CARPENTER BATTLES FROM 25TH TO 11TH IN THE RAIN AT NHMS
SFR Driver Ed Carpenter Finishes 11th in Today's MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225
LOUDON, NH (August 14, 2011)-Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) driver Ed Carpenter finished in the 11th position in today's MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), with today's start being the first of Carpenter's career on the 1-mile banked oval located in Loudon, NH. Today's race marked the IZOD IndyCar ® Series' return to the racing venue, following a 13 year absence. Despite a challenging weekend for SFR, Carpenter began the race in the 25th position after struggling to find consistency in the car, but maintained a steady pace throughout the race, had strong restarts, and the crew performed flawless pit stops, good enough to bring the No. 67 Dollar General machine home in the 11th finishing position.
Unfortunately, as the result of a poor IZOD IndyCar Series officiating call, Carpenter's day did not go off without a hitch. Following a lengthy caution for precipitation, with a substantial amount of rain still falling on the track surface, and after many team complaints to race control regarding moisture, officials made the decision to drop the green flag. This decision resulted in multiple driver contact on the front straightaway, involving SFR's Ed Carpenter and his No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara. Carpenter was uninjured in the incident, but was unhappy with the decision made by IZOD IndyCar Series officials. Prior to the incident, Carpenter was in the 11th position, which remained the case after officials made the decision to revert back to track position before the drop of the green flag.
Ed Carpenter: "Obviously this weekend hasn't been one to remember, but the whole team fought hard. I never gave up, just like the team didn't give up on me all weekend. We were making up spots in the race, and the car was really good on restarts. I passed cars every single start, and today was the most fun I've had on two-wide restarts. It's just disappointing. We were working hard. The car was getting faster as the race went on, and we kept getting better. To have our race ended by a poor officiating call, trying to restart a race in the green while it's raining, is just really unfortunate."