Ed Carpenter has confirmed that he will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 with his team however he is no longer in partnership with Sarah Fisher and Hartman Oil with the team being renamed Ed Carpenter Racing.
Carpenter will race in all the oval events while Josef Newgarden continues with the team on all road and street circuits.
Carpenter commented on the team by saying:
After competing for a year as CFH Racing, we will be returning to ECR for 2016 and beyond, While we had a great year as CFH Racing, we have had some partnership changes within the organization and it makes the most sense to return to ECR. I am proud of what we have accomplished as a team since we started in 2012 and look forward to building upon that success for another exciting Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Sarah Fisher will remain involved with ECR through sponsorship of the team and speaking about the new arrangement Fisher stated:
It’s important for IndyCar to have strong entries on grid and this team needs to be two of them, so I will do what I can to help them with business developments and continue with solutions for our current partners, I am lucky to have been an owner in this series for eight years, having incredible memories along the way. Lastly, I am extremely thankful to Wink and Libba Hartman for everything they’ve done to help us get to where we are today.
Josef Newgarden will drive the No.21 ECR Chevrolet with a special Fuzzy’s Vodka Ultra Premium colour scheme for the first four races of the season. Newgarden commented on the upcoming season by saying:
I may never have had the chance to race an Indy car if it was not for Wink Hartman, Libba Hartman, Sarah Fisher and Andy O’Gara. They really were a huge turning point in my career and helped me break into the professional level. Their support was everything and more that a young driver could ask for, Moving forward, I’m extremely excited about 2016 with Ed Carpenter Racing. I enjoy working with Ed Carpenter so much, as both a teammate and a team owner. I look forward to putting 100 percent into the season and trying to achieve greater and bigger results. With the entire ECR team and the Chevy partnership we have, I feel there is absolutely nothing that can stand in our way from topping our very promising season in 2015.
Ed Carpenter commented further by saying:
ECR is in a great position as we head into 2016 and have support from great partners like Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka and Direct Supply. We have been a Chevrolet team from the beginning, so we’re excited to continue that relationship and help them win another championship. We have had a very productive off-season and our plans are well underway for a successful year.
ECR will begin testing on February 8th at Phoenix International Raceway ahead of the opening race of the Verizon IndyCar Series which takes place at St Petersburg from March 11-13.