Carpenter Getting Used To Life In IndyCar Pit Lane


Carpenter won the pole position for the 2013 Indy 500 (Credit: F. Peirce Williams for Chevrolet)

Ed Carpenter has said it will take a while to get used to spending more time in the IndyCar pit lane as Mike Conway gets set to drive on the street and road courses in the #20.

IndyCar regular Carpenter has decided to scale back his commitments in the Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka machine to solely oval races.

Indeed it turned out to be a perfect seat for Brit Conway as he did not want to race on ovals any more, meaning a drive share with Carpenter was an absolutely ideal solution.

“It did feel different watching, but the team worked well with Mike on developing the car. It was a good start for us. Overall, I like the direction we are going.” Said Carpenter, the sole team owner/driver in the IndyCar Series.

“It’s just a really good fit for what he wants to do, what his skill set is and his professional approach is really in line with how we operate. It’s early, but we’ll all expecting to do great things.”

With the drive being shared it effectively rules out the championship for either driver – although Conway may be in with a slim chance if he wins every race – so Carpenter is instead focussing on the team’s championship: “It’s a rarity, but I feel like we have all the tools and the combined talent of Mike and I and the team’s overall ability, the potential is there to make that goal [team’s championship] a reality. Like everything, it’s going to come down to execution and overachieving every weekend.”

The 2014 IndyCar season starts on March 30 at St Petersburg where Conway and Ed Carpenter Racing will hope to make a solid start to the season.