Driver / Owner
Only one individual in the Verizon IndyCar Series handles both the responsibility of driving the racecar and owning his own team: Ed Carpenter. As one of the most experienced drivers in the field, 2018 will be Carpenter’s 16th season of Indy car competition. Even now as he competes in only the oval events, the 36-year-old has 14 top-ten finishes since starting his own team and has led at least one race in each of the last ten seasons. He solidified his status as a hometown favorite when he scored back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 and 2014, then qualified on the front row again in 2017. The 2003 Butler University graduate resides in Indianapolis with wife Heather and their children Makenna, Ryder and Cruz.
Birthdate: March 3, 1981
Birthplace: Paris, Ill
Children: Makenna, Ryder, Cruz
Top 5 Finishes: 14
Top 10 Finishes: 46
Laps Led: 375
First Start: 9/7/03 (Chicagoland)
Ed Carpenter learned to drive on tractors, but by the time he was eight years old he had moved to racecars. Carpenter began his career in quarter-midget and three-quarter midget competition at the club, regional and national levels. His midget debut came in 1999 at the 16th Street Speedway as part of the USAC Regional Series.
Through 2001, Carpenter found success while moving up through the USAC ranks, competing in the National Midget Car Series, Silver Crown and Sprint Car Series. In 2002, Carpenter joined the Menards Infiniti Pro Series (now Indy Lights) and finished third in the point standings with 454 of a possible 455 laps completed.
Three weeks after he graduated from Butler University in May of 2003, Carpenter became a winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after claiming the inaugural Freedom 100. That win, coupled with six top-five finishes in seven races, gave Carpenter another third place finish in the Indy Lights championship.
2003 was also the beginning of Carpenter’s Verizon IndyCar Series career. His debut came at Chicagoland Speedway where he made history when he was the first driver to compete in an Indy Lights event and an Indy car event in the same weekend. Carpenter’s rookie IndyCar season followed in 2004 with Red Bull Cheever Racing, finishing second in the Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings.
From 2005 to 2009, Carpenter drove full seasons for Vision Racing, collecting 26 top-10 finishes along the way. In 2010, he competed in four events for Panther Racing/Vision Racing. He earned his first career pole position at Kentucky Speedway, finishing second in the race for the second year in a row. Kentucky continued to be kind to Carpenter as he claimed his first IndyCar Series win the following year at the track, one of ten events he competed in as part of Sarah Fisher Racing.
A new team came to the IndyCar Series grid in 2012, Ed Carpenter Racing. Carpenter’s own team would feature himself as the driver and an association with Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka. He claimed his second season finale victory in a row with a last-lap pass at Auto Club Speedway. Throughout the season he finished 14 of 15 races, tied for the best finishing record in the IndyCar Series.
Carpenter and his team were able to claim the coveted pole position for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with an average speed of 228.762 mph. He led 37 laps of that event, the most of any driver. In October, he nearly won his third consecutive season finale, finishing second at Auto Club Speedway. Carpenter placed fifth in the final IndyCar Series oval point standings.
For the 2014 season, Carpenter announced he would drive in the six oval events and hired Mike Conway to drive the Fuzzy’s Vodka car in the road and street course events. Carpenter finished in the top five of half of the races he competed in, including a win at Texas Motor Speedway. That victory was one of three Ed Carpenter Racing would record in 2014. Carpenter was the fastest qualifier for the Indianapolis 500 for the second year in a row, claiming another pole position with a four-lap average of 231.067 mph.
Carpenter continued to compete in the oval events during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but was plagued by mechanical and electrical issues. In the 11 races he completed in, he was sidelined in all but three. However, two of those three resulted in Top 10 finishes, including a 6th place at Iowa Speedway. In 2015, Luca Filippi stepped into the No. 20 for the road and street course events and Carpenter hired 2015 Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot to drive the non-ovals following the 2016 Indianapolis 500.
For the third time in five years, Carpenter earned himself a front row starting position for the Indianapolis 500 as he qualified second in 2017. When he took the lead of the 500, 2017 became the 10th year in a row in which he has led a Verizon IndyCar Series race. He qualified 4th at Iowa Speedway and 5th at Gateway Motorsports Park, with a best finish of 7th at Phoenix Raceway. Before being collected in an incident in the opening green-flag lap at his final race of the year at Gateway, Carpenter had finished no worse than 12th in the other five oval races in 2017. Pigot again took over the No. 20 for the road and street course events.
The 2018 season will mark Carpenter’s 16th year of Indy car competition as he will continue to drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet on ovals.
Carpenter resides in Indianapolis with his wife Heather and their three children: Makenna, Ryder and Cruz. He is an avid fan of Butler Bulldogs basketball, the Indiana Pacers, and the Indianapolis Colts. His hobbies include cycling, water skiing and karting in his spare time.
