IndyCar: Newly formed CFH Racing chooses Chevy power
With strong ties to both engine manufacturers in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Chevrolet will power the newly formed CFH Racing team for the 2015 season.
CFH Racing is the combination of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman and the teams announced a merger on August 23 at the Milwaukee Mile. Carpenter’s single-car operation used Chevrolet engines and Fisher’s single-car team with used Honda. On Wednesday, the team announced it would use Chevrolet V-6 turbocharged engines and aero kits.
“We are happy to finally be talking about this publicly,” Carpenter said. “I started my career with Chevrolet and this has been a great relationship with wins and two Indianapolis 500 poles. To bring both teams together is very exciting and I can’t wait to get to next year and add to the win total that we’ve had the past few years. We want to try to get Josef his first win and continue his development. The on-track performance we’ve had with them over the years and what we can do in the future we have a lot of hope moving forward.
“We believe our brand is a good fit with Chevy’s brand and look to move forward together.”
The engine manufacturer was involved with Ed Carpenter Racing the past three seasons and the team won three races in 2014 with Mike Conway and Carpenter himself.
“I am very proud that CFH Racing will be powered by Team Chevy for the 2015 season,” Carpenter said. “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.”
CFH Racing will be a two-car effort in 2015 with Carpenter running one entry on the ovals and another driver, presumably Conway, driving on the street and road courses. Josef Newgarden, the prize young talent who has competed with Fisher’s operation the past three seasons, will be the full-time driver in the other entry.
“I’m excited as a young guy in this sport trying to make his name,” Newgarden said. “It’s exciting for me to have this opportunity to work with Ed and Sarah. I’ve made strides but we will make big strides now having Ed with us. From a Chevrolet side it’s even more exciting. It’s so cool to be able to work with these guys. I’ve been able to watch them from the outside. It was very interesting trying to beat them. It’s been such a strong group. I’m excited to see what we can do together next year. It’s going to be fun to work with them and try to bring home a lot of victories with each other.”
Honda Performance Development (HPD) officials wanted to add CFH Racing to their lineup in order to continue working with Newgarden because of his bright future. But Chevrolet was able to convince all sides of the ownership of its plan for the team.
“We value both Honda and Chevrolet’s commitment to this sport,” Fisher said. “Without competition we wouldn’t be where we are at. Having both involved is important to the series. We all listened to each other’s inputs and listened to both manufacturers and gave them time to talk and show us what they wanted to do. It was quite clear to us what Chevrolet’s commitment was. It was clear that was the decision we wanted to make together. It was a unanimous coming together decision and it was clear to me the type of organization CFH Racing will be. I’m excited about that.
“I have a history with Chevy and, being reintroduced with their program through CFH Racing, I am very impressed with their professionalism and involvement in this sport. To be able to continue that relationship now under the CFH banner, I’m very excited.”
Newgarden is confident this is the next step in helping him get to victory lane.
“I drive for CFH and I signed with this group and put my trust with the team to make the best decisions,” Newgarden said. “Whatever decision they made I trust and I believe we will be really well positioned for next year.”
Carpenter has won two of his three career IndyCar victories and the 2013 and 2014 Indianapolis 500 Poles with Chevrolet engines. He scored his first victory at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 with Honda when he drove for Fisher’s team.
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