NASCAR Fast Facts: Coca Cola 600 From Charlotte by Christopher OlmsteadKurt Busch will attempt to win the Indy 500. The magnificence of the Indianapolis 500 never seems to change no matter what year, decade or century. In 2014, the IndyCar season has already had a race at the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using the road course for the first time. Pole-sitter Ed Carpenter laughs as he watches Dario Franchitti squeal the tires on the pace car as he pulled onto the track before the start of practice for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 19, 2014. Ed Carpenter pulls in after winning the pole during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Ed Carpenter waves after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 18, 2014. There was the appearance with golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, whose spirits brand sponsors his car, at a liquor store Monday night. It comes with being the hometown hero, the kid who spent his childhood racing around Gasoline Alley, went to school at Butler University and dreamed of winning at the Brickyard. But if there is anybody who can deal with all the commotion, it may be Carpenter, with his unflappable nature and aw-shucks attitude. But the stepson of series founder Tony George, whose family traces its roots to the purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway after World War II, Carpenter made a conscious effort to change. There are other reasons the 33-year-old Carpenter has been able to deal with the chaos that surrounds the pole. Even though Carpenter is only the 11th driver to win back-to-back poles, he is keenly aware that starting on the front doesn't mean he'll finish there. Carpenter has also brushed aside any concerns he is stepping into the car for the first time this season.
He's an ace on ovals, though, so Carpenter isn't concerned that he hasn't started a race in seven months. In fact, the only time Carpenter's calm begins to crack is when he talks about winning at Indy.
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CFH Racing, co-owned by Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman, is scheduled to field two cars in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with the same engines that have guided Chevrolet to three consecutive IndyCar Series manufacturer championships. Chevrolet, a racing leader for over 100 years, returned to IndyCar competition in 2012 with the Chevrolet twin-turbo 2.2 liter V6 engine featuring an aluminum block and cylinder heads, direct injection and utilizing E85 fuel. Carpenter’s current team, Ed Carpenter Racing, debuted in 2012 with the Chevrolet V6 engine and has recorded four Verizon IndyCar Series victories, two by Carpenter and two by Mike Conway.
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing was established in 2008 with Fisher driving its lone Verizon IndyCar Series entry.
Direct injection and turbo-charging are fundamental elements of the Verizon IndyCar engine package, and both are key technologies in several powerful and fuel-efficient Chevrolet production cars today.
Two Days Embedded in the World’s Hottest BrickyardBeing "embedded" is like jumping from your recliner into the Yankees dugout.
Heather Carpenter (Ed Carpenter), Nicole Pollard (Martin Plowman), Marta Krupa (Marco Andretti), Kirsten Dee (James Hinchcliffe), Kristin Payne (JR Hildebrand), Kathleen Thompson (Charlie Kimball), Bronte Tagliani (Alex Tagliani), Jane Selke (Sebastian Saavedra).
This past Saturday, IndyCar drivers’ wives, fiancees, and girlfriends donned evening gowns and cocktail dresses and gathered on the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a promotional photo shoot.
INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power and Josef Newgarden finally got Chevrolet to the top of the speed chart Friday.
Power acknowledged his impressive lap came with a tow, something he won’t benefit from when each of the 33 drivers make their first four-lap qualifying runs individually Saturday.
The nine fastest drivers advance to Sunday’s pole shootout while the remaining 24 will battle for starting position in their own group Sunday.


