Ed Carpenter
Ed  Carpenter
Ed Carpenter Racing
20 Chevrolet USA Road To Indy Graduate
UAK18 Superspeedway
Ed Carpenter
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
Race Wins
Mar 3, 1981
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(About competing on ovals and at Indianapolis): "The Indianapolis 500 every year is the highlight of my racing professional season. If I'm fortunate enough to qualify, this will be my 14th, which I'm very proud of. Every year I add on, the list gets smaller of guys that have done that many. Every year we've been here, we've had competitive situations. We're getting better and closer on figuring out how to win the race."


  • Two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner.
  • Oval-track specialist whose three career wins have all come on ovals; scheduled to drive the six ovals on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
  • Won the first Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 2003 Freedom 100.


  • Co-owner of Ed Carpenter Racing along with Tony George and Stuart Reed. Is the only owner/driver competing in INDYCAR.
  • Graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis and has been featured in the university’s advertising campaign.
  • Is a fan of the Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.


2018 NTT IndyCar Series 6 0 1 1 4 66 5
2017 NTT IndyCar Series 6 0 0 0 1 5 5
2016 NTT IndyCar Series 5 0 0 0 0 1 1
2015 NTT IndyCar Series 6 0 0 0 2 1 2
2014 NTT IndyCar Series 6 1 1 3 4 122 5
2013 NTT IndyCar Series 19 0 0 3 5 56 17
2012 NTT IndyCar Series 15 1 0 1 3 62 14
2011 NTT IndyCar Series 10 1 0 1 1 11 10
2010 NTT IndyCar Series 4 0 1 1 1 14 3
2009 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 1 6 35 16
2008 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 2 7 3 13
2007 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 0 6 0 12
2006 NTT IndyCar Series 12 0 0 1 6 0 10
2005 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 0 1 0 10
2004 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 0 0 1 0 9
2003 NTT IndyCar Series 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 176 3 3 14 48 376 134
2005 Indy Lights 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2003 Indy Lights 12 1 3 8 9 141 9
2002 Indy Lights 7 0 0 6 7 4 7

RAF = Running at Finish




First Start
September 7, 2003 (Chicagoland)
First Win
October 2, 2011 (Kentucky)
First Pole
September 3, 2010 (Kentucky)

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2017
    • Competed in the six Verizon IndyCar Series events for Ed Carpenter Racing, with a best finish of seventh at Phoenix.
    • Qualified second at Indianapolis, his third front row start for the Indy 500.
    • Led five laps at Indianapolis, his 10th consecutive season with at least one lap led.
  • 2016
    • Competed in the five Verizon IndyCar Series oval events for Ed Carpenter Racing with best finish of 18th at Iowa and Texas.
    • Qualified a season-best fifth at Phoenix. Led a lap at Texas, his ninth consecutive season with at least one lap led.
  • 2015
    • Competed in the six oval events on the schedule for CFH Racing with best finish of sixth at Iowa
    • Qualified a season-best fourth at Auto Club Speedway
  • 2014
    • Competed in six oval races for Ed Carpenter Racing.
    • Won at Texas in June, and placed third in the season finale at Auto Club Speedway
    • Captured the pole position for the second straight year at the Indianapolis 500.
    • Led four races for total of 122 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished 16th in point standings as owner/driver of Ed Carpenter Racing.
    • Had best finish of second at Auto Club Speedway, the third straight year he finished first or second in season finale.
    • Won pole for Indianapolis 500 and led 37 laps, most of any driver.
    • Recorded three top-five finishes: at Texas, Iowa and Auto Club.
  • 2012
    • Finished 18th in season standings as owner/driver of Ed Carpenter Racing, winning season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
    • Ran as high as third at Indianapolis before spin late in the race led to 21st-place finish.
    • Had three top-10 finishes.
  • 2011
    • Earned first IndyCar Series victory (Kentucky Speedway), driving for Sarah Fisher Racing.
    • Competed in 10 races.
    • Had a best starting position of fourth, also at Kentucky, and started eighth in the Indianapolis 500.
  • 2010
    • Competed in four events for Panther Racing/Vision Racing.
    • Earned first career pole at Kentucky and tied career-best finish of second.
    • Started career-high eighth at Indianapolis.
  • 2009
    • Finished 12th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing, his best to date.
    • Recorded best-ever finish of second in a wheel-to-wheel battle at Kentucky.
    • Tied career-best start of fourth in season finale at Homestead
  • 2008
    • Finished 15th in standings driving for Vision Racing.
    • Tied career-best finish with fifth at Homestead and Indianapolis.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes.
    • Led first career laps in 92nd Indianapolis 500.
  • 2007
    • Finished 15th in point standings for Vision Racing with best finishes of sixth at Homestead and Iowa.
  • 2006
    • Finished 14th in point standings for Vision Racing with best finish of fifth at Chicagoland, his first career top-five.
    • Recorded six top-10 finishes, including best-ever road course finish of sixth at Watkins Glen.
  • 2005
    • Finished 18th in standings for Vision Racing with a best finish of 10th at Nashville.
  • 2004
    • Finished 16th in championship standings for Red Bull Cheever Racing, earning a career-best eighth at Kentucky.
    • Finished second in Rookie of the Year standings.
  • 2003
    • Debuted in Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Chicagoland with PDM Racing, started 16th and finished 13th.
    • Started two other events, finishing 13th at Auto Club and 21st in season finale at Texas.
    • Made history at Chicagoland when he became the first driver to compete in an Indy Lights race and a Verizon IndyCar Series race on the same weekend.

