid over.