Ed Carpenter (racing driver)

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Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter 2009 Indy 500 Carb Day.JPG
Ed Carpenter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
Nationality United States American
Born (1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 33)
Paris, Illinois
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2003
Current team Ed Carpenter Racing
Car no. 20
Former teams Sarah Fisher Racing
Vision Racing
PDM Racing
Cheever Racing
Starts 142
Wins 2
Poles 2
Fastest laps 4
Best finish 12th in 2009
Previous series
2002–2003 Indy Pro Series

Everette Edward Carpenter, Jr. (born March 3, 1981) is an IndyCar Series driver. He is the stepson of Indy Racing League founder Tony George and is currently competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series, driving for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Career history[edit]

Carpenter was born in Paris, Illinois, and grew up in the town of Marshall until the age of 8. He then moved to Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Butler University.

Early career[edit]

Following a successful career in midget racing that dated as far back as 1989, he moved up to single-seater formula cars in 2002 with the creation of the IRL Infiniti Pro Series. Driving for Sinden Racing Services, he finished third in points with a best finish of second. He drove for legendary owner A.J. Foyt the following season and won the Futaba Freedom 100, the series' most prestigious race, in his backyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He made his Indy Racing League debut later that season contesting a few races for PDM Racing and longtime owner Paul Diatlovich.

IndyCar Series[edit]

In 2004, Carpenter ran his first full–time season for Red Bull Cheever Racing. He struggled to match the pace of experienced teammate Alex Barron and scored only a best result of eighth place. Out of a ride for 2005, Carpenter's stepfather, Tony George, started the new team (Vision Racing) and immediately signed Carpenter to a contract. However, Carpenter failed to finish in the top ten in all of his 17 starts that season.

On March 26, 2006, during the warmup for the Toyota Indy 300 IndyCar Series opener, Carpenter was involved in a brutal crash with driver Paul Dana. Dana died soon after from his injuries; Carpenter was reported to be "awake and alert," and was released the next day suffering only bruised lungs. He returned to the series on April 22 at Twin Ring Motegi. In a rain-affected race in June at Watkins Glen International Carpenter switched to rain tires late in the race while most others stayed on slicks and captured his best IRL finish at the time, a sixth place.

2007 was much like 2006 despite the addition of a third car to the Vision stable. Carpenter crashed out of five of the seventeen races and finished 15th in points, last among the Vision teammates. In 2008 Carpenter had only one teammate (A.J. Foyt IV) as veteran Tomas Scheckter was not retained. Several times (mostly early in the year) Carpenter appeared poised to win his first race but could not seal the deal. His season ended with a fiery crash at the Chicagoland Speedway from which he walked away.

Carpenter on pit road during the 2009 Toronto Indy weekend.

In 2009 started with poor performances in the first two races (at St. Pete and Long Beach), which were on street circuits. He scored back-to-back top 10s on the ovals at Kansas and Indy. The day after the Milwaukee race, Carpenter's wife Heather gave birth to their second child, Ryder. Carpenter's season highlight came on August 1st in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, leading the race 5 times for 34 laps before coming up just .0162 seconds short of Penske Racing's Ryan Briscoe following a pitched side–by–side battle.

Carpenter ran the 2011 season driving the #67 Dollar General entry for Sarah Fisher Racing in eleven races, starting in St. Petersburg.[1] In his 116th series start, Carpenter finally took his first series victory in the 2011 Kentucky Indy 300. He edged out Dario Franchitti by 0.0098 seconds, the closest finish in the history of the speedway.

In 2012, Carpenter started his own team, Ed Carpenter Racing, driving the number 20 car sponsored by Fuzzy's Premium Vodka. In Indianapolis 500 qualifying, he spun and hit the wall, causing the car to become airborne. Carpenter was uninjured. On September 15 he won the season-ending MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana after passing Dario Franchitti on the final lap.

