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IndyCar Driver of the Year 2011: 9th

You voted Ed Carpenter into 9th place in Crash.net's IndyCar Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2011:
9. Ed Carpenter

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Ind. USA
Team: Sarah Fisher Racing
2011 starts: 10
Poles: 0
Wins: 1
Top 5: 1
Top 10: 1
Championship points: 175
Championship position: 26th

Ed Carpenter has been around IRL and IndyCar since 2003, but after Vision Racing (the team owned by Carpenter's stepfather, former Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George) folded before the start of the 2010 season it seemed that his chance to make it into the top ranks of the sport had passed him by.

Carpenter was able to make only four race appearances last year with Panther Racing, but then put together a deal with Sarah Fisher Racing for a ten-race partial season in 2011 concentrating on the ovals which started with the Indianapolis 500 - and culminated at Kentucky Speedway.

For some reason, Kentucky simply adores Ed Carpenter. In 2009 he recorded his then-best series result with second place there; the following year, he claimed his first IndyCar career pole position and went on to take second place again in the race. And finally in 2011 the big breakthrough he'd been waiting so long for happened - his first series victory. It just had to come at Kentucky.

It was by no means an easy win, and his late-race battle with Dario Franchitti was one of the closest and most tense pieces of on-track action we saw all season. The smart money would have been on Franchitti - the multiple series champion in top-of-the-line Ganassi equipment - to take the chequered flag, but instead it was Carpenter who put in a flawless display and pushed the SFR car for all it was worth and then some, outracing Franchitti on merit to claim not just his but also the Sarah Fisher Racing team's first-ever IndyCar win.

Whether this moment turns out to be the high watermark of his career or is simply the first of many successes as he becomes a team owner-driver in 2012 remains to be seen, but the way that he drove in those final few minutes in Kentucky would be a genuine credit to any driver in any series.

Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2011 results so far:

10. JR Hildebrand



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Ed Carpenter leaves the pit lane during Friday Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 20. [Picture credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Ed Carpenter with his team owner Sarah Fisher on Pole Day for the 2011 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 21. [Picture credit: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media]
Ed Carpenter (Sarah Fisher Racing) (Photo Credit: IndyCar Media]
Dario Franchitti and Ed Carpenter talk after finishing first and second in the Kentucky Indy 300. October 2011. [Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Ed Carpenter [Picture credit: IndyCar media]
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads the field down the frontstretch during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Will Power crashes out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The field flashes across the start/finish line during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Atep - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 2:52 PM

TCM just had all the movies Paul was in such a wnuoerfdl tribute to him, and I got to see you again .in my opinion one of the best actors of all time!, he also was a great humanitarian with his salad dressing spaghetti sauce, he has so many good products out there, just try some of them they are really good and they all go to charities, and I mean all!..who does that now???? I admire you Paul for everything you have done in your life.! May God bless.May you rest in Heavenly Peace,



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