Ed Carpenter admits it was initially strange to stay on pit-lane with team manager Tim Broyles, engineer Matt Barnes and crew chief Bret Schmitt while Mike Conway drove the #20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car during a two-day test last month, but otherwise likes the direction his team is heading in.

Q:
When was the subject of you stepping out of the car for the roads and streets broached?

Ed Carpenter:
[Wife] Heather and I talked about it a little bit before the season was over, but we didn't really get into it until after the season. I threw the idea out there after our first year with Fuzzy's just to make sure we were doing everything we could do to make them happy and they didn't want anyone else in the car but me, which I appreciate.

This year seemed to be the right time to do it for the health and growth of the team. Once we started talking about it, Mike was clearly the best person for us. I think he's going to fit in well with his personality and obviously he skill set.

Q:
To have someone who can come in and work with many of the people he knows must have been part of the decision-making, too...

Ed Carpenter:
It's just a really good fit for what he wants to do, what his skill set is and his professional approach is really in line with how we operate. It's early, but we'll all expecting to do great things.

Q:
With the strengths of both of you, the entrant championship probably is a goal?

Ed Carpenter:
It's a rarity, but I feel like we have all the tools and the combined talent of Mike and I and the team's overall ability, the potential is there to make that goal a reality. Like everything, it's going to come down to execution and overachieving every weekend.

Q:
With not being in the car during those twelve races, will that allow you more time to devote to growing the team through the sponsorship base?

Ed Carpenter:
It's definitely going to be an adjustment. I'm still going to have the mentality of a driver on those weekends. I think I'll be able to bring additional help to the team and help Mike and certainly have a little more time to focus on the business side of things. That's the main objective is to making sure Ed Carpenter Racing is in a position to be sustainable and be a long-standing team in the series.