WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Sarah Fisher admitted she may have spoke too soon Saturday morning because fellow team owner Ed Carpenter did not want news of an impending merger to be leaked, especially with three weeks left in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Missed it by one day.
Ed Carpenter Racing had planned on making the big announcement Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile but officially announced the merger Saturday evening. Fisher and Carpenter will be reunited again after the two teamed up to win at Kentucky Speedway on Oct. 2, 2011.
When Carpenter was the driver for Fisher’s team the two went into victory lane together in what would ultimately be the final races of the 2011 season at Kentucky Speedway. After forming his own team in 2012, Carpenter drove to victory at Auto Club Speedway at the end of that season.
It was Carpenter’s first IndyCar win as a driver and Fisher’s first as a team owner.
“Dollar General left the team in 2011 and I had an opportunity to start this team before I knew what they were fully going to offer me,” Carpenter said. “I think things played out exactly the way they were supposed to. We had good success together and I’m sure we are going to have success together again.
“This is just a natural fit for both sides. What it’s all about is getting stronger and more competitive.”
The two will be together again in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series as Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing will become one team. Currently, Ed Carpenter Racing features Carpenter on the oval tracks and Mike Conway on the street and road courses. Fisher’s driver is young American Josef Newgarden from Nashville, Tennessee.
Fisher has an impressive facility next to the Dallara manufacturing plant on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. – just a few blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter currently is a Chevrolet team while Fisher uses Honda engines.