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ALLISON TRANSMISSION TO JOIN ED CARPENTER RACING FOR 100TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

A INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2016) – Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) today announced a sponsorship of Ed Carpenter Racing for the two Verizon IndyCar Series events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, including the world-renowned Indianapolis 500. Allison will appear on the No. 20 car which will be driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 pole…

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Indy Family Foundation ‘Festival on Main’ adds the Concert on Main to the popular family friendly event

Popular Hoosier artists Jon McLaughlin, Josh Kaufman and Hunter Smith Band headline the free stage. SPEEDWAY, Ind. (April, 11 2016) – The Indy Family Foundation, with support from the100th Running Host Committee and the Speedway Chamber of Commerce, is revving up for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 by reviving the popular ‘Festival on Main.’…

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Defending Race Winner Newgarden Returns to Barber Motorsports Park

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DEFENDING RACE WINNER NEWGARDEN RETURNS TO BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
Driver of No. 21 Scored His First Career Win At Home Race in 2015

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) April 19, 2016 – Advance Notes

  • For the first time in his Verizon IndyCar Series career, Josef Newgarden is able to return to a race course as the defending winner. Newgarden scored his breakthrough first win in 2015 at Barber Motorsports Park, the site of this weekend’s event.
  • Newgarden earned his first career Indy car victory at last year’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after a commanding performance, leading a field-high 46 of 90 laps. He started 5th and led the race three different times, taking the lead for the final time on Lap 70.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing has five starts as a team at the 2.38-mile, 17-turn permanent road course outside of Birmingham, Ala., including the victory with Newgarden in 2015. Newgarden has four starts at Barber Motorsports Park, finishing in the Top 10 each of the last three years.
  • Though he now resides in Indianapolis, Newgarden is a native of Hendersonville, Tenn., 20 minutes outside of Nashville. Barber Motorsports Park is considered to be his home race; several of Newgarden’s friends and family members were trackside to see his victory last year.
  • The Verizon IndyCar Series visited Long Beach, Calif. last weekend for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Newgarden started 9th and finished 10th in the 80-lap race, which remained caution-free for the entire distance.
  • The race at Barber Motorsports Park will be the final event where Newgarden’s No. 21 will feature a special paint scheme depicting the newest addition to the Fuzzy’s Vodka portfolio. The Commemorative 100th Running Limited Edition bottle, which celebrates the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is now hitting shelves nationwide.
  • Practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama begins on Friday, April 22. The 90-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 24.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “Barber, I’m excited to get back there! We’ve had a couple of good top 10 finishes these last two races, now it would be nice if we could go there and get a little bit better than that. Finally getting back on the podium or getting a win would be nice leading into the Month of May! That’s our priority; we’ve got a fast car at Barber. We won there last year and we’re coming back with a great Fuzzy’s Vodka team. It’s also going to be the last race for the 100th Running Commemorative Bottle livery, so we’ll try to send it out with a bang!”

Newgarden earns top 10 finish in caution-free Long Beach Grand Prix

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NEWGARDEN EARNS TOP 10 FINISH IN CAUTION-FREE LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX
80 Laps Of Green Flag Racing Yields A 10th Place For Josef Newgarden

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) April 17, 2016 – Race Notes

  • A completely green race and tough passing conditions were the main storylines of today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, where Ed Carpenter Racing driver Josef Newgarden finished 10th in his No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet.
  • Newgarden started 9th in today’s 80-lap race. Within the first two laps, he was passed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and dropped to 10th. However, Newgarden was the only car in the Top 10 to start the race on the black primary Firestone Firehawks.
  • He made his first pit stop on Lap 21, switching to alternate red Firehawks. After the entire field cycled through their first round of stops, Newgarden sat 9th and was the only car other than the leader to be on red tires.
  • Charlie Kimball, who made his first stop long before the rest of the field, came into the pits for a second stop on Lap 30, moving Newgarden up to 8th.
  • The second stop for the Fuzzy’s Vodka crew came on Lap 50. Newgarden switched to scuffed red tires, though an issue with the inside rear tire cost him precious seconds. Newgarden fell to 10th after the rest of the field made their stops.
  • Sebastien Bourdais was able to pass Newgarden on Lap 63 to drop him down to 11th. However, Graham Rahal was forced to slow to conserve fuel and Newgarden was able to get by him to move back into the Top 10.
  • Newgarden finished 10th in only the 4th caution-free race in the 40-year history on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He heads to next week’s race at Barber Motorsports Park at the defending race winner.
  • The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is up next for the Verizon IndyCar Series, site of Newgarden’s first career win last year. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network next Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 10TH: “Well, not the weekend we wanted! But, it’s always good if you get a Top 10, so points wise, not the worst weekend. Also, not the best weekend! With the way the race shook out, qualifying probably hurt us more than anything today. No yellows and tough to pass, but the race car was dynamite. The whole Fuzzy’s Vodka crew has been working their tails off and we had no real missteps this weekend. We had a little bobble there on the last pit stop, but we’ve got some of the best guys in the paddock. It’s going to come down to just qualifying better and running away with the thing, so next weekend that’s what we’ll try and do at Barber!”

