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Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter 2009 Indy 500 Carb Day.JPG
Carpenter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carburation Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
Nationality American
Born (1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 34)
Paris, Illinois
Verizon IndyCar Series career
Debut season 2003
Current team CFH Racing
Car no. 20
Former teams PDM Racing (2003)
Red Bull Cheever Racing (2004)
Vision Racing (2005–2009)
Panther Racing (2010)
Sarah Fisher Racing (2011)
Ed Carpenter Racing (2012–2014)
Starts 156
Wins 3
Poles 3
Fastest laps 5
Best finish 12th in 2009
Previous series
2002–2003, 2005
2007-2008
Indy Lights Series

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
Awards
2003
2012
Freedom 100 winner
MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships winner

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

Carpenter has had a successful career in midget racing dating back to 1989. Carpenter would win nation quarter-midget events in Xenia, Ohio and Hagerstown, Maryland[1] in 1996.[2]

United States Automobile Club[edit]

USAC Regional Series[edit]

Carpenter drove in the USAC Regional Series in 1998 in the midget division. Carpenter drove the #3 TG Racing car at 16th Street Speedway. At the track event on June 27, 1998 Carpenter qualified with the 11th fastest time.[3] Carpenter won the third heat race and finished the feature in 3rd place.[4]

USAC National Midget Car Series[edit]

Carpenter drove in the USAC National Midget Series in 1999 for TG Racing in the #3 Ed Pink Beast[2] in fifteen races. Carpenter won a race at Louisville Motor Speedway and finished 13th in points.[5]

Carpenter returned in 2000 to drive the #3 TG Motorsports car. Carpenter achieved four top five finishes with a best finish of 2nd at the Belleville Nationals at the Belleville High Banks and finished 9th in the final point standings.

For the 2001, Carpenter drove the #2 Steele car at the race at South Boston Speedway, where he started 11th and finished 8th.

In 2002 Carpenter returned to the series to drive for Klatt Enterprises. Carpenter competed in three races and finished 44th in points.[6]

USAC Silver Crown Series[edit]

Carpenter competed in the United States Automobile Club#USAC Silver Crown Series in 2000. Carpenter originally competed for former Indy car driver George Snider in car No. 111 at the season-opening Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway, where Carpenter finished in 9th place. Carpenter started driving for George Snider's relative Debbie Snider in the #7 Menards/Conseco/Clabber Girl/Ericcson/Delphi Automotive Beast-Chevrolet with George Snider and Jimmy Sills acting as mentors to him and giving him advice about tracks.[2] Carpenter had a best finish of 6th in the Southern Illinoisan 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack. Carpenter started on the pole position in the A.J. Foyt's True Value Hulman Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway, the series' most prestigious race. Carpenter led the first 80 laps before crashing and finishing in 20th place.[7] Carpenter also won Rookie of the Race awards at the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway with the aforementioned 9th place finish and at Nazareth Speedway with a 7th place finish.[5] Carpenter finished 12th in the final point standings.[6]

In 2001 Carpenter returned to drive for George Snider in the No. 11 car (numbered 111 at the race at Gateway International Raceway). Carpenter's best finish of 6th at the Coca-Cola 100 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.[5] Carpenter finished 9th in the final point standings.[6]

In 2002 Carpenter drove the #44 Sinden Racing car. At the season-opening Little Trees 100 at Phoenix International Raceway Carpenter started 2nd and finished 21st after suffering an engine failure after 85 laps.[8] Carpenter also drove for Hoffman Auto Racing in the #69 Dynamics car at the Golden Hoosier Hundred at Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway (starting 17th and finishing 24th due to a crash after 59 laps) and the #67 Zarounian car at the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack (starting on the pole position and finishing 25th due to an accident after 58 laps). Carpenter's best finish of the season was at the Dominic's of New York 100 at Richmond International Raceway where he started 7th and finished 2nd after leading for 12 laps.[9] Carpenter finished out the season ranked 22nd in the final point standings.[6]

For 2003 Carpenter drove for Hoffman Auto Racing in the #69 Dynamics car.[10] Carpenter's best finish of 3rd place at the Dominic's of New York 100 at Richmond International Raceway after starting 10th.[11] Carpenter finished 35th in the final point standings.[6]

USAC Sprint Car Series[edit]

In 2001 Carpenter began competing in the USAC Sprint Car Series in the #11 TG Racing car. At the season-ending USAC Sprint Legends Classic at Salem Speedway Carpenter had the 3rd fastest qualifying time, finished 6th in the first heat and won the "Semi" race.[12] In the feature race Carpenter won after taking the lead with 10 laps to go (20-30).[12] Carpenter finished 12th in the final point standings.

