Earlier this week, the Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing teams announced that they will be merging their operations. The move forms a multi-car organization for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series that will call itself Carpenter-Fisher-Hartman (CFH) Racing.
For those of you not in the know, Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher are IndyCar’s Davids, surrounded by a field of Goliaths like Andretti Autosport, Rahal-Letterman, Chip Ganassi, and – of course – the might of Penske Racing. Fisher’s team knows how to spot talent, though, and their talented young driver, Josef Newgarden, is widely considered to be among the best in the field. As for Ed Carpenter’s tiny team?
Carpenter’s team knows how to win. “I look forward to getting started with this new team and continuing to add to the success that each of our teams have had in the past,” explains Carpenter, in an interview with IndyCar.com. “There will be a lot of work to do this offseason to bring the two teams together to form one new team, but we feel that it is a great opportunity for all of us to grow and reach new heights of success. There are a lot of details we will need to finalize after the season comes to a close, so for now we are focusing on finishing this season on a high note for Ed Carpenter Racing.”
The merger seems like a smart move for both teams, which will now be able to spread their setup notes, travel expenses, and other costs. More importantly, however, it will expose young Newgarden to the oval prowess of Ed Carpenter and the road course wisdom of his hot shoe, Mike Conway, twice a winner this year, already. Their knowledge should help accelerate Newgarden’s learning curve, and will definitely make CFH Racing a force to be reckoned with throughout the 2015 IndyCar season.
The big question surrounding CFH Racing now, however, revolves around the engines that they’ll run next year. At the moment, Fisher’s IndyCar team is Honda-powered, while Carpenter’s runs Chevrolet’s version of the 675 HP ethanol V6 power plant. What do you guys think? Should they stick with Fisher’s Honda, or go with the Chevy engine program that’s netted 3 wins for Carpenter’s team this year, alone?