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01/05 2018

F2 DRIVER JORDAN KING COMPLETES ED CARPENTER RACING 2018 INDYCAR LINEUP

Jordan King

 

 

Jordan King has limited experience in the United States and will have a fresh start during the 2018 IndyCar Series season.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

King will share the No. 20 with owner-driver Ed Carpenter

BY:  MATT WEAVER

Once again, team owner Ed Carpenter will tackle the oval portion of the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, but Formula 2 driver Jordan King will race all road- and street-course events. The two will share the No. 20 alongside full-time driver Spencer Pigot in the No. 21.

King has earned quite a number of accolades on the F1 ladder system. He will make his United States racing debut after winning the 2013 British Formula 3 championship and earning the FIA Institute’s 2015 Driver of the Year Award.

He had spent parts of the past two seasons assessing his IndyCar options and came across Carpenter during the 2016 season finale.

“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,” Carpenter said in a press release. “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.”

King has spent the past three seasons in Formula 2, serving as a development driver for Manor F1 in 2015 and 2016, participating in Formula 1 tests during the 2016 United States Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Most recently, King competed for MP Motorsport in F2, finishing 11th in the overall standings. He hopes a move to the United States in good equipment will jump-start his career.

“I am beyond excited to get started in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” King said. “After winning at Silverstone in 2016 and being able to drive in F1 practice, 2017 was not what I was hoping for. Going into the new season, I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity with ECR to work towards our collective goals. I believe that together, both of us have the capability to do well.”

King will test the current IndyCar chassis for the first time on Friday at Sonoma when the team begins testing the new universal aerokits.