Ed Carpenter Racing Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer NTT IndyCar Series rookie Rinus VeeKay continued proving his worth after ending up sixth fastest (231.114 mph) in Saturday’s opening qualifying round for the 104th Indianapolis 500. Not only was the 19-year-old sensation from Ed Carpenter Racing was the fastest rookie, he’ll also be the lone representative for Chevrolet as the rest of the Fast Nine shootout drivers are Honda powered engines. VeeKay’s superb four-lap average speed, highlighted with an opening lap speed of 231.789 mph, took place very early in the session as he wasRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The man wearing a black t-shirt around the paddock is back. Cole Pearn, former NASCAR crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr. (from 2015-19 that resulted in 24 Cup Series wins and the 2017 championship), will make his return to auto racing as the head engineer for Conor Daly’s efforts for the 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge August 23. Pearn spent two nights with Daly’s team (Ed Carpenter Racing) and has been preparing for the “Month of August” from a computer as he’s ready to markRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Former NASCAR Cup Series championship winning crew chief Cole Pearn will be taking his talents to the NTT IndyCar Series. That’s because Ed Carpenter Racing announced Wednesday that Pearn will be the lead engineer for Conor Daly’s No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet in next month’s 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge. Pearn was elated when describing the announcement as he’ll be working with Peter Craik, the lead engineer of Ed Carpenter’s No. 20 Chevrolet and former co-worker at Furniture Row Racing. “I am super excitedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A no-go restart turned catastrophic for both Rinus VeeKay and Colton Herta, who were involved in a scary Lap 157 crash during Friday’s Iowa INDYCAR 250 at Iowa Speedway. INDYCAR Race Control had waved off the restart just before Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward could take off as the race leader. Further behind is where things got chaotic as drivers began bunching up at the entrance in Turn 4. Both drivers cleared from the medical center after the @ColtonHerta @rinusveekay incident.#INDYCAR // #IOWA250S pic.twitter.com/ODiBbwY4xi — NTTRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Colton Herta set the pace of the only practice session for Friday’s Iowa INDYCAR 250 at Iowa Speedway as his fastest speed was 171.990 mph, topping Carlin’s Conor Daly’s speed of 171.488 mph with just four minutes remaining. The Iowa doubleheader will mark Daly’s second race with the No. 59 team this season and he navigated at the bumpy and physically demanding circuit days with ease despite undergoing rehabilitation to his right shoulder. Last Saturday at Road America, Daly was involved in a heavy shunt followingRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Rookie Rinus VeeKay made a big statement in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix, finishing fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. This comes a month after his disastrous NTT IndyCar Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway where he wrecked two cars, causing some ire from his boss Ed Carpenter. Fortunately, the 19-year-old put that nightmare behind and focused on having a contrasting performance at the 2.439-mile road course. Mission was accomplished and certainly will put a smile on Carpenter’s face as VeeKay’s No. 21 SONAX ChevroletRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The NTT IndyCar Series will make its first of three stops at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this season on a historic Independence Day weekend as NASCAR will also make the trip to the landmark Indiana circuit as part of the televised billed “Indy Doubleheader.” The grand prix will kick-off the “Indy Doubleheader” as the Xfinity Series will have its inaugural race on the road course following the 80-lap race. Meanwhile, the Cup Series will be the first major race on the 2.5-mile oval as they’re hosting theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course may be the second round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, but it’s the start of the busiest month for the drivers and race teams. Due to the rescheduling of the now 14-round championship trail, five of them fall in the month of July. All in a span of 15 days at three different tracks no less, beginning at 2.439-mile road circuit. Followed by the two doubleheader weekends at Road America (July 11-12) andRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A day Rinus VeeKay would love to forget as his horrid NTT IndyCar Series debut ended with another crash during Saturday’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The Ed Carpenter Racing rookie was already under hot water following his “rookie mistake” by clipping the white line in Turn 3 during practice which sent him into the wall. They were able to get VeeKay’s car repaired and ready in time for the 200-lap race that lasted only 36 for the Dutchman. At the exit of Turn 1,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The bid of defending the No. 1 plate starts off right for Josef Newgarden, who set a two-lap average of 215.740 mph to claim pole position for tonight’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. As the last guy out for qualifying, Newgarden felt like his XPEL Chevrolet had the pace to be fastest as he took down five-time series NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, whose average speed was 215.638 mph. There was a bit of hesitation from Newgarden if he can fully execute the poleRead More