Ed Carpenter Racing announced on Tuesday that thanks to its expanded partnership with sponsor Preferred Freezer Services they will field a three car team for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with JR Hildebrand joining Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter at the team for the month of  May.

Newgarden and Hildebrand will carry the blue and white colours of PFS for the Indianapolis 500 and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Preferred Freezer Services will also act as the primary sponsor to Josef Newgarden’s No.21 Chevrolet for the Honda Indy Toronto in July and the Grand Prix of Boston in September while PFS will continue to be an associate sponsor for the remaining races of the season.

Team owner Ed Carpenter will also carry the Preferred Freezer Services polar bear on his overalls for the entire 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Speaking about the expansion of their partnership with PFS, Ed Carpenter stated:

It is great to have Preferred Freezer back for another Month of May and to carry them on the cars all year long, It is always ‘cool’ to have the giant polar bear around.  This is a partnership that has grown each year and we are proud to see it grow again this year.  We all have high hopes for all of our team cars at Indianapolis and I can’t wait to get started.

Hildebrand who competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 with ECR then CFH Racing commented on his return for the 100th running of the race by saying:

I’m really glad we were able to put everything together at ECR to continue our program with Preferred Freezer, Especially going into this year’s 100th Running of the 500, you know everyone is bringing their absolute best to the fight. After the experience I’ve had over the last two years with this team, I know that we’re going to be bringing a race-winning effort ourselves. I’m looking forward to working with Ed and Josef again and putting the PFS entries up front throughout May!

Josef Newgarden who had an incredibly successful 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season with CFH Racing commented on the expanded partnership with Preferred Freezer Services by saying:

I’m thrilled to have Preferred Freezer Services on the car, they are such a great partner of ECR and very supportive of our efforts. It’s going to be a fun Month of May trying to get them a couple of wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I’m even more excited to have JR back on the team, he’s a phenomenal teammate and fantastic driver. I’m excited to work with him and Ed as ‘Team America’ again!

ECR general manager Tim Broyles commented by saying:

I’m really excited to have JR back on board for the 100th, we consider him part of the ECR family, I really have to thank all of our partners that have stepped up to make this happen:  Fuzzy’s Vodka, Stuart Reed, Gary Edwards, Trut Edwards, John Galiherand Preferred Freezer.

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