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Nov 15, 2013
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Ed Carpenter Racing Adds Mike Conway to 2014 IndyCar Series Driver Lineup
Press Release

Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing
Team to add Detroit race winner as team set for run at 2014 IndyCar Series title

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 15, 2013) – Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) announced today that Mike Conway has joined the organization as the driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet-powered Dallara Indy car for the road and street course events during the 2014 IndyCar Series.

Conway, 30, is a two-time IndyCar Series winner with victories in 2011 at Long Beach and 2013 at Detroit (first race). The Englishman also won his first pole position at Detroit this year in the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Duals in Detroit at the Belle Isle street circuit.

Ed Carpenter, the IndyCar Series’ only team owner/driver, will continue to pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for all of the oval races throughout the 2014 campaign. Carpenter also is a two-time IndyCar Series winner with race wins in 2011 at Kentucky and 2012 at Fontana.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Mike Conway to the Ed Carpenter Racing family,” said Carpenter. “My partners, (team manager) Tim Broyles, and I are committed to building an organization based on culture, sustainability, and performance. We are very proud of the group of people we have assembled and bringing Mike into the fold creates an opportunity for us to show even more value to our partners and strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event in the 2014 IndyCar Series.”

“Ed has invested his heart and soul in his organization and is willing to put the team, his employees, and his partners first,” said Eric Timmerman, CEO, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. “His commitment to excellence and willingness to invest in the team positions the entire organization, ourselves and other partners included, for long-term success,”

Conway re-confirmed his status as one of the top talents in the sport this past season with a win and third place at the Chevrolet Indy Duals in Detroit, as well as strong drives in both Toronto and Houston in a part-time role for Dale Coyne Racing.

“It is great news to be back in IndyCar next year for all the road and street courses,” said Conway. “I had a lot of fun this year in the select races that I could do and I hope that I can continue my success with Ed Carpenter Racing next year.

“I have to thank my manager, Mark Blundell, at MB Partners for working so hard to make this happen and also thank Ed for bringing me on board and allowing me to take over the ECR Chevrolet car for all of the road and street courses. I look forward to having a great year with them and can’t wait for the season to start again in March.”

This will be Conway’s sixth IndyCar season with 60 career starts including his two victories, four podiums, five top-5 and 18 top-10 finishes.

“I have a great deal of respect for Ed Carpenter to have the vision to put Mike in the car for the street and road tracks,” said Mark Blundell, a former IndyCar race winner. “I think that the blend of his skill sets on the ovals combined with Mike’s talent and pace makes for a very strong combination over the 2014 season.”

                                      ECR 2014 Driver Lineup

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Mike Conway
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Mike Conway
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Mike Conway
Grand Prix of Indianapolis Mike Conway
Indianapolis 500 Ed Carpenter
Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 1 Mike Conway
Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 2 Mike Conway
Firestone 600 Ed Carpenter
The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race 1 Mike Conway
The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race 2 Mike Conway
Pocono INDYCAR 500 Ed Carpenter
Iowa Corn Indy 300 Ed Carpenter
Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 Mike Conway
Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 Mike Conway
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mike Conway
ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Ed Carpenter
GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Mike Conway
MAVTV 500 Ed Carpenter

About Mike Conway

Mike Conway is an extremely talented driver, especially on street courses and this year, no matter what he’s driving, has found the podium on numerous times. The 30-year-old has competed in select IndyCar races this season and in seven events earned a win, two podiums and five top-10 finishes as well as securing his first IndyCar career pole.

He currently competes full time in the World Endurance Championship and has won three events and earned three poles with one race remaining. Conway also had the opportunity to take part in an ALMS race earlier this year and on his debut put the LMP2 car on pole and finish once again on podium. This will be Conway’s sixth IndyCar season and in the 60 starts he has made, earned two victories, four podiums, five top-5 and 18 top-10 finishes. For enquiries regarding Mike Conway please contact his management company, MB Partners, either by visiting www.markblundellpartners.com or fiona@markblundellpartners.com.

About Ed Carpenter Racing

Owned by IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing was formed in 2011 in association famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ed Carpenter Racing has comprised a stellar lineup of associates led by Tim Broyles as team manager, Bret Schmitt as crew chief and Matt Barnes as lead engineer. Their experience in open-wheel racing gives Ed Carpenter Racing strong leadership along with a solid contingent of crew members. Carpenter and the ECR/Fuzzy’s team won the 2012 season finale at Fontana, Calif., the MAVTV500 as well as the pole position at the 2013 Indianapolis 500. The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka entry is powered by the twin-turbo V-6 Chevrolet IndyCar engine in 2013. Ed Carpenter’s racing history, dating back to age eight, includes victories in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and USAC National Sprint Car and Midget competition. For more information, please visit www.EdCarpenterRacing.com.

Source: Ed Carpenter Racing




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