Power understands what it will take to start on the inside of Row 1 on the traditional three-car, 11-row grid. Yet the most intriguing question heading into qualifying might is this: Can the Honda drivers regain the edge they appeared to have before series officials added almost 30 horsepower to the cars Friday?
Honda drivers posted the best speeds each of the first three days of practice, and they took nine of the top 11 spots Friday, too.
Hinchcliffe, a Canadian driver with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports led the contingent at just a tick under 232. Andretti Autosport has been the strongest team all week and each of its five drivers finished in the top 10 on the final full day of practice. Ed Carpenter gets a kiss from his wife, Heather, after he won won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. In 2014, the 98th edition is no different with a field of quality drivers set to battle it out on Sunday May 25th. Scott Dixon – You can never rule out the Kiwi in any race and the Indy 500 is no exception. Ed Carpenter – He may be a part-time racer on his own team but the Hoosier has a knack for speed at circle tracks and Indianapolis is no different.
Marco Andretti – Much was, is and will be expected of Marco with a last name that has been synonymous with IndyCar.
He had quite a temper when he was younger, a fiery streak that still occasionally flares up when he's in the midst of a tense race. He gave up full-time driver status at the end of last year to focus on ovals, where he is at his best, with Mike Conway driving his car on road and street courses. 17, 2014) Newly-formed CFH Racing and Chevrolet announced today that the famed automobile manufacturer will provide engines and aero kits for the team’s entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2015 season. 16 with the merger of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for the 2015 IndyCar Series. Drivers powered by the Chevy IndyCar V6 have scored 33 race wins in the three seasons that resulted in Chevrolet winning three consecutive series’ manufacturers championships. The current Chevrolet V6 Twin Turbo IndyCar engine was introduced in 2012 and has scored 33 wins in the last three seasons. Successful businessman Wink Hartman became a co-owner of the Indianapolis-based squad in 2011. The former Indy Lights champion has driven for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing the past three years in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Chevrolet Cruze and America’s favorite sports car, the Camaro, are just two examples of key Chevrolet products powered with advanced engine technology, offering fun to drive performance and outstanding fuel efficiency. 54th St., 317-475-0777) in South Broad Ripple, the models included fashion maven Bronte Tagliani (wife of Alex Tagliani), former Miss Indiana Nicole Pollard (fiance of Martin Plowman), Kristin Paine (girlfriend of tough-luck Indy 500 competitor JR Hildebrand), Heather Carpenter (wife of Indianapolis native and 2014 Indy 500 pole sitter Ed Carpenter), and others. He’s qualified on the front row in three of the past six 500s and in the second row the other three times.. The young American, who drives for Ed Carpenter Racing, has started in the top nine each of the past two years at Indy. Some parking lots near the track were already filling up after Thursday’s practice and there were longer lines than usual for Friday’s practice. Tino Belli of IndyCar, Arron Melvin of Chevrolet and Alex Timmermans of Dallara collaborated on a design that reduced the potential of cars going airborne after getting backward.
Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian announced Friday that NAPA auto parts and NAPA Balkamp will be the primary sponsor for the No. The biggest question before every Indy 500 race is who has a shot at drinking the milk and standing next to the Borg Warner Trophy. Tony Kanaan won the Indy 500 last year in his 12th attempt and comes into this season driving for a new team with Chip Ganassi – and has just as good a chance at doing it again.


Although Dixon has a win and eight Top 10s at the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’, the Chip Ganassi Racing team as a whole has been a tad behind. Carpenter has earned the last two poles for the Indy 500 and although he finished 10th a year ago, he led 37 laps and was a threat for most of the race. The Pennsylvanian has had mixed results at Indianapolis with four top fours, but three finishes outside the Top 20. JP was out of IndyCar for 13 years, but has shown improvement all year and now is impressively fast in recent practices. He has imagined pulling into Victory Lane too many times to count, envisioning himself hugging the Borg-Warner Trophy and sipping from that cold bottle of milk. Additionally, the Bowtie Brand powered the 2012 and 2014 driver’s champions and claimed victory in the 2013 Indianapolis 500. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet has also captured the 2013 and 2014 Indianapolis 500 pole position. Carpenter drove the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing machine to its lone Verizon IndyCar Series victory when he nipped Dario Franchitti in a dramatic duel at Kentucky Speedway in 2011. The process was sincerely a group effort and encourages all of us as to how we will work as a team. I think everyone was battling with it today, trying to figure it out, but I feel confident. It is really hard to gauge how far above average we are with everyone else because it got so hard for a lot of people.
Another Colombian, Juan Pablo Montoya, is the defending 500 champ and was 18th in practice Friday. Nobody expects Saturday’s crowd to top 150,000, like it did during the 1980s, but this weekend’s crowds should be larger than those in recent memory.
Track historian Donald Davidson also was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Gov. Others to watch for include Helio Castroneves who has more wins at Indy than any other current driver, plus don’t forget Ed Carpenter who has now won the pole back-to-back. However, Dixon appeared to find some speed in practice recently; so, combined with the fact that he has led more laps than any other current driver, expect him to be near or at the top of the leaderboard at some time during the race. Don’t be surprised if he is in front at some time during the race and who knows, his little team might be able to pull off a win.
Andretti has looked fast at times recently – but will that translate into a winning effort?
No one else has those credentials and along with four poles, Castroneves has always had a knack for being near the front at Indy on a regular basis. Still, there appears to be a swagger that’s back with Juan and a second Indy 500 is his to lose. I think it is going to be hotter on race day than it is here today, so that makes it tough to figure out who uses the right downforce and such, at least for the start of the race.
The hunch is to expect Marco at the front somewhere along the line.   Will that translate into a win? That was a lot of what we worked on today. We worked on identifying where we want to be at in the beginning and what we think we can go to under varying circumstances. I feel like we made good progress here and all three of us ECR drivers are starting to hone in on what we need.



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