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Carpenter Tips King To Handle Road Courses In 2018

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Hoping to find another road course ace similar to the form showed by Mike Conway four years ago, owner-driver Ed Carpenter has hired former Formula One test driver Jordan King to handle the non-oval rounds in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

The 23year-old spent two seasons as the reserve pilot for the Manor Formula One operation, making a practice session appearance at the 2016 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. During the past three years, King has participated in the FIA Formula 2 Championship (formerly GP2), winning two races and placing seventh on the final points table in 2016. In addition to his success in Europe, King follows in the footsteps of current Andretti Autosport pilot Alexander Rossi, who was a teammate to the British-based runner with the Racing Engineering squad in 2015.

“It’s taken a lot of effort,” King said. “I personally worked very hard towards it. It’s really been a goal ever since I popped out to Sonoma in 2016 and saw everything. I’ve worked towards it since then. I’m really pleased to get it announced and thankful to Ed for giving me the opportunity.”

Sonoma Raceway will also represent the first appearance of King in the new Dallara IndyCar chassis, as ECR handles off-season testing on February 5th.

“We are very excited to welcome Jordan to the ECR family and to have him in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for the 2018 road and street course races,” proclaimed team owner Ed Carpenter. “I first met Jordan at Sonoma Raceway in 2016 as he was exploring opportunities in INDYCAR. He is a very motivated, intelligent and hungry driver, which is exactly what we are looking for at ECR. Jordan has had a lot of success and experience in Europe and I can’t wait to see what he is capable of with ECR in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

2018 marks the fifth season in which ECR’s team boss has stepped from the cockpit for the road and street circuit rounds, with Conway winning two events in 2014. 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion Spencer Pigot handled the road ringer role for the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Chevrolet squad last year, earning three top-ten finishes, highlighted by an eighth-place result at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

While ECR’s full-time roster is now set for the 2018 campaign, the organization’s plans for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 are still in question. Before last year, the Speedway, Indiana-based operation entered an additional car in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. No information on the team’s plans for Indianapolis Motor Speedway were revealed in the announcement.

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Matt Embury

An auto racing writer for over five years, Matt Embury's interest in auto racing was influenced from his father's side of the family. His first recollection of live racing attendance was in the early 1990s watching winged sprint car action at Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan with his uncle and dad.

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