In 2002 Carpenter began driving for Sinden Racing, where he took one win during the season.[13] Carpenter finished 19th in the final point standings.[6]

North American Auto Racing Series[edit]

In 2000 Carpenter competed in the North American Auto Racing Series-sanctioned NAMARS National Midget Championship series in the #3C TG Racing car. Carpenter attempted to qualify for the Chili Bowl at Tulsa Expo Center, considered to be "biggest Midget race of the year". Carpenter failed to qualify for the qualifier and missed the feature race as a result. Carpenter scored no points towards the championship due to not starting any races.

IndyCar[edit]

Indy Lights Series[edit]

Carpenter joined the then-new Indy Racing League sanctioned Menards Infiniti Pro Series in 2002 to drive for Sinden Racing in the #2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Automotive Dallara IPS-Infiniti Q45. At the season-opening Kansas 100 at Kansas Speedway Carpenter started and finished 5th. Carpenter's best finish of 2nd in the Kentucky 100 at Kentucky Speedway. Carpenter also achived a pair of 3rd place finishes in the Michigan 100 at Michigan International Speedway and the Gateway 100 at Gateway International Speedway. Carpenter finished out the season ranked 3rd in points with 226 points.

In 2003 Carpenter began to drive for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in the #14 Futaba/Delphi Automotive Dallara IPS-Infiniti Q45. Carpenter won his only Indy Lights race at the series' most prestigious race, the Futaba Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter qualified on the pole position at the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway and the Chicagoland 100 at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing 2nd in each race. Carpenter finished the season ranked 3rd in points with 377 points.

In 2005 Carpenter returned to the series for Vision Racing to drive the #9 Vision Racing Dallara IPS-Infiniti Q45 for the Liberty Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Carpenter qualified 13th out of 14 cars and finished 11th, the last car on the lead lap. Carpenter finished out the season ranked 26th with 19 points.

Verizon IndyCar Series[edit]

Carpenter's first experience in the IndyCar Series came in 2001 at Atlanta Motor Speedway when Carpenter tested a car for Panther Racing.

Carpenter began competing in the IndyCar Series for PDM Racing in the #18 Metabolife Ultra Dallara IR03-Chevrolet V8. Carpenter made his debut at the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway and where he started in 16th place and finished in 13th place. Carpenter then competed at the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway, starting in 17th place and finishing in 13th place, two laps down. At the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Carpenter started in 22nd place and finished in 21st place due to alternator problems after completing 69 laps. Carpenter finished the season ranked in 26th place in points with 43 points.

In 2004, Carpenter ran his first full–time season for Red Bull Cheever Racing in the #52 Red Bull Dallara IR03-Chevrolet V8. At the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Carpenter started in 9th place and finished in 12th place. During the season, Carpenter struggled to get as good results as teammate Alex Barron. Carpenter's best finish was 8th place at the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Carpenter qualified for the Indianapolis 500, starting in 16th place and finishing in 31st place due to a crash after 62 laps. Carpenter finished the season in 16th place in points with 245 points.

For 2005, Carpenter's step father Tony George started a new team called Vision Racing after purchasing the equipment from Kelley Racing. Carpenter drove for the team in the #20 Vision Racing Dallara IR03-Toyota Indy V8. During the year, Carpenter and the team struggled and Carpenter had a best start of 16th place at the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. Carpenter's best finish was at the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway with a 10th place finish, one lap down. Carpenter qualified for the Indianapolis 500, starting in 26th place and finishing in 11th place, one lap down. Carpenter finished the season in 18th place in points with 244 points.