Top 10 Starting Position for Josef Newgarden in the streets of Long Beach

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TOP 10 STARTING POSITION FOR JOSEF NEWGARDEN IN THE STREETS OF LONG BEACH
Newgarden Will Roll Off 9th In Tomorrow’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) April 16, 2016 – Qualifying Notes

  • Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka driver Josef Newgarden qualified 9th for tomorrow’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet will roll off from Row 5 in Newgarden’s 5th start at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit in downtown Long Beach, Calif.
  • With a lap of 67.4141 seconds in Practice 3, Newgarden sat 7th on the combined timing sheet for the weekend leading up to qualifications.
  • Newgarden was assigned to Group 2 for the first round of qualifications. On his first timed lap, he shot up to the top of the scoring sheet. After two laps on scuffed black tires, Newgarden came into the pit lane for a switch to sticker red Firestone Firehawks. On his first flying lap, he again went to 1st. He advanced to Round 2 of qualifications with the 4th fastest lap.
  • For the start of Round 2, Newgarden began the session on scuffed black tires, then switched to another set of sticker reds. He jumped to 4th, where he remained until the end of the session. Unfortunately, timing and scoring went down and the timing sheets did not update. After a refresh to the system, Newgarden was scored with the 9th fastest lap at 67.2548 seconds and did not advance to the Firestone Fast 6.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach two years ago with Mike Conway behind the wheel. Newgarden was leading the 2014 race when second place Ryan Hunter-Reay caused a seven-car incident as he attempted a pass. Conway was able to avoid the melee and was fourth following the accident, moving into second place on the ensuing restart. Race leader Scott Dixon was forced to pit for fuel with three laps remaining, handing the lead and the win to Conway.
  • Newgarden started on the front row in the 2012 race in only his third career Verizon IndyCar Series event. He ran in the top five for most of the 2015 event before he was blocked into his pit box by another car, losing precious seconds. He dropped to 7th, but still claimed his best finish in the historic street race.
  • For the first four events of 2016, Newgarden’s No. 21 will feature a special paint scheme depicting the newest addition to the Fuzzy’s Vodka portfolio. The Commemorative 100th Running Limited Edition bottle, which celebrates the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, will be available nationwide this weekend.
  • The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend will begin with practice on Friday, April 15. The 80-lap race through streets of the California city will take place on Sunday, April 17 with a live broadcast beginning on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 9TH: “We didn’t qualify as high as we were all hoping for. We’ve got a good racecar and we’ve been fast on old tires. We’ve been really in the mix all weekend, we just can’t seem to get that last little bit. It would have been nice to get in the Firestone Fast 6 and put the Fuzzy’s Vodka car a little closer to the front! We have a little more work to do tomorrow. It was a weird session, I didn’t have any timing and scoring in the car or any split times, I was just trying to go as hard as I could and get the most I could out of the thing! It makes it a little bit harder, but at the end of the day we didn’t have enough to advance. Tomorrow, we’ll try and do better. I have a lot of confidence in the Fuzzy’s crew, we’ll have a fast racecar!”

Indiana Wesleyan University Joins Ed Carpenter For 100th Running of Indianapolis 500

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INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY JOINS ED CARPENTER FOR 100TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
IWU To Highlight Carpenter, Month Of May Activities In Admissions Campaign
(MARION, Ind.) April 13, 2016 – Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) announced today a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Carpenter is the only owner/driver in the series, competing for his own team, Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR). IWU will support Carpenter as he makes his 13th start in the iconic 500-mile race on May 29, 2016.

