ED CARPENTER RACING LOOKS TO RETURN TO THE PODIUM AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
Aiming to Better Two Second Place Finishes in Past Two Years
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (July 6, 2016) – Advance Notes
- A pair of twin Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolets from Ed Carpenter Racing will take to the shortest track the Verizon IndyCar Series faces this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Drivers Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden are both hoping their first win of 2016 will come at the conclusion of Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 at the .875-mile oval in Newton, Iowa.
- After finishing second in the past two Iowa Speedway races, Newgarden is hoping to reach one step higher on the podium. Newgarden was at the front of the pack for over a third of last year’s race, leading 111 of 300 laps. In both 2014 and 2015, Ryan Hunter-Reay beat Newgarden to the line by just over a half of a second.
- In his last four starts at Iowa Speedway, Carpenter has finished no lower than 8th, including a 6th place in 2015. When he gets behind the wheel of his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet this weekend, he will be looking to top his best Iowa Speedway finish of 4th, which came in 2013.
- He may have had a surgically-repaired clavicle and a broken bone in his hand, but there was no stopping Newgarden two weeks ago at Road America. He qualified 20th, but drove all the way up an 8th place finishing position. His impressive drive was two weeks two the day after he was injured in an accident during the suspended Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Carpenter is the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, piloting the No. 20 during the oval races. During the Firestone 600, the most recent oval, Carpenter had worked his way up to 5th after starting 14th. When the race resumes on Lap 71 on August 27, Carpenter will retain his position.
- ECR participated in a test at Iowa Speedway last week, immediately following Road America. J.R. Hildebrand drove the No. 21 to give Newgarden a bit more time to rest before taking on the 0.875-mile oval. Carpenter tested his own car.
- Newgarden sits 5th in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings, just 18 points out of second place.
- In a change from past years, the Iowa Corn Indy 300 moves from Saturday night to late afternoon on Sunday. NBC Sports Network’s live broadcast of the 300-lap race begins at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 10.
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: We were able to test at Iowa and I thought it went really well. The track has done a nice job of smoothing things out a little in Turn 1. The past few years it has been a night race, so it will be a little challenging this year. The 20 car needs to be a little better yet to be a race winning car, but this test gave us a good direction before we get back on track on Saturday.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “I’m excited for Iowa. We should have a really good shot at going there and winning the race with either of the Fuzzy’s Vodka cars. We had a great test and I am super thankful to J.R. Hildebrand for getting us in a great spot going into the weekend. We just need to show up and execute well. If we do, I think we have all the ingredients necessary to have a strong weekend.”