In 2013 once again running his own team Carpenter finished out of the top ten in the first four races of the season (run on road/street courses), followed by winning the pole for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with a lap speed of 228.762 miles per hour (368.157 km/h).[2]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2002 Sinden Racing KAN
5
NSH
5
MIS
3
KTY
2
STL
3
CHI
7
TXS
5
3rd 226
2003 A. J. Foyt Enterprises HMS
15
PHX
13
INDY
1
PPIR
4
KAN
2
NSH
13
MIS
7
STL
4
KTY
5
CHI
2
FON
2
TXS
4
3rd 377
2005 Vision Racing HMS PHX STP INDY TXS IMS
11
NSH MIL KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON 26th 19

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2003 PDM Racing Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MIS STL KTY NZR CHI
13
FON
13
TX2
21
27th 43
2004 Team Cheever Dallara Chevrolet HMS
12
PHX
19
MOT
22
INDY
31
TXS
21
RIR
16
KAN
14
NSH
22
MIL
11
MIS
14
KTY
8
PPIR
11
NZR
20
CHI
11
FON
12
TX2
21
16th 245
2005 Vision Racing Dallara Toyota HMS
18
PHX
16
STP
19
MOT
16
INDY
11
TXS
20
RIR
12
KAN
17
NSH
10
MIL
12
MIS
23
KTY
22
PPIR
19
SNM
15
CHI
17
WGL
14
FON
20
18th 244
2006 Vision Racing Dallara Honda HMS
DNS
STP
INJ
MOT
20
INDY
11
WGL
6
TXS
9
RIR
8
KAN
16
NSH
10
MIL
16
MIS
7
KTY
11
SNM
12
CHI
5
14th 252
2007 Vision Racing Dallara Honda HMS
6
STP
18
MOT
15
KAN
17
INDY
17
MIL
7
TXS
18
IOW
6
RIR
10
WGL
12
NSH
13
MDO
16
MIS
14
KTY
7
SNM
13
DET
10
CHI
16
15th 309
2008 Vision Racing Dallara Honda HMS
5
STP
18
MOT1
6
LBH1
DNP
KAN
10
INDY
5
MIL
20
TXS
9
IOW
23
RIR
11
WGL
17
NSH
8
MDO
15
EDM
13
KTY
6
SNM
23
DET
14
CHI
28
SRF2
20
15th 320
2009 Vision Racing Dallara Honda STP
18
LBH
18
KAN
9
INDY
8
MIL
16
TXS
9
IOW
10
RIR
13
WGL
16
TOR
15
EDM
16
KTY
2
MDO
17
SNM
11
CHI
6
MOT
13
HMS
12
12th 321
2010 Panther Racing Dallara Honda SAO
STP
ALA
LBH
KAN
INDY
17
TXS
IOW
WGL
TOR
EDM
MDO
SNM
CHI
20
KTY
2
MOT
HMS
13
28th 90
2011 Sarah Fisher Racing Dallara Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
11
TXS1
18
TXS2
16
MIL
16
IOW
11
TOR EDM MDO
22
NHM
11
SNM
25
BAL
20
MOT KTY
1
LVS
C3
26th 175
2012 Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
18
ALA
22
LBH
14
SAO
21
INDY
21
DET
12
TXS
12
MIL
8
IOW
8
TOR
18
EDM
22
MDO
22
SNM
20
BAL
25
FON
1
18th 261
2013 Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
14
ALA
22
LBH
18
SAO
23
INDY
10
DET1
18
DET2
15
TXS
4
MIL
14
IOW
4
POC
9
TOR1
13
TOR2
22
MDO
20
SNM
19
BAL
14
HOU1
23
HOU2
22
FON
2
16th 333
* Season still in progress
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
3 Race cancelled due to death of Dan Wheldon
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
10 6 142 1 2 2 32 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2004 Dallara Chevrolet 16 31 Team Cheever
2005 Dallara Toyota 26 11 Vision Racing
2006 Dallara Honda 12 11 Vision Racing
2007 Dallara Honda 14 17 Vision Racing
2008 Dallara Honda 10 5 Vision Racing
2009 Dallara Honda 17 8 Vision Racing
2010 Dallara Honda 8 17 Panther Racing
2011 Dallara Honda 8 11 Sarah Fisher Racing
2012 Dallara Chevrolet 28 21 Ed Carpenter Racing
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 1 10 Ed Carpenter Racing

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