Verizon IndyCar Series Career History
– Competed in the six Verizon IndyCar Series oval events for Ed Carpenter Racing
– Qualified second for the Indianapolis 500, his third front row start in the past five years
– Led at Indianapolis, extending streak to ten consecutive seasons of leading at least one lap
– Best finish of 7th at Phoenix International Raceway
– Recorded the fastest lap times in practice sessions at Indianapolis and Texas and the second-fastest lap in final practice at Iowa
– Competed in the five Verizon IndyCar Series oval events for Ed Carpenter Racing
– Qualified a season-best fifth at Phoenix
– Led at Texas Motor Speedway, his ninth consecutive season with at least one lap led
– Drove #20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet in six oval races
– Claimed top-ten finishes at Milwaukee and Iowa, best finish of 6th at Iowa
– Led race at Auto Club Speedway
– Announced he would compete exclusively in the oval events and would hand the car over to Mike Conway for the road and street course races
– Finished in the top five in three of six events he competed in
– Earned the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 for the second consectutive year with a four-lap average of 231.067 mph
– Won the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 66 of the final 67 laps of the 248-lap event
– Captured the 2013 Indianapolis 500 pole position at 228.762 mph and led 37 laps, most of any driver
– Finished fourth at Texas and Iowa
– Nearly won his third consecutive season finale, placing second to Will Power at Auto Club Speedway in October
– Placed fifth in oval IndyCar Series point standings; 16th in overall point standings
– Announced the formation of Ed Carpenter Racing and an association with Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka
– Won the season-ending race at Auto Club Speedway on a last-lap pass over Dario Franchitti
– Running at the end of 14 of 15 races, tied for the best finishing record in the series
– Finished 18th in IndyCar Series point standings
– Earned first Verizon IndyCar Series victory (Kentucky Speedway), driving for Sarah Fisher Racing
– Competed in 10 races
– Had a best starting position of fourth, also at Kentucky
– Started eighth in the Indianapolis 500
– Competed in four events for Panther Racing/Vision Racing
– Earned first career pole at Kentucky and tied career-best finish of second
– Started career-high eighth at Indianapolis
– Sixth season in the series proved to be best to date with career-high season points finish of 12th
– Scored best-ever finish of second in a wheel-to-wheel battle at Kentucky
– Tied career-best start of fourth in season finale at Homestead
– Finished 15th in standings driving for Vision Racing
– Tied career-best finish with fifth at Homestead and Indianapolis
– Recorded seven top-10 finishes
– Led first career laps in 92nd Indianapolis 500
– Finished 15th in point standings for Vision Racing
– Best finishes of sixth at Homestead and Iowa
– Finished 14th in point standings for Vision Racing with best finish of fifth at Chicagoland, his first career top-five
– Recorded six top-10 finishes, including best-ever road course finish of sixth at Watkins Glen
– Finished 18th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing with a best finish of 10th at Nashville
– Finished 16th in championship standings for Red Bull Cheever Racing, earning a career-best eighth at Kentucky
– Finished second in Rookie of the Year standings
– Made Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Chicagoland with PDM Racing, started 16th and finished 13th
– Started two other events, finishing 13th at Auto Club and 21st in season finale at Texas
– Made history at Chicagoland when he became the first driver to compete in an Indy Lights race and a Verizon IndyCar Series race on the same weekend
Other Racing Experience
– Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona with Vision Racing
– Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona with Vision Racing
– Finished 13th in USAC National Midget Car Series as a rookie
– Earned first career feature victory at Louisville (Ky.) Motor Speedway in only his fourth start.
– Made midget debut at 16th Street Speedway (Indianapolis) in USAC Regional Series
– Finished third in Indy Lights point standings with one win and eight top five finishes
– Won inaugural Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first automobile race conducted in the month of May in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500
– Finished third in Indy Lights point standings with six top-five finishes in seven races
– Earned best result of second at Kentucky
– Completed the most laps (454 of a possible 455) and was the only competitor running at the finish of every event
– Competed in the USAC Sprint Car Series, earning first victory in season finale at Salem, Ind.
– Finished ninth overall in the USAC Silver Crown Series, earning six top-10 finishes
– Best result was sixth at Indianapolis Raceway Park in May
– Tested Verizon IndyCar Series car at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Panther Racing.
– Competed in the USAC Silver Crown Series, earning five top-10 finishes with best result of sixth at DuQuoin, Ill.
– Named Rookie of the Race at Phoenix and Nazareth
– Claimed the pole for the Hulman-Hoosier Hundred at Indiana State Fairgrounds and led 80 laps before retiring
– Finished ninth overall in USAC National Midget Car Series, earning four top-five finishes and a best result of second
at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals.
– Raced in quarter-midget and three-quarter midget competition at the club, regional and national levels
– Won national quarter-midget championship events at Xenia, Ohio, and Hagerstown, Md.