King joins ECR for road and street IndyCar races

Formula 2 driver Jordan King will join Ed Carpenter Racing for the road and street course races in the 2018 IndyCar Series.

King joins ECR for road and street IndyCar races
Jordan King, MP Motorsport
Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Jordan King, MP Motorsport
Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Jordan King, MP Motorsport
Jordan King, MP Motorsport

King will compete in 11 races next year, having spent 2017 in Formula 2 with MP Motorsport. Team boss Carpenter will continue to race in oval events.

King also completes the line-up at ECR after the team moved Spencer Pigot to its full-time driver seat in September, replacing JR Hildebrand.

King had been exploring options in IndyCar, and team owner Carpenter explained a meeting at Sonoma in 2016 led to the beginning of their relationship.

"We are very excited to welcome Jordan to the ECR family and to have him in the #20 Chevrolet for the 2018 road and street course races," said Carpenter.

"I first met Jordan at Sonoma Raceway in 2016 as he was exploring opportunities in IndyCar.

"He is a very motivated, intelligent and hungry driver, which is exactly what we are looking for at ECR. Jordan has had a lot of success and experience in Europe and I can't wait to see what he is capable of."

King says that joining Ed Carpenter will help him get to grips with IndyCar quickly.

"I am beyond excited to get started in the IndyCar series," said King. "After winning at Silverstone in 2016 and being able to drive in F1 practice, 2017 was not what I was hoping for.

"Going into the new season, I'm really looking forward to having the opportunity with ECR to work towards our collective goals. I believe that together, both of us have the capability to do well."

"Sharing the No. 20 seat with Ed gives me a great opportunity to learn from him and the team, while racing at the road and street courses will let me put into practice what I have learnt."

King will drive the Ed Carpenter-run Chevrolet Dallara for the first time on Friday at Sonoma, as the team begins testing the new-for-2018 universal aerokit for the first time.

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