“It is great to be able to partner with Indiana Wesleyan University. As a full-time athlete and a college graduate, I value the importance of higher education,” Carpenter stated. “Without my degree, I certainly don’t think I would be in the position I am today. I look forward to working with IWU and their current and prospective students!”

Carpenter balanced the demands of education and being a professional driver since beginning to race at age 8. Three weeks after he completed his marketing degree in May of 2003, Carpenter became a winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he captured a victory in the inaugural Freedom 100. He founded ECR in 2012, then won back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 and 2014.

David Rose, VP for Non Residential Enrollment Management and Marketing shares, “We are excited about our relationship with Ed Carpenter. The value he places on higher education and the excellence he brings to his profession exemplify the quality that IWU strives to provide to our adult and residential students.”

IWU was established in 1920 and has degree programs for adults as well as residential students on its campus in Marion, Ind. Carpenter will be an advocate to the IWU admissions department, speaking to prospective students and appearing in recruitment campaigns. Throughout the Month of May, IWU administrators and faculty will join Ed Carpenter Racing trackside at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The partnership between IWU and Carpenter was facilitated by Indianapolis-based motorsport agency, Just Marketing International (JMI). JMI will continue to offer guidance as IWU and Ed Carpenter enter their relationship.

“We are thrilled to bring Ed Carpenter and IWU together in partnership for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Jon Flack, COO and President, Americas of JMI. “All three of our businesses being based in Indiana makes the partnership very meaningful.”

Practice for the Indianapolis 500 will begin on Monday, May 16. The historic 100th running of the 500-mile race will take place on Sunday, May 29 with a live broadcast beginning at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

Ed Carpenter Racing head to West Coast for the Grand Prix of Long Beach

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ED CARPENTER RACING HEADS TO WEST COAST FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
Newgarden Eyes Podium In Long Beach After Career-Best Finish in 2015

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) April 12, 2016 – Advance Notes

  • Ed Carpenter Racing heads to the west coast this weekend for the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for ECR, will be making his 5th start at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit in downtown Long Beach, Calif.
  • ECR won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach two years ago with Mike Conway behind the wheel. Newgarden was leading the 2014 race when second place Ryan Hunter-Reay caused a seven-car incident as he attempted a pass. Conway was able to avoid the melee and was fourth following the accident, moving into second place on the ensuing restart. Race leader Scott Dixon was forced to pit for fuel with three laps remaining, handing the lead and the win to Conway.
  • Newgarden started on the front row in the 2012 race in only his third career Verizon IndyCar Series event. He ran in the top five for most of the 2015 event before he was blocked into his pit box by another car, losing precious seconds. He dropped to 7th, but still claimed his best finish in the historic street race.
  • The Verizon IndyCar Series most recently competed at Phoenix International Raceway for the first time since 2005. Newgarden bounced back from a disappointing season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg, earning a 6th place finish despite having to drive from the back of the field twice. Newgarden’s teammate and team owner Ed Carpenter started 5th and ran no worse than 8th before contact with the wall ended his promising night.
  • For the first four events of 2016, Newgarden’s No. 21 will feature a special paint scheme depicting the newest addition to the Fuzzy’s Vodka portfolio. The Commemorative 100th Running Limited Edition bottle, which celebrates the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, will be available nationwide this weekend.
  • The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend will begin with practice on Friday, April 15. The 80-lap race through streets of the California city will take place on Sunday, April 17 with a live broadcast beginning on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “I can’t wait to get to Long Beach! It’s one of the most exciting events of the year. As a street course, it’s very thrilling and it has an amazing atmosphere. It’s definitely one of the tracks I feel like we’ve always been fast at, just not quite able to seal the deal from a results standpoint. The last couple of years we’ve been close, fighting within the top five but not able to get to the podium. Hopefully we can turn that around this year with the Fuzzy’s car and get on to the podium or even to victory lane!”

