SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Preferred Freezer Services has expanded its sponsorship of Ed Carpenter Racing and driver J.R. Hildebrand.
Hildebrand’s No. 21 Chevrolet will showcase the white and blue Preferred Freezer Services colors at four Verizon IndyCar Series races this year, including the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. This is the fourth consecutive year that the partnership between Preferred Freezer Services and Ed Carpenter Racing has grown to include additional events.
Preferred Freezer Services first teamed up with Ed Carpenter Racing to field a car for Hildebrand in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. The company has supported the 29-year-old’s Indianapolis program each year since, with all three Indianapolis 500 efforts yielding top-10 finishes. Hildebrand was named the driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the entire 2017 season, taking over for the departing Josef Newgarden.
“Preferred Freezer Services was a big part of helping me get to running just the Indy 500 with ECR the first year in 2014. We’ve been fortunate to see the program grow and help it expand over the last few years,” said Hildebrand. “I’m really excited to be able to continue that partnership and have them on board for a few more races this year. It is great to work with these guys again and I can’t wait to kick it off at such an awesome event as Long Beach.”
The Preferred Freezer Services livery will appear on the No. 21 for the first time this year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the next stop for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The No. 21 will also run as the Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet at the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, both contested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The company will make its final appearance on the car during the Honda Indy Toronto.
Additionally, Preferred Freezer Services will be an associate on the No. 21 for all remaining races this season.
Team owner and driver Ed Carpenter will also carry the Preferred Freezer Services polar bear on his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet during the six oval events on the IndyCar schedule.
“It is great to have Preferred Freezer back and to carry them on our cars all year long,” said Carpenter. “It is always ‘cool’ to have the giant polar bear around. We are proud to see this partnership grow again this year.”