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, 2017 will be Carpenter’s 15th 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 nine 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. 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: 13
Top 10 Finishes: 43
Laps Led: 305
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 the Firestone 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 IndyCar 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.
In 2015, Carpenter claimed top-ten finishes in two of the six oval races he competed in.
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
– Drove #20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet in six oval races
– Claimed top-ten finishes at Milwaukee and Iowa
– Led lap at Auto Club Speedway
– Announced he would compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series oval events and would hand the car over to Mike Conway for the road and street course races
– 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
– Finished in the top five in three of six events he competed in
– 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 final 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 IndyCar Series victory in the season finale at Kentucky Speedway, driving for Sarah Fisher Racing
– Had a best starting position of fourth, also at Kentucky Speedway
– Qualified eighth for the Indianapolis 500
– Competed in ten races
– Participated in four events with Panther Racing/Vision Racing
– Earned first career pole at Kentucky Speedway and finished second for the second year in a row
– Started a career-high seventh at Indianapolis
– Recorded one top-five and six top-10 finishes
– Led 34 laps en route to career-best finish of second at Kentucky Speedway
– Tied career-best start of fourth at Homestead
– Career-high season points finish of 12th driving for Vision Racing
– Recorded top-five finishes at Homestead and Indianapolis and had seven top-10 finishes
– Led first career laps in the 92nd Indianapolis 500
– Finished 15th in IndyCar Series point standings for Vision Racing
– Finished 15th in IndyCar Series point standings for Vision Racing with a best finish of sixth at Homestead
– Earned first top career top five with a fifth place at Chicagoland Speedway
– Finished 14th in IndyCar Series point standing
– Finished 18th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing with a best finish of 10th at Nashville
– Finished 16th in IndyCar Series standings for Red Bull Cheever Racing with a best finish of eighth at Kentucky
– Finished second in Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings
– Made IndyCar Series debut at Chicagoland with PDM Racing, starting 16th and finishing 13th
– Made history at Chicagoland when he became the first driver to compete in an Indy Lights Series event and an IndyCar Series event on the same weekend
2008: Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona with Vision Racing
2007: Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona with Vision Racing
2003: Finished third in Indy Lights point, won inaugural Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2002: Finished third in Indy Lights point standings, completed the most laps (454 of a possible 455), only competitor running at the finish of every event
2001: Competed in the USAC Sprint Car Series, tested IndyCar Series car at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Panther Racing
2000: Competed in the USAC Silver Crown
Series, finished ninth overall in USAC National Midget
1999: Finished 13th in USAC National Midget Car Series as a rookie
1998: Made midget debut at 16th Street Speedway (Ind.) in USAC Regional Series.
Early Career: Raced in quarter-midget and three-quarter midget competition at the club, regional and national levels