NEWGARDEN OVERCOMES NIGHT OF ADVERSITY TO FINISH 6TH IN PHOENIX

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NEWGARDEN OVERCOMES NIGHT OF ADVERSITY TO FINISH 6TH IN PHOENIX
Carpenter’s Promising Night Comes To Disappointing End

(AVONDALE, Ariz.) April 2, 2016 – Race Notes

  • Josef Newgarden came from the back of the field twice to finish 6th in tonight’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. A promising night for Ed Carpenter ended early after contact with the wall while he was running in 3rd place.
  • The two Fuzzy’s Vodka cars started one in front of the other in the 250-lap race. Ed Carpenter rolled off the grid from the inside of Row 3 in the 5th position in his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. Josef Newgarden was just behind in Row 4, starting from 7th.
  • Newgarden’s night was off to a wild start right from his first pit stop of the evening. The crew was not able to fuel the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet on his first trip down the pit lane, forcing him to make an additional stop. He dropped all the way to the back of the field to the 21st position.
  • After managing to stay on the lead lap and work his way back up to 9th, Newgarden saw Charlie Kimball come across the nose of his car in Turn 1. Newgarden was forced to make another unscheduled pit stop for a new front wing and dropped back to 11th as the last car on the lead lap.
  • Carpenter was working to get past Will Power to move into the second position before his last stop of the race. As he backed out of a run to fall back in line, the car picked up understeer. Carpenter was forced into marbles and sent into the Turn 4 wall. He was unharmed in the accident, but his race came to an end on Lap 195. He was credited with a 21st place finish.
  • Prior to his accident, Carpenter ran no worse than 8th the entire event. He is one of only four drivers in the field who competed in the last Indy car race at PIR, held in 2005.
  • For the first four events of 2016, Newgarden’s No. 21 will feature a special paint scheme depicting the newest addition to the Fuzzy’s Vodka portfolio. The Commemorative 100th Running Limited Edition bottle, which celebrates the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, will be available nation-wide in mid-April.
  • Carpenter, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, races exclusively on ovals. His next race will be the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He is a two-time pole winner for the 500-mile race, capturing the coveted first starting spot in both 2013 and 2014.
  • The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is up next for Newgarden and the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew. The weekend will begin with practice on Friday, April 15. The 80-lap race through streets of the California city will take place on Sunday, April 17 with a live broadcast beginning on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 6TH: “The weekend went a little tougher than we wanted, overall. We got great performance out of the car, we just didn’t get the results we probably could have achieved. The race was difficult. If we could have stayed up front all night without having problems, it could have been different. We just kept going to the back of the field, first with the pit stop mishap and then with the broken front wing. We kept charging forward, which speaks volumes to to the performance of the car and what the team produced. It was a shame we couldn’t get a little higher than 6th, but it’s good points. We’ll move on to the next one and try to be a little higher up in the Fuzzy’s car.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “The team put Josef (Newgarden) and I in a great position all weekend. It’s been really hard to pass out there, which is surprising. After the warmup, I thought it was going to be a really ‘racey’ race, but everyone just kind of equalized tonight. I got a run on Will (Power) out of Turn 2, thought I was maybe going to be able to get inside in Turn 3 . It wasn’t going to happen. He raced me hard but clean. When I backed out to fall back in line, I just picked up a little bit of understeer and got the marbles. It is a shame for the Fuzzy Vodka car. We were a couple laps away from pitting there and we should be out there fighting for the win. I feel like I let the team down.”

CARPENTER LEADS QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR ECR AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

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CARPENTER LEADS QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR ECR AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Carpenter Will Start 5th in Tomorrow’s Race, Newgarden One Row Behind In 7th
(AVONDALE, Ariz.) April 1, 2016 – Qualifying Notes

