Carpenter joins as Fisher retires from racing
30 November 2010 – It has been confirmed by the Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) outfit that Ed Carpenter will be driving in at least nine races next year, with the team owner having retired from driving in order to concentrate on the management of the squad which will now focus on fielding a sole car.
Fisher and Carpenter first engaged in discussions in Kansas earlier this year, with it now being official that the latter will be competing with the team for the majority of next season.
“Being both an owner and a driver is time consuming on both sides,” Fisher explained. “I really want to see this team move forward and to have one driver who does all the races, ovals and road courses - it’s just very hard to do both.
“I really like Ed. He’s all-American and we have the same background; we’re very much similar on all fronts, so it seemed like a natural fit to move forward with him as the driver.
"I think, in the big picture for the team, we didn’t want to introduce a new driver with new team right before the new car came out - it gives us a year to figure things out and when the new car comes out we’ll be even more prepared.
Carpenter is also delighted with the outcome, having taken part in only four races – for either Vision Racing or Panther Racing – in 2010. At Kentucky, he picked up a career-first pole position before finishing second in the race to repeat his 2009 feat.
“It’s really come together quickly over the last three weeks,” the 29-year-old commented. “I’d been working on some things with Panther and trying to carry over some of the momentum from what we did in 2010 but wasn’t sure where that was going, so I called Sarah about her plans.
“In a lot of ways, I feel like we had a deal done after that first phone call - I was blessed that I called at the right time. Working with Sarah and Andy (O’Gara) up to this point has been great. I’m excited to work with Dollar General; seeing the work they’ve done with Sarah, I’m excited to be a part of it.”