Carpenter joins forces with Derrick Walker for 2012 IndyCar team
|By Mark Glendenning||Monday, November 7th 2011, 16:12 GMT|
Ed Carpenter has struck a deal with Derrick Walker to run the new IndyCar team that he has launched for the 2012 season.
Carpenter, who announced the formation of Ed Carpenter Racing last week, will use Walker's equipment, expertise and Indianapolis workshop to run his team, leaving him free to concentrate on his role of owner/driver.
Walker has a huge amount of experience in Champ Car and IndyCar, having run entries for Roger Penske before setting up his own team in 1990.
"We feel very strong about Derrick's capabilities and what he can bring to the team," Carpenter said. "I'm sure there will be challenges, and I'll probably be doing more work than I've done outside the car, but it's exciting. I'll definitely set my alarm clock earlier."
He ran the Team Australia Champ Car squad that launched the careers of Will Power and Simon Pagenaud, although he has not fielded an IndyCar since 2008. His team has enjoyed success this year running the Falken Porsches in the ALMS.
Kentucky race winner Carpenter has bought two Dallara DW12 chassis for the team, which will be backed by Fuzzy's Vodka. An engine supplier is yet to be announced.