  • The weekend started off exactly as planned for Ed Carpenter Racing when teammates Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden finished the first practice session at the top of the leaderboard. Carpenter set the fastest time of this morning’s practice session with a lap of 192.400 mph in his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. Newgarden was just behind with the second-quick lap at 192.225 mph.
  • Qualifying for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix featured each driver taking two laps around the 1.022-mile oval to garner their average speed. Hello Castroneves captured the pole position for tomorrow’s 250-lap race.
  • Newgarden was the first of the ECR drivers to qualify. With laps of 19.3675 seconds and 19.3053 seconds in his No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet, his average speed of 190.094 was good enough to earn him the 7th starting position on tomorrow night’s grid.
  • Carpenter took his qualification attempt immediately after Newgarden. His two laps of 19.2647 seconds and 19.3053 seconds earned him the 5th position with an average speed of 190.780 mph. An oval specialist, this will be Carpenter’s first race this season.
  • Practice for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will continue this evening with one more half an hour session. It will be the last practice before tomorrow night’s event.
  • Saturday night’s race will mark the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Carpenter is one of only four drivers in the field who competed in the last Indy car race at PIR, held in 2005.
  • Though never having raced at Phoenix International Raceway, Newgarden set the third-fastest lap of the two-day promoter test in February. Carpenter was right behind, setting the fourth-quickest lap overall.
  • For the first four events of 2016, Newgarden’s No. 21 will feature a special paint scheme depicting the newest addition to the Fuzzy’s Vodka portfolio. The Commemorative 100th Running Limited Edition bottle, which celebrates the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, will be available mid-April.
  • The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 2.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5TH: “We wanted to be 1-2 all weekend! While we weren’t able to accomplish that, our main goal is to win the race. We still have a good opportunity in front of us for that. It’s a good thing when you’re a little frustrated about starting 5th! I know there’s more speed in the car, we just didn’t quite get the right downforce level for qualifying in these conditions. IndyCar is so tough, we’re fighting over hundredths and thousands. It doesn’t take much to get a jump on your competition so we’ll chalk this up and remember it for next time.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “We hung it out there like we needed to and got up relatively high up in the field. Not quite what we wanted, I thought both myself and Ed were going to be pole contenders for sure. We had great cars with the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets. We were just battling the conditions there. I don’t think we quite had what we needed, but even though we’re not on the pole we still have fast racecars!”

ED CARPENTER RACING EXCITED FOR FIRST OVAL RACE OF 2016

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ED CARPENTER RACING EXCITED FOR FIRST OVAL RACE OF 2016
Carpenter, Newgarden Eager to Return to Phoenix International Raceway After Successful Promoter Test
(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) March 29, 2016 – Advance Notes

  • After a successful promoter test at Phoenix International Raceway in late February, Ed Carpenter Racing is excited to return to the 1.022-mile oval in the desert outside of Phoenix. Team owner Ed Carpenter will join Josef Newgarden in the team’s first two-car effort of 2016.
  • Saturday night’s race will mark the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Carpenter is one of only four drivers in the field who competed in the last Indy car race at PIR, held in 2005.
  • Though never having raced at Phoenix International Raceway, Newgarden set the third-fastest lap of the two-day promoter test in February. Carpenter was right behind, setting the fourth-quickest lap overall.
  • For the first four events of 2016, Newgarden’s No. 21 will feature a special paint scheme depicting the newest addition to the Fuzzy’s Vodka portfolio. The Commemorative 100th Running Limited Edition bottle, which celebrates the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, will be available mid-April.
  • The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be Carpenter’s first race of the 2016 season. An oval specialist, Carpenter has won three races in the past five years. He will drive the familiar green and gold No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet in his 14th season of Indy car racing.
  • Newgarden, who turned 25 in December, is coming off the best season of his Verizon IndyCar Series career. He earned his first win only four races into the 2015 season at Barber Motorsports Park, then led his teammate to the team’s first ever 1-2 finish in the Streets of Toronto in June. Highlights of Newgarden’s year also included two additional podium finishes, capturing his first career pole position at the Milwaukee Mile and leading the most laps (345) of all drivers in 2015.
  • Things did not go according to plan for Newgarden in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. An electrical issue with the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet dropped Newgarden to the back of the field, ultimately causing him to retire from the race early and finish in the 22nd position.
  • Practice and qualifying for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will take place on Friday, April 1. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 2.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “I am very excited to be getting back in the car for this weekend’s race at Phoenix. It will be my first race since last season and I am chomping at the bit to get back out there! Excitement has been building for this race since it was announced and we are looking for a big weekend with the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “I’m excited to get back to Phoenix! Hopefully we can get back up on the board this time, St. Pete was a bit of a rough start to the year. Those things happen, but the guys have been working really hard leading up to this next race weekend. It will be great to be running with Ed again, we always work well together. I think we’re going to bring a pretty strong effort to the first oval of the year and hopefully have a good showing in the Fuzzy’s Vodka cars!”

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