Ed's Road to Indy

  • 2008
    • Competed in Rolex 24 At Daytona with Vision Racing.
  • 2007
    • Competed in Rolex 24 At Daytona with Vision Racing.
  • 2003
    • Finished third in Indy Lights point standings with one win and eight top-five finishes.
    • Won inaugural Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first automobile race conducted in the month of May in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500.
  • 2002
    • Finished third in Indy Lights point standings with six top-five finishes in seven races.
    • Earned best result of second at Kentucky.
    • Completed the most laps (454 of a possible 455) and was the only competitor running at the finish of every event.
  • 2001
    • Competed in the USAC Sprint Car Series, earning first victory in season finale at Salem, Ind.
    • Finished ninth overall in the USAC Silver Crown Series, earning six top-10 finishes. Best result was sixth at Indianapolis Raceway Park in May.
    • Tested Verizon IndyCar Series car at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Panther Racing.
  • 2000
    • Competed in the USAC Silver Crown Series, earning five top-10 finishes with best result of sixth at DuQuoin, Ill. Named Rookie of the Race at Phoenix and Nazareth.
    • Claimed the pole for the Hulman-Hoosier Hundred at Indiana State Fairgrounds and led 80 laps before retiring.
    • Finished ninth overall in USAC National Midget Car Series, earning four top-five finishes and a best result of second at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals.
  • 1999
    • Finished 13th in USAC National Midget Car Series as a rookie.
    • Earned first career feature victory at Louisville (Ky.) Motor Speedway in only his fourth start.
  • 1998
    • Made midget debut at 16th Street Speedway (Ind.) in USAC Regional Series.
  • Early Career
    • Raced in quarter-midget and three-quarter midget competition at the club, regional and nation levels.
    • Won national quarter-midget championship events at Xenia, Ohio, and Hagerstown, Md.
Ed Carpenter Racing

In late 2011, Ed Carpenter Racing was created with Ed Carpenter himself assuming responsibilities of both owner and driver with full support from Indiana-based Fuzzy’s Vodka.

Carpenter drove the full 2012 and 2013 seasons in his own car, scoring his first win as both owner and driver in the team’s first season. The Indianapolis native solidified his status as a hometown favorite when he won back-to-back pole positions for the 2013 and 2014 Indianapolis 500s.

Heading into 2014, Carpenter shifted his driving focus exclusively to ovals and hired Mike Conway to compete in the road and street course events. ECR won three races in 2014 – Carpenter at Texas Motor Speedway and Conway at Long Beach and the second of the Toronto doubleheader events. 

ECR combined with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for 2015, forming a two-car effort known as CFH Racing. Prior to the 2016 season, Carpenter resumed full ownership and Ed Carpenter Racing returned. Full-time driver Josef Newgarden scored three wins in those two seasons, including leading teammate Luca Filippi to the team’s first-ever 1-2 finish.

After three years of driving for ECR during the Month of May, JR Hildebrand stepped into the full-time role in 2017 and scored two podium finishes. Carpenter qualified second for the Indianapolis 500, his third front row start in five years and the team’s fourth. Spencer Pigot, who joined the team midway through the 2016 season as the road and street course driver, retained his role for a second year.

In 2018, Carpenter will race at all oval events in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet while British newcomer Jordan King will take over for the road and street courses. Pigot has been elevated to drive the No. 21 Chevrolet full-time and will compete in all Verizon IndyCar Series races.


Team Website edcarpenterracing.com