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Carpenter, Fisher to merge IndyCar teams in 2015

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Two of the IndyCar series' smaller teams are planning to merge in 2015.

Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing said Saturday they will unite to form CFH Racing. The teams that typically each just have one entry per race will form a multi-car organization.

A joint statement said that details about personnel, suppliers and sponsors would be announced soon. The Indianapolis-based teams will be headquartered at Fisher Hartman offices a few blocks from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carpenter's team has victories this season with driver Mike Conway at Long Beach and Toronto, and owner-driver Carpenter at Texas Motor Speedway.

Fisher Hartman driver Josef Newgarden is 16th in the driver standings going into Sunday's race at the Milwaukee Mile.

Conway is 22nd, while Carpenter is 23rd among drivers. Carpenter has started at the pole in the last two Indianapolis 500s.

Carpenter also raced for then-Sarah Fisher Racing in 2011, finishing first at Kentucky, before starting his own team the following year.

"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," Carpenter said.

Fisher became the first female IndyCar team owner in 2008. A former driver, Fisher is the first woman to win a pole and place second in an IndyCar race.

She called the merger a "big-picture plan," with Carpenter's 2011 win representing a foothold.

Wink Hartman, who runs an oil company based in Wichita, Kansas, became a co-owner in Fisher's team in December 2011.

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  • Fixed it for you.
    "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!
  • Needs more Karam Conor
    If Karam Conor gets a ride, they'll get bigger TV numbers. And they need to get a NASCAR driver in the 500 again. People will come if they get the likes of Karam Conor or whatever.
  • Perfect storm
    These teams can't get sponsors....there's no ROI in the series, just what's left of the 500. Milwaukee drew 10k and had 0.24 TV ratings. That ain't gonna cut it. Seriously, if Rahal has to replace $13million, how will Sarah do it? Who is stupid enough to cough up $26million for this crap series? A series that spent over $1 billion and is STILL in the red ? And serves Andre champaigne in victory lane? Fools, that's who...
  • Name That Team
    Two more to merge is what the one guy at Milwaukee was saying Sunday. Who? So will th Series be down to like five teams? Rahal may not answer the bell is the skinny too? Heard that one a few days ago What is happening?
  • Yeah
    Maybe they can get 2 or 3 more drivers...one that specializes in streets, one that specializes in ohvals and one that stands around doing nothing. maybe they can finish 22nd next year. It has win-win all over it. I admire Sarah but partnering with the now dead twice Vision Racing is the kiss of death. Gotta sell lots of Hartmoor Polio Water now, still vapourware as no one has ever seen it ever.
  • blah blah blah
    Chief/Burl are at least consistent in their griping and prophecy of doom for IndyCar. Too bad because improvements are taking place. The racing is competitive on a wide range of tracks. This merger will create a good multi-car team out of two teams already competing at the top. It won't cut cars but will possibly add to the car count. Goodbye chief/burl.
  • Wave of the Short Future
    Excellent move. Consolidation will allow these two teams to actually exist long enough to make the 2016 Indy 500. After that, all bets are off for the entire sport.
  • Nice Ebb
    This seems to validate the rumors of Fussy's pulling out. Great to see the remnant of Vision Racing going away forever. Three wins in IRL equals 16, 22, and 23rd in standings. Should be a blockbuster 2015 season for them. Between Panther, Rahal and now Carpenter going out of business and a business model that's insane, I'm encouraged this is all headed in the right direction.
  • Smart Strategic Move
    Fantastic move for both entities. Makes perfect sense. The SFH headquarters in Speedway are fabulous. Hopefully they can run three cars. A big challenge for IndyCar going forward is ensuring an environment that attracts other new participants going forward. The car count this season is sub-par. Congratulations Ed, Sarah, Wink and all the folks working on both teams.

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