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Ed Carpenter – Q&A

Ed Carpenter talks about the new approach for his eponymous IndyCar team, and life on the sidelines for most of the 2014 season...
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.


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Polewinner Ed Carpenter poses for photos on the frontstretch on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter in action during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter at Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB - Saturday June 22, 2013. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway celebrates with the Ed Carpenter Racing team after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter on track at Iowa (Photo by Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter poses with the winner`s trophy after the Firestone 600 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter adds his name to the wall of Firestone 600 champions (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter Racing in Victory Circle (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates his victory Saturday, June 7, 2014 during the IndyCar Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates his victory in the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates his victory during the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. (Photo by Harry E. Walker/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 takes the chequered flag to win the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. (Photo by Harry E. Walker/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ed Carpenter shoots the six-shooters as the victor of the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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