Capenter returned with Vision Racing in 2006 in the #20 Vision Racing Dallara IR03-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI4R. On March 26, 2006, during the warmup practice session for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Carpenter was involved in a crash with Paul Dana, who died soon after from his injuries. Carpenter was reported to be "awake and alert," air lifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and was released the next day suffering bruised lungs. Carpenter returned to the series on for the third race of the season, the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, starting in 19th place and finishing in 20th place due to a crash after 25 laps. At the Indianapolis 500, Carpenter and his teammates acquired sponsorship from Rock & Republic for the race. In the race, Carpenter started in 12th place and running in the top 10 late in the race, only to have to make a late race pit stop and would finish in 11th place, one lap down. At the following race, the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, Carpenter started in 18th place and finished in 6th place after Carpenter's team decided to put on rain tires for the rain conditions. At the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Carpenter started in 4th place and finished in 7th place. At the season-ending Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean at Chicagoland Speedway, Carpenter started in 12th place and finished in 5th place. Carpenter finished the season ranked in 14th place in points with 252 points.

In 2007, Carpenter would return with Vision Racing to drive the #20 Vision Racing Dallara IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R. Carpenter started off the season with a 6th place finish at the season-opening XM Satellite Radio Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team acquired sponsorship from Hitachi Power Tools for the Indianapolis 500 and the remainder of the season. In the Indianapolis 500, Carpenter started in 14th place and finished in 17th place after being involved in a crash with Marco Andretti, Dan Wheldon and others which resulted in Andretti flipping down the back straightaway. Just after the crash, the race was stopped due to rain. Carpenter's best finish in the remaining races was at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway with a 6th place finish after starting in 5th place. Carpenter finished the season ranked in 15th place in points with 309 points.

Carpenter (last car in picture) competing in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi.

For 2008, Carpenter returned with Vision Racing to drive the #20 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R. At the season-opening Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Carpenter qualified in 2nd place, only for his car to fail technical inspection along with teammate A. J. Foyt IV, who qualified in 3rd place. In the race, Carpenter started in 24th place and finished in 6th place. Carpenter would get another 6th place finish at the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. At the Indianapolis 500, Carpenter qualified in 10th place and finished in 5th place after leading 3 laps. Following eight races, Carpenter was ranked in 8th place in points, then Carpenter only achieved top tens in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway and the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Carpenter finished out the year with a fiery crash in the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway while running in the top five. Carpenter finished the season ranked in 15th place in points with 320 points.

Carpenter competing in the 2009 Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place.

In 2009, Carpenter returned with Vision Racing in the #20 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R and started off with poor performances in the first two races, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, both of which were street circuits. Carpenter then got back-to-back top 10 finishes on the ovals at the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway with a 9th place finish. At the Indianapolis 500, Carpenter qualified in 17th place and finished in 8th place. The day after the ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile (where Carpenter finished in a disappointing 16th place, 6 laps down), Carpenter's wife Heather Carpenter gave birth to their second child, Ryder Carpenter. Carpenter got his best finish of the season the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, leading the race 5 times for 34 laps before finishing 0.0162 seconds behind Ryan Briscoe following a pitched side–by–side battle. Carpenter finished out the season ranked in 12th place in points with 321 points.

In 2010, Vision Racing lost its sponsors and as a result shut down as full-time team. Carpenter then drove for Panther Racing in conjunction with Vision Racing in the #20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Dallara IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R at the Indianapolis 500. In the race, Carpenter started in 8th place and finished in 17th place due to a caution occurring during a round of pit stops, which put Carpenter a lap down. The two teams later fielded the car in the Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, the Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway and the season-ending Cafés do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. At Chicagoland, Carpenter started in 11th place and quickly challenged for the lead, leading for 3 laps. Carpenter then had handling issues and retired after 179 laps to finish in 20th place. At Kentucky, Carpenter qualified on the pole position and lead a front row sweep with teammate Dan Wheldon. Carpenter led for 11 laps and would nearly get his first victory when cars ahead of him had to make pit stops late in the race. Carpenter would finish in 2nd place when Hélio Castroneves managed to conserve his fuel supply to the end of the race without having to make another pit stop. At the season-ending race at Homestead, Carpenter started in 7th place and finished in 13th place, one lap down. Carpenter finished in 28th place in points with 90 points.

