Ed Carpenter Racing owner Ed Carpenter has confirmed that he will not stand in his driver Josef Newgarden’s way if he wants to move to a bigger team such a Penske or Ganassi.
Newgarden who is out of contract with Ed Carpenter Racing at the end of the season is having his strongest Verizon IndyCar Series season to date and is currently in fourth place in the series standings on 364 points.
The American has three races remaining this season starting with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway this weekend and has been extremely strong on oval circuits so far this season having qualified in second place for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May and finished the race on the podium in third place.
Carpenter who will drive the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet this weekend commented about the situation with Newgarden:
Stuff shakes out, The way I look at it, if Roger really wants to hire someone, he’s going to go hire them. I don’t know if Chip is exactly the same way or not. If Roger has a driver he wants to go get, it’s going to be hard for me to keep him from getting what he wants. At the same time, I’m just trying to do a good job. I think Josef and the team work well together. If it’s somewhere he wants to stay, we’d be glad to have him. If he wants to move on, we’d move on as well.
He went on to say:
“We have some rights within our current agreement, but it’s one of those things where it’s really hard to focus on it right now in the heat of the battle. My approach with Josef that we’ve had and that we continue to have is just try to do the best job we can and show him we’re capable of giving him the same opportunity he could get anywhere.
For his part Newgarden said he enjoys working with Ed Carpenter Racing and speaking about that he said:
They’ve given me more than I need to be successful and do a good job. There’s really nothing for me to gripe about. I’ve got a great owner and a great team.
Newgarden will miss the next race in Texas after retiring from the race earlier in the Summer and has been rescheduled for next weekend.