INDIANAPOLIS – official release — John Cote photo — Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing, a partnership between Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman, and Chevrolet announced today that the famed automobile manufacturer will provide engines and aero kits for the team’s entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2015 season.
CFH Racing is scheduled to field two cars in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with the same engines that have guided Chevrolet to three consecutive IndyCar Series manufacturer championships.
“We are pleased that the newly formed CFH Racing will compete with Chevrolet’s twin-turbo V6 in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2015,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “Adding Josef Newgarden to the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver roster, and Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman along with Ed Carpenter to our key partners in IndyCar is exciting for Chevrolet. Ed’s team has produced tremendous results the last three seasons, and we will be thrilled to see the CFH Racing Chevy-powered cars on the track in 2015.”
Carpenter’s current team, Ed Carpenter Racing, debuted in 2012 with the Chevrolet V6 engine and has recorded four Verizon IndyCar Series victories, two by Carpenter and two by Mike Conway. Carpenter’s No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet has also captured the 2013 and 2014 Indianapolis 500 pole position.
“I am very proud that CFH Racing will be powered by Team Chevy for the 2015 season,” said Carpenter. “Team Chevy has delivered for ECR over the past three years, and I know that our new combination of CFH Racing and Chevrolet will continue to put us in a great position moving forward. We are totally confident in their product, and cannot wait to debut the Chevrolet Aero Kit starting in 2015.”
Carpenter said he values his partnership with Chevrolet. Keeping his outfit with the same engine and aero kit supplier was an appealing concept for the Indianapolis-based outfit.
“I’m excited to be able to just continue the relationship with Chevrolet,” Carpenter said. “The on-track performance we’ve had with them in the past and the on-track performance that Chevy has shown over the past three years, the successes speak for themselves. We’re just honored to be a part of the Chevy family moving forward. As a group of American owners, to be associated with the Chevy brand is something we have a lot of pride in. We really feel like our brand fits well with Chevy’s brand.”
CFH Racing recently announced the signing of Newgarden for the 2015 season. The former Indy Lights champion has driven for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing the past three years in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He finished second this year at Iowa Speedway.
Newgarden, who will be embarking on his fourth year in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2015, said he’s excited to make his debut with a Chevy car.
“Having the opportunity to work with someone like Ed and to have a teammate like him is something great for me to draw on,” he said. “We’d been talking about it for a while. I can’t wait to get on track and work together.
“I’ve been able to look at (Chevy) for the last three years from the outside and from there it was very appealing. I’m excited to see what we can do next year. For me, it’s going to be very fun to try to better the whole program for 2015 and hopefully bring a lot of success to the Chevy brand.”
“Being a part of the Chevy family in the past, I am looking forward to rejoining their organization,” said Fisher, the first female driver to win a Verizon IndyCar Series pole position (2002 at Kentucky Speedway). “The decision to partner CFH Racing with Chevrolet was the first of many that we will make together as a team. The process was sincerely a group effort and encourages all of us as to how we will work as a team. “I have been extremely grateful for the partner that Honda has been in my career and to SFHR. We are thankful for their ongoing support of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
Hartman is excited to bring Chevrolet to the new CFH Racing organization next year.
“CFH Racing continues to develop into a top tier team with a contract with Chevy,” said Hartman. “The team is excited to start a strong relationship with Chevy going into the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.”
Carpenter said the team hasn’t settled on the partner for his car, but he didn’t rule out a three or even a four-car team for next May’s Indianapolis 500.
“No decisions have been made on that yet,” he said. “We’ll look at car counts and decide what we want to do then, but it’s definitely an option.”
The CFH Racing Chevrolet partnership will debut at the 2015 IndyCar season opener.