For 2011, Carpenter began to drive for Sarah Fisher Racing in the #67 Dollar General Dallara IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R. The team competed in a partial season consisting of all the oval track races, select road course and street circuit races. Carpenter made his season debut at the Indianapolis 500. Carpenter qualified in 8th place and finished in 11th place after leading for 3 laps. In the Firestone Twin 275s Race #1 at Texas Motor Speedway, Carpenter started in 5th place and finished in 18th place. For the Firestone Twin 275s Race #2 at Texas Motor Speedway, which determines its starting lineup through a random drawing, Carpenter drew a 10th place starting position and finished in 16th place. Following the two Texas races, Carpenter and the team began to struggle in qualifying and Carpenter had a best start of 14th place at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway. Carpenter further struggled on the road courses and street circuits, which resulted in his best finishes being a trio of 11th place finishes at Indianapolis, Iowa and the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At the next-to-last race of the season, the Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Carpenter started in 4th place and lead for 8 laps. In the late stages of the race, Carpenter battled with Dario Franchitti, who was in a championship battle with Will Power, and drove for one of the series' largest teams, Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Carpenter beat Franchitti by 0.0098 seconds, the closest finish in the history of the track, in the series' last race at the track and after Carpenter finished in 2nd place at the race the previous two years. Prior to the race, the team's main sponsor, Dollar General, announced that they were leaving the team meaning Carpenter won Dollar General's last race as a regular sponsor of the team (Dollar General returned to sponsor the team's car for Josef Newgarden at the 2012 Indianapolis 500). At the season-ending Izod IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Carpenter started in 3rd place and was soon running in 2nd place to pole sitter Tony Kanaan after 11 laps, when a major accident occurred in turn 1. The major accident began when James Hinchcliffe and Wade Cunningham made contact. J. R. Hildebrand then made contact when Cunningham swerved and Hildebrand drove over the rear of Cunningham, causing Hildebrand's car to go airborne. Cunningham collected Jay Howard on the inside of the track and then Townsend Bell on the outside before crashing into the wall. Vitor Meira lost control while attempting to avoid the crash, and spun inward, collecting both Charlie Kimball and E. J. Viso. At the same time Meira lost control, Tomas Scheckter was attempting to avoid the first crash by rapidly slowing down on the outside, which resulted in Paul Tracy crashing into the back of Scheckter. Pippa Mann was behind Tracy, hit the back of Tracy’s car and launched over the top of Tracy after jerking to the outside, in an attempt to avoid contact with Alex Lloyd. Dan Wheldon then drove over the rear of Kimball's car, which caused Wheldon’s car to go airborne and flip into the catch-fence. Wheldon was critically injuried during the crash. The race was cancelled afterwards and the results were not counted towards records. Carpenter finished the season ranked in 26th place in points with 175 points and finished in 6th place in the A. J. Foyt Oval standings with 141 points.[14]

In 2012, Carpenter started his own team, Ed Carpenter Racing, driving the #20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Dallara DW12-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6. During the season, Carpenter struggled in qualifying and, in the first 14 races of the season, had a best start of 19th in the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. Carpenter further struggled on road courses and street circuits resulting in a best finish of 12th place at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by ShopAutoWeek.com at Belle Isle State Park. On the ovals Carpenter was more competitive. At the Indianapolis 500 Carpenter crashed during Pole Day qualifying and requalified on Bump Day (the second day). Carpenter started in in 28th place and moved into the top five in the late stages of the race only to spin on lap 180, which took Carpenter out of contention. Carpenter finished in 21st place, one lap down. At Texas, Carpenter started in 19th place and quickly moved up through the field, only to finish in 12th place after dropping back late in the race. At the Milwaukee IndyFest presented by XYQ at the Milwaukee Mile, Carpenter stated in 22nd place and finished in 8th place, his first top ten of the season. Carpenter had another 8th place finish at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway after starting in 21st place. Carpenter then started in 8th place at the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on the Streets of Baltimore due to Carpenter qualifying early and several cars not getting in quick laps due to a premature end to qualifying. In the race, Carpenter crashed on lap 7 and finished in 25th, last, place. For the season-ending MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships at Auto Club Speedway, Carpenter starteded in 5th place and quickly challenged for the lead, which he then lead for 62 laps. Going into the last lap, Carpenter attempted to pass leader Dario Franchitti just as Takuma Sato lost control in turn 4. Carpenter would complete the pass before the caution came out and Carpenter went on to win his second Verizon IndyCar Series race. In both races Carpenter had Franchitti finish in 2nd place. Carpenter finished the season ranked in 18th place in points with 261 points and finished in 7th place in the A. J. Foyt Oval standings with 133 points.[15]

