TONIGHT: Join us LIVE at Coaches Tavern downtown at 7 as we host our live show. Our special guests are IndyCar owner/driver Ed Carpenter and local band Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks has a new singer and will be performing 2 songs. Our pal Kelly Miller will chat about the new “twin” in the band.
Ed Carpenter is coming off the first race of the year (as an owner) and we’ll chat about that, the Indy 500 and all kinds of “other” stuff too. See Ed’s bio below:
Driver/Team Owner, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet
Ed Carpenter, the 2013 Indy 500 pole winner, continues to do double-duty in 2014 as a driver and car owner of Ed Carpenter Racing. However, Ed’s role behind the wheel of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet has changed for the 2014 racing campaign. The 33-year-old IndyCar Series veteran has reduced his driving schedule to the six oval track events this year and the league’s only owner/driver has hired Detroit winner Mike Conway to handle the controls in the 12 road and street races. Carpenter’s role behind the scenes has grown as the Butler University marketing graduate seeks to develop and expand his Indy-based company’s racing programs. A two-time IndyCar Series race winner, Carpenter still has his sights on winning racing’s most coveted prize, the Indianapolis 500. Busy with his wife Heather and their three children, Carpenter continues to be very active in charity and community causes in addition to his racing. Ed also loves backing his favorite sports teams; Butler Bulldogs basketball, the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts.
Birthdate: March 3, 1981 (Age:33)
Children: Makenna (6), Ryder (4), Cruz (1)
First start: Sept. 7, 2003 (Chicagoland)
First pole: Sept. 3, 2010 (Kentucky)
First victory: Oct. 2, 2011 (Kentucky)
Recent victory: Sept. 15, 2012 (Auto Club Speedway)
Team website: www.edcarpenterracing.com
Twitter: @edcarpenter20 – Team twitter.com/ECRIndy
Facebook: Ed Carpenter – Team Facebook – Ed Carpenter Racing
• Reduced his driving role in 2014 by concentrating on the team ownership
• Will drive the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet in six oval races
• Veteran road racer Mike Conway will campaign the No. 20 car in 12 street/road races
• Only team owner /driver in the 19-race IZOD IndyCar Series.
• Captured the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Pole Position at 228.762 m.p.h.
• Finished fourth at Texas and Iowa in 2013.
• Nearly won his third consecutive IndyCar Series season finale, placing second to Will
Power at Fontana in October.
• Placed fifth in final IndyCar Series oval point standings.
• Established Ed Carpenter Racing with the association with Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka, founded by Indiana golf legend Fuzzy Zoeller.
• ECR announced in February it will be utilizing the new twin-turbo Chevrolet V6 engine in 2012.
• The team fields the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet Dallara DW car in all 15 IZOD IndyCar Series races in 2012.
• The team is headed by veterans Derrick Walker, Tim Broyles and Bret Schmitt and is the only single-car team in the Chevrolet IndyCar stables.
• Captured IZOD IndyCar Series Finale at Fontana, Calif., in spectacular last lap pass of Dario Franchitti.
• Only “Rookie” IndyCar Series team to win in 2012.
• One of only three IndyCar Series teams to finish 14 of 15 races.
• Earned first IZOD IndyCar Series victory (Kentucky Speedway), driving for Sarah Fisher Racing.
• Competed in 10 races.
• Had a best starting position of fourth, also at Kentucky, and started eighth in the Indianapolis 500.
• Competed in four events for Panther Racing/Vision Racing.
• Earned first career pole at Kentucky and tied career-best finish of second.
• Started career-high seventh at Indianapolis.
• Finished 12th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing.
• Recorded one top-five and six top-10 finishes.
• Led 34 laps en route to career-best IZOD IndyCar Series finish of second at Kentucky.
• Tied career-best start of fourth at Homestead.
• Finished 15th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing.
• Recorded top-five finishes at Homestead and Indianapolis and had seven top-10 finishes.
• Finished 15th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing with best finish of sixth at Homestead and Iowa.
• Finished 14th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing with best finish of fifth at Chicagoland, his first career top five.
• Recorded six top-10 finishes, including best-ever road course finish of sixth at Watkins Glen.
• Finished 18th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing with a best finish of 10th at Nashville.
• Finished 16th in IndyCar Series standings for Red Bull Cheever Racing with a best finish of eighth at Kentucky.
• Finished second in Bombardier Rookie of the Year standings.
• Made IndyCar Series debut at Chicagoland with PDM Racing, starting 16th and finishing 13th.
• Started two other events, finishing 13th at California and 21st at Texas2.
• Made history at Chicagoland when he became the first driver to compete in an Indy Lights Series event and an IndyCar Series event on the same weekend.
ROAD TO THE IZOD INDYCAR SERIES
• Finished third in Menards Infiniti Pro Series point standings on the strength of one win and seven other top-five finishes.
• Won inaugural Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first automobile race conducted in May in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500.
• Finished third in Menards Infiniti Pro Series point standings with six top-five finishes in seven races. Earned best result of second at Kentucky.
• Completed the most laps (454 of a possible 455) and was the only competitor running at the finish of every event.
• Competed in the USAC Sprint Car Series, earning first victory in season finale at Salem, Ind.
• Finished ninth overall in the USAC Silver Crown Series, earning six top-10 finishes. Best result was sixth at Indianapolis Raceway Park in May.
• Tested IndyCar Series car at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Panther Racing.
• Competed in the USAC Silver Crown Series, earning five top-10 finishes with best result of sixth at DuQuoin. Named Rookie of the Race at Phoenix and Nazareth.
• Claimed the pole for the Hulman-Hoosier Hundred at Indiana State Fairgrounds and led for 80 laps before retiring.
• Finished ninth overall in USAC National Midget Car Series, earning four top-five finishes and a best result of second at the Belleville Nationals in Belleville, Kan.
• Finished 13th in USAC National Midget Car Series as a rookie.
• Earned first career feature victory at Louisville (Ky.) Motor Speedway in only his fourth start.
• Made midget debut at 16th Street Speedway (Ind.) in USAC Regional Series.
• Raced in quarter-midget and three-quarter midget competition at the club, regional and nation levels. Won national quarter-midget championship events at Xenia, Ohio, and Hagerstown, Md.
• Made the cover of SI Kids in 1991
• Graduated from Butler University 2003, just a few weeks before he won the Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights feature at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
• Earned his degree in marketing at Butler and is a friend with Butler athletic department. He also is an avid Indiana Pacers Indianapolis Colts fan.
• Carpenter, a family man with three young children, enjoys cycling, water skiing, working out at St. Vincent Sport Performance and karting in his spare time.
• Carpenter liked tractors as a farm kid in Marshall, Illinois. In fact, it’s how he learned how to drive.
• Racing hero is A.J. Foyt, because he could drive anything.
• Works closely with wife Heather in the Indy Family Foundation, a charity benefitting the racing community.
Family activities (with wife Heather and his three children, Makenna, Ryder and Cruz), Charity events, supporting Butler Bulldogs basketball, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, water sports and go-karting.