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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 boss Ed Carpenter pose for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures with the team from Ed Carpenter Racing after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: 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, April 13, 2014 during the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: 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, April 13, 2014 during the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, raises his arm as he crosses the finish line Sunday, April 13, 2014 to win the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
New team mates Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter chat in the pit stand prior to the first session during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday, March 17. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates on the podium with Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan after the IndyCar finale, MATV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California on Saturday, October 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, center, celebrates his win with 2nd place Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, left, and 3rd place Tony Kannan, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology - SS Racing Chevrolet, right, Saturday, October 19, 2013 in the IndyCar finale, MATV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. (Photo Credit: Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
Pole winner Ed Carpenter and his wife Heather at the Indy 500 Victory Awards Celebration held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 27 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The start of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter leads at the start of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
The front row qualifiers face the press on the frontstretch on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Indy 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter poses for pictures with fellow front row men Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz on the front stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Indy 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter poses for pictures with fellow front row men Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz on the front stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)

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