Carpenter (far right) was among the people who announce that Pocono Raceway would become a track for the IndyCar Seires in 2013.

Carpenter returned with ECR in 2013 to drive the #20. Carpenter improved his qualifying results on the ovals, with a worst start of 14th at the Pocono IndyCar 400 fueled by Sunoco at Pocono Raceway. Despite this, Carpenter struggled on the road courses and street circuits, achieving a best start of 14th at the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestlé on the Streets of São Paulo, due to qualifying being ended early with Carpenter getting quick laps in before several others had their own fast laps, and a best finish of 13th Honda Indy Toronto Race #1 at Exhibition Place. On the ovals Carpenter's results were significantly better, starting with a pole position at the Indianapolis 500. During the Firestone Fast Nine (the qualifying session that determines the pole position at Indianapolis) Carpenter's single-car team beat out all three cars fielded by Team Penske and all five cars fielded by Andretti Autosport, two of the largest teams in the series. In the race Carpenter lead for a race-high 37 laps, only to suffer handling issues in the second half of the race and drop to a 10th place finish. In the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway Carpenter qualified 9th and finished 4th. Carpenter's only disappointing oval race was the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile where Carpenter qualified 20th and finished 14th, two laps down. At the Iowa Corn Indy 250 Presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway Carpenter started and finished 4th after leading for 18 laps, being one of the few drivers to pose a threat to race winner and dominator James Hinchcliffe. Carpenter then finished 9th at Pocono, where Chevrolet engines (the type of engine Carpenter used) lacked then fuel economy of the rival Honda engines. Carpenter's next competitive race was at the season-ending MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships at Auto Club Speedway, where Carpenter started 7th and finished 2nd after leading for a single lap. Carpenter finished the season ranked 16th in points with 333 points.

In 2014 Carpenter decided to split driving the #20 with Mike Conway. Conway drove the road courses and street circuits while Carpenter drove the ovals. At Carpenter's season debut, the Indianapolis 500 Carpenter qualified on pole position for the second consecutive year. In the race, Carpenter, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti dominated the lead with Carpenter leading for 26 laps. On lap 176 on a restart for separate crashes between Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden Carpenter was running 2nd to Hunter-Reay when Townsend Bell went three wide in an attempt to pass Carpenter on the outside while James Hinchcliffe was on the inside of Carpenter. Hinchcliffe made contact with Carpenter, sending both of them into the wall. This ended Carpenter's race with a 27th place finish. At Carpenter's next race, the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, he qualified 5th and soon battled with Will Power for the lead. Later, when Carpenter and Power were making pit stops, Power came into the pit lane too fast and had to serve a penalty. On lap 142 a caution came out for Takuma Sato who had an engine fire. Carpenter and 2nd place driver Juan Pablo Montoya stayed out while the remaining lead lap cars (Power, Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan) went to the pit lane to get new tires. On the restart, with three laps to go, Carpenter held off Power for his third career Verizon IndyCar Series win. In the Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway Carpenter started in 13th place, during the race he had to make an extra pit stop to replace a bad tire during racing conditions. Carpenter finished 13th place as a result after running in the top 10 throughout the race. At the following race, the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway Carpenter started in 10th place. During the race Carpenter battled loose racecar in the late stages of the race while running in the top 5. On lap 282 Carpenter made contact with Juan Pablo Montoya in turn 3, causing Montoya to crash out of the race. During an interview with the NBC Sports Network Montoya called Carpenter a "douchebag." During the caution period Carpenter, Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal all made pit stops for new tires. On the restart Hunter-Reay and Newgarden passed Kanaan, who had dominated the race up to that point, for the lead and 2nd place. Carpenter would finish in 5th place while Rahal finished in 7th place. During the weekend of the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers at the Milwaukee Mile Carpenter's race team, Ed Carpenter Racing, merged with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for the 2015 season to form CFH Racing. In the race Carpenter started in 7th place and finished in 9th place. At the season-ending MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships at Auto Club Speedway Carpenter nearly crashed on both of his laps in qualifying after having a speed on his first lap be fast enough to qualify on the pole position. Carpenter started in 14th place. During the race Carpenter’s pit speed limiter did not function properly, which resulted in a drive-through penalty for speeding on pit lane. Carpenter recovered to finish in 3rd place behind Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon. Carpenter finished 22nd in points with 262 points.

