IndyCar Driver Review: Ed Carpenter, Mike Conway

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Ed Carpenter and Mike Conway each starred in their respective roles this season. Conway won twice, Carpenter once, and the pair scored enough points to finish eighth as a combined unit. On their own, Carpenter was 22nd and Conway 23rd.

2014 SEASON PREVIEW (Combined Team Outlook, Carpenter Quotes)

Ed Carpenter

  • Team: Ed Carpenter Racing
  • 2013: 16th Place, Best Finish 2nd, 1 Pole, 1 Podium, 3 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 56 Laps Led, 17.6 Avg. Start, 15.1 Avg. Finish
  • 2014: 22nd Place (6 Starts), 1 Win, 1 Pole, 2 Podiums, 3 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 122 Laps Led, 8.3 Avg. Start, 9.7 Avg. Finish

Mike Conway

  • Team: Ed Carpenter Racing
  • 2013: 23rd Place (7 Starts), 1 Win, 1 Pole, 2 Podiums, 2 Top-5, 5 Top-10, 78 Laps Led, 11.1 Avg. Start, 9.7 Avg. Finish
  • 2014: 23rd Place (12 Starts), 2 Wins, Best Start 4th, 2 Podiums, 2 Top-5, 2 Top-10, 36 Laps Led, 14.1 Avg. Start, 12.9 Avg. Finish

Combine Ed Carpenter and Mike Conway’s results this year, and the pair would have finished eighth in the championship. Consider on their own neither had ever finished better than 12th in a season and you see how much the ride-share in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet paid dividends.

Two of the three wins were strategic gems led by engineer Matt Barnes. The qualifying on both ovals and road/street circuits wasn’t where it needed to be, and thus required the frequent off-sequence calls to get into contention. But it was hard to criticize that.

Throughout the year, the highlights were evident. Carpenter’s win at Texas was well-executed; Indianapolis proved a hard luck loss with his accident and Fontana, too, was salted away by an ill-timed penalty. Conway excelled more on the street courses than the natural terrain road courses and remained IndyCar’s top “ringer” for a second consecutive season. It remains to be seen whether he’ll come back for another encore in 2015.