Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing needs a Hail Mary. Again.
The first one, a 1-2 finish (the first in team history) at Toronto, came after Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden both exited the Firestone 600 at Texas within laps of each other due to mechanical problems.
Now the two-car team hopes the Milwaukee Mile and the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 will play host to another rebound after Newgarden and Carpenter wrecked with each other at Fontana two weeks ago.
“Milwaukee is one of the most fun and challenging tracks on the circuit and it’s always a driver favorite,” Carpenter said about the Milwaukee Mile in a release.
“We had a strong car last year, so I’m even more excited to be coming back with the new Chevy aero kit.”
Last year, Carpenter started seventh and led three laps before finishing ninth. In his 10 starts there, Carpenter has never finished better than seventh (2008) and has two DNF’s.
Newgarden, who has two wins this season (Barber, Toronto) and is ninth in points, will make his fourth Milwaukee start. He looks to improve off his 2014 performance of fifth after finishing 11th in 2013 and 25th in 2012 (DNF).
“I’m excited to get to Milwaukee, it’s one of the best tracks we go to all year and it’s one of my favorites,” Newgarden said.
“It’s really unique as it’s the only flat, one-mile oval we race on. To me, it almost drives more like a road course than an oval. As a guy with a road racing background, I’ve always loved going to that place.”
Ahead of Sunday’s race, which airs live at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Carpenter has been in Milwaukee to promote the race. Tuesday morning, Carpenter appeared on the local Fox station.
Monday night, he threw out the first pitch at a Brewers’ home game.