Driver – #20
After ascending the European motorsport ranks, Jordan King comes to Ed Carpenter Racing as he transitions to the next step in his career – Indy car racing. He joins the Verizon IndyCar Series field with numerous accolades, including the FIA Institute’s 2015 Driver of the Year and the as 2013 British Formula 3 champion.
The native of Warwickshire, England began karting in 2005. After success on both national and international levels, King progressed to single-seaters in 2010. He claimed the 2013 British Formula 3 championship in his debut season and served as a development driver for Manor F1 in 2015 and 2016. Most recently, King competed for MP Motorsport in the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship, collecting Top 10 finishes in over half of the races.
Though only 24-years-old, King brings years of experience from the world’s most famous grand prix circuits to ECR as he will drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet at the road and street course events during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
First Start: 3/11/18 (St. Pete)
Best Start: 4th, St. Petersburg (3/11/18)
Best Finish: 12th, Road America (6/24/18)
Starting as a majority of great drivers do, Jordan King began his motorsport career in karts in 2005 and found success on the national, European and international levels. His most notable accomplishments included FIA / CIK KF3 Asia-Pacific Championship, winning the British Kartmasters GP and second place in both the Minimax and WSK KF2 Karting Master Series championships.
The next step for King was the transition to single-seaters in 2010, participating in the competitive Formula Renault UK series. Finishing 8th in his rookie year, he progressed to the Formula Renault Northern European Cup, earning second place in the championship in 2011. During this time, he also won the MRF Series in India and finished 5th in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.
King continued his climb through the European ranks when he joined British Formula 3, a world-renowned series which has propelled more drivers to Formula 1 than any other. He won the championship in his debut season of 2013, with three wins and eight podium finishes. Additionally, he also competed in the FIA European Formula 3 championship in 2013 and 2014, picking up nine podium finishes.
King graduated to GP2 for the 2015 season, signing with Racing Engineering. He scored his first GP2 podium at Spa-Francorchamps with a second place finish. In the midst of his debut season in GP2, he completed the FIA Institute’s Young Driver Excellence Academy and was named the 2015 FIA Institute Driver of The Year. King remained with Racing Engineering for the 2016 GP2 season, finishing 7th in the championship with five podium finishes, two of which came in the form of wins at Red Bull Ring in Austria and Silverstone in England.
His driving prowess was recognized by Manor F1 and he was signed as a development driver for 2015 and 2016. King participated in several tests for Manor, including his debut in a Pirelli test in Abu Dhabi in December 2015 and at Silverstone in July 2016, just days after winning the GP2 British Grand Prix. His first outing in a grand prix practice session was Friday at the 2016 United States Grand Prix, followed by another session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the next month.
Prior to the 2017 season, GP2 was rebranded FIA Formula 2. For King’s third season in the series, he joined MP Motorsport and scored Top 10 finishes in over half of the races.
Ready for a new challenge, King will compete in a US-based racing series for the first time as he joins the Verizon IndyCar Series with Ed Carpenter Racing. Though he will be competing as a true Indy car rookie, he brings with him years of experience from the world’s most famous grand prix circuits. King will drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for ECR at all road and street course events during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Season.
Verizon IndyCar Series Career History
– Competes for Ed Carpenter Racing in the No. 20 Chevrolet for the road and street course events
– Set track record in qualifying for his Indy car debut (1:00.0476 at St. Petersburg, Fla.)
– Advanced to Firestone Fast 6 in qualifications at St. Petersburg and Indianapolis road course
– Led street course events at St. Petersburg and Toronto
Road to the Verizon IndyCar Series
– Competed for MP Motorsport in the newly-renamed FIA Formula 2 championship, collecting Top 10 finishes in over half of the races
– Finished 7th in the GP2 point standings for Racing Engineering with two wins and five podiums
– Continued as a Development Driver for Manor Racing MRT F1, participating in several tests and driving in practice sessions at the 2016 United States Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
– Named winner of the FIA Institute Driver of The Year within the global motorsport governing body’s Young Driver Excellence Academy
– Selected by Manor Marussia F1 Team to serve as a Development Driver
– Joined GP2 with Racing Engineering, finishing 12th in the standings with one podium
– Competed in FIA European Formula 3 with Carlin, finishing 7th in the championship with seven podium finishes
– Champion of British Formula 3 with three wins and eight podiums
– 6th in the FIA European Formula 3 championship with two podium finishes
– Runner up with Manor in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup standings with one win and nine podiums
– Earned second place in the MRF 200 championship for Team Sidvin
– Scored a podium finish in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, also with Manor
– Finished 5th in Toyota Racing Series with one win and four podiums, competing for M2 Competition
– Champion of MRF Formula 1600 India for Team Sidvin with four wins and six podiums
– Competed in four rounds FIA Formula Two championship
– Earned a podium in Formula Renault UK, finishing 8th in the standings for Manor
– Raced in the Silverstone round of 2010 Formula Palmer Audi, earning pole position in first qualifying attempt
– Competed in Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Championship
– Began career in karting, 2005-2009
– Notable accomplishments include FIA/CIK KF3 Champion, second overall in the Minimax Super One National Kart Championship, winning the British Kartmasters GP and finishing runner-up in the WSK Karting Master Series