Verizon IndyCar Series driver/owner Ed Carpenter is hoping that his team can build on what was a successful 2016 campaign for the No.21 Chevrolet which was driven by Josef Newgarden.
Newgarden has left the Indianapolis based outfit signing for Team Penske for next season replacing Juan Pablo Montoya.
During the 2016 season, Newgarden took four podium finishes in 2016 including his victory at the Iowa Corn 300 despite suffering from a broken clavicle. Newgarden ended the season as the highest placed non-Penske driver ending the year fourth in the series standings.
Newgarden’s highlight of 2016 included a front row start at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
While Newgarden had a great season, Carpenter who continued to run a part time schedule running just oval races endured a tough season ending the year in 25th place in the series standings on 67 points.
Speaking to IndyCar.com about his season, Carpenter commented by saying:
As an owner, I’m super proud of the team. Josef had another career year, the second one in a row. “For me as a driver, this was a really challenging year just because things didn’t go well. I didn’t get any results, I didn’t win any races, I didn’t feel like I really achieved any of my goals.
Carpenter has yet to reveal who will drive for his team next season but spoke about this saying:
I feel like we’ve done enough as a team, that we’re a desirable destination and that we’ll have good options. “I feel like we get stronger as a team each and every year. We’ve got a good thing going here.
A number of drivers are possible for Ed Carpenter Racing such as two time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, JR Hildebrand, Carlos Munoz and Spencer Pigot who drove a part time programme with Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Chevrolet.