Ed set to defend his Auto Club Speedway 500-mile race title
FONTANA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2013) – Ed Carpenter returns to Auto Club Speedway Tuesday, Sept. 24, for IZOD IndyCar Series testing on the fast two-mile oval, site of the series’ season finale MAVTV 500 set for October 19.
“We are anxious to get out to Fontana and test again there,” said Carpenter, the series’ only team owner/driver. “That race last year was very exciting and there was some great wheel-to-wheel action. With the race being a month later in the schedule than last year, it will be good to spend a day testing with the car and get good perspective of the changes we have made since last year’s race.”
Last year’s MAVTV 500 started in daylight but finished under the lights. Ed and his squad figure to have more night time racing with the event being later in the calendar year.
“In last year’s race, the air temperature was over 100 degrees when the green flag dropped and the track cooled down throughout the event,” said Carpenter. “We think the racing surface will be cooler this year with the race a month later and with more night racing. But it can still get hot in October in the Fontana area, so testing can definitely help us Tuesday.”
Carpenter, the 2013 Indy 500 pole winner, captured his second career IndyCar win at Fontana, but it was the first victory for the Butler University grad as a team owner.
“My first IndyCar Series win came at Kentucky in 2011 with Sarah Fisher’s team and that was a spectacular feeling,” Carpenter said. “However, winning last year at Fontana with our own team in its rookie season was something special. Not many racing teams can win in their first year of operation. Auto Club Speedway will always be a special place for me.”
But Carpenter admits he has put that Fontana win well behind him now. He has set his sights on the Oct. 19 500-miler, the third leg of the Fuzzy’s Vodka Triple Crown.
“Our team has been working very hard on our game plan for this year’s Fontana race,” Carpenter says. “Obviously, winning the last race of the year in 2012 was the highlight to our team’s rookie year. This year, winning the pole at Indy was fantastic but we would really like to repeat at Fontana. So we need to be prepared for the challenge. We really want to get back to the Fuzzy’s 19th Hole Victory Lane on Oct. 19.”
Testing Tuesday at Auto Club Speedway runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and the test session is open to the public. Some 15 IZOD IndyCar Series teams are scheduled to be on hand.
About Ed Carpenter Racing: Owned by IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing was formed in 2011 in association with another Indiana-based company, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. Located just eight miles from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ed Carpenter Racing has comprised a stellar lineup of associates led by Tim Broyles as team manager, Bret Schmitt as crew chief and Matt Barnes as lead engineer. Their experience in open-wheel racing gives Ed Carpenter Racing strong leadership along with a solid contingent of crew members. Carpenter and the ECR/Fuzzy’s team won the 2012 season finale at Fontana, Calif., the MAVTV500 as well as the pole position at the 2013 Indianapolis 500. The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka entry is powered by the twin-turbo V-6 Chevrolet IndyCar engine in 2013. Ed Carpenter’s racing history, dating back to age eight, includes victories in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and USAC National Sprint Car and Midget competition. For more information, please visit www.EdCarpenterRacing.com.