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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)
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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)
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Josef Newgarden leads his CFH Racing team mate (and team co-owner) Ed Carpenter during practice at The Milwaukee Mile. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter, and Tony Kanaan go three-wide during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter. Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter gets ready on pit lane. Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 17 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter`s car on the flat bed. Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 17 2015. (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter`s car on the flat bed. Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 17 2015. (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Sunday May 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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