For 2015, Carpenter began to drive for CFH Racing in the #20 Fuzzy's Dallara DW12-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 with Chevrolet areokit. Carpenter would drive the oval races and Luca Filippi would drive the road course and street circuit races. Carpenter would first compete at the Indianapolis 500. On the morning of Pole Day qualifying, Carpenter made a half spin in turn 2 and the left side of the car hit the outside wall. The car would flip over from the rear end of the car and would slide down the back straightaway. Because of Carpenter's accident, the series decided the reduce the boost on cars. During this time, Carpenter's team prepared his back-up car. Carpenter would qualify for the race in 12th place. In the race, Carpenter struggled and was running in the top 15 when he attempted to pass Oriol Servià for position on lap 113 when Carpenter clipped Servià. The two would crash into the turn 1 wall and Carpenter would finish in 30th place. Carpenter then competed at the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Carpenter would start in 15th place and finish in 22nd place due to an engine failure after completing 147 laps. Two laps later, Carpenter's teammate Josef Newgarden also retired due to an engine failure. At the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Carpenter started in 4th place and would be involved in a crash on the main straightaway with Newgarden on lap 158 and would finish in 22nd place.

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

Carpenter competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2007 for Vision Racing in the #00 Vision Racing Porsche-Crawford with Tomas Scheckter, Tony George, A.J. Foyt IV and Stephan Gregoire in the DP class. The car started 18th and finished 17th in its class due to engine problems after 587 laps. The car finished 29th in the overall results. Carpenter finished out the season ranked 103rd in the final points standings.

Carpenter returned to the series in 2008 for the Rolex 24 at Daytona for Vision Racing in the #03 Vision Racing Porsche-Crawford with A.J. Foyt IV, Vitor Meira, John Andretti and Tony George in the DP class. The car started 20th and finished 12th in its class with 615 laps completed. The car also finished 25th in the overall results. Carpenter ranked 68th in the final points standings at the end of the season.

Media appearances[edit]

Carpenter with his family at the 2015 Indianapolis 500

Film and television[edit]

Carpenter was the subject of an episode of the television series IndyCar 36. The episode highlights Carpenter's weekend at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway. The episode was broadcast prior to the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place on July 8, 2012.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2002 Sinden Racing Dallara IPS Infiniti Q45 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 Dallara IPS Infiniti Q45 HMS PHX STP INDY TXS IMS
11
NSH MIL KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON 26th 19

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team No. 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 18 Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MIS STL KTY NZR CHI
13
FON
13
TX2
21
27th 43
2004 Red Bull Cheever Racing 52 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 20 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 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 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 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 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 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 67 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 20 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 STP
14
ALA
22
LBH
18
SAO
23
INDY
10
DET
18
DET
15
TXS
4
MIL
14
IOW
4
POC
9
TOR
13
TOR
22
MDO
20
SNM
19
BAL
14
HOU
23
HOU
22
FON
2
16th 333
2014 STP LBH ALA IMS INDY
27
DET DET TXS
1
HOU HOU POC
13
IOW
5
TOR TOR MDO MIL
9
SNM FON
3
22nd 262
2015 CFH Racing STP NLA LBH ALA IMS INDY
30
DET DET TXS
22
TOR FON
22
MIL
10
IOW
MDO POC
SNM 29th* 47*
* 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 Top 5s Top 10s Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
13 7 156 3 3 13 41 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
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 1 27 Ed Carpenter Racing
2015 Dallara Chevrolet 12 30 CFH Racing

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