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Ed Carpenter Racing reveals new 2018 liveries

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Ed Carpenter Racing, which has sported nearly identical paint schemes for their Nos. 20 and 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets at most races in 2016 and 2017, revealed today that both entries will feature new looks for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. And both entries will feature different paint schemes as a result.

The No. 20 entry, shared by team owner Ed Carpenter and new signee Jordan King, will sport a black livery in 2018. On the other side, Spencer Pigot’s No. 21 entry will sport a light green livery.

The new liveries complete an off-season of change at Ed Carpenter Racing. Both driver (JR Hildebrand) and engineer (Justin Taylor) departed the No. 21 entry. Spencer Pigot has moved into a full-time ride in the No. 21 entry after serving as the road and street course pilot of the No. 20 in 2016 and 2017. Newcomer King assumes the road/street course driving duties in the No. 20 machine, while Ed Carpenter will continue to contest the oval races in 2018.

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NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.