The Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing stables will merge into a single team, known as CFH Racing, for the 2015 IndyCar Series.
The two Indianapolis-based single-car teams confirmed their merger into a multi-car effort ahead of this weekend’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. The merged outfit will operate out of SFH Racing’s facilities located just a few blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The joint announcement did not reveal details of which personnel, sponsors and suppliers would remain on board or join as part of the new venture.
Founded by oval specialist Ed Carpenter in 2012, ECR quickly moved to become one of the most successful single-car teams in the last ten years of the IndyCar Series. With its cockpit shared by owner/driver Carpenter and street circuit ace Mike Conway, the pair have won three races between them. Carpenter also claimed pole position for this year’s Indianapolis 500, having achieved the same feat in 2013.
Founded in 2008 by retired driver Sarah Fisher, her team was later partly renamed after a partial investment by Wink Hartman. Interestingly, that team’s first race win came in 2011 with Ed Carpenter behind the wheel; he took victory at Kentucky Speedway. This year team races with young talent Josef Newgarden behind the wheel (pictured above), who has achieved a best finish of second place at Iowa Speedway.
“I am very excited about this new opportunity to merge Ed Carpenter Racing with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in CFH Racing,” ECR team owner Ed Carpenter said.
“I look forward to getting started with this new team and continuing to add to the success that each of our teams have had in the past. There will be a lot of work to do this offseason to bring the two teams together to form one new team, but we feel that it is a great opportunity for all of us to grow and reach new heights of success.”
“The merger of the two teams is a big-picture plan,” SFH Racing co-owner Sarah Fisher added.
“Working with Ed, and capturing that first win, was a foothold in our team, and I look forward to the many more that will come as a result of bringing all the parties together.”
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