MotorSportsTalk looks through the Verizon IndyCar Series grid ahead of the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Next up, Ed Carpenter Racing.
Perpetually good but not great at Indy, the two-time polesitters (2013, 2014) look to topple the proverbial Penske/Ganassi juggernaut this year. In each of its three all-American drivers, they have a popular first-time ‘500 winner-in-waiting.
JR Hildebrand, No. 6 Preferred Freezer Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet
Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet
2016 SEASON SO FAR
Like last year, Josef Newgarden will be looking to hope his Barber podium will kickstart the rest of his season. At eighth in the points, has been fighting most of the year as a one-car entrant, although his team will grow first by one for the GP and then by two for the ‘500. Carpenter retired from his only start of the year at Phoenix.
This race means everything to this trio. Carpenter, the Butler graduate and smart businessman, has long desired an Indy 500 race win but desperately needs a result of sort after two tough ‘500s in a row. Hildebrand, 2011’s nearly man, has been super consistent with back-to-back ‘500 top-10s, not easy to do in a one-off role. Newgarden is yet to have a truly standout month of May and will be hoping this year presents that opportunity.
Not the favorites, but with a bit of tweaking on their setups, strong top-five contenders.
- 2015 (as CFH): 8. 6-Hildebrand (10), 9. 21-Newgarden (9), 30. 20-Carpenter (12)
- 2014: 10. 21-Hildebrand (9), 27. 20-Carpenter (1)
- 2013: 10. 20-Carpenter (1)
- 2012: 21. 20-Carpenter (28)
*Note – the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) team fused into what was CFH Racing last year, before the team reverted back to its original 2012-2014 name as ECR this year. The SFHR-only results are below:
- 2014: 13. 68-Tagliani (24), 30. 67-Newgarden (8)
- 2013: 28. 21-Newgarden (25)
- 2012: 25. 67-Newgarden (7), 30. 39-Clauson (31)
Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.
The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48 of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.
Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.
RAIN-SOAKED RELIEF: Castroneves delivers Penske’s first win with late pass
Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:
RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.
POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.
The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.
In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.
The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.
Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.
STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:
Fastest laps by driver
Fastest laps by driver after race
Fastest laps by driver and class after race
Fastest lap sequence
Race analysis by lap
NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.