Ed Carpenter Racing announced on Friday that team owner and three time Indianapolis 500 polesitter Ed Carpenter will pilot the U.S Space Force No.20 Chevrolet for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday August 23.
The U.S Space Force became the sixth branch of the Department of Defense when it was signed into law in December 2019.
Speaking about their new partnership with ECR, Maj. Jason Wyche, Chief of Air Force and Space Force Recruiting National Events Marketing Branch said:
The U.S. Space Force’s involvement with the Indy 500 is centered around our organizations’ shared principles of STEM, teamwork, speed and competition. “Additionally, the partnership gives the U.S. Space Force the ability to reach a large number of prospects and influencers through the far-reaching broadcast viewership and media coverage both for and leading up to the race.
Carpenter whose team will field three cars for the Indianapolis 500 with Rinus Veekay in the No.21 SONAX Chevrolet and Conor Daly in the No.47 U.S Air Force Chevrolet commented saying:
This is such an exciting day, unveiling this beautiful U.S. Space Force Chevrolet that I will drive in the Indianapolis 500 on August 23! To be able to represent the men and women of the U.S.’s newest military branch is truly an honor, “Even though we are not running the ‘500’ on Memorial Day weekend this year, the event has such a strong connection to our Armed Forces and there’s no better way to showcase the brand new U.S. Space Force!”
Practice for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge gets underway on Wednesday.