Ed Carpenter Owns IndyCar Finale in Fontana, Oakley Drivers Close Solid Season
Ed Carpenter Racing is officially on the map.
The newly formed team, created by Oakley IndyCar Driver Ed Carpenter, just broke through into victory lane with a resounding triumph from their owner at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
“This feels great for a brand new team that just started in November,” Carpenter said, rocking his Oakley eyewear, racing firesuit, racing gloves and racing boots. “I feel this team stuck together through the ups and downs of the first year and this win is a tribute to their hard work.”
The work definitely paid off.
Edging fellow Oakley star Dario Franchitti after leading for a race-high 62 laps, Ed eventually pulled away after turn two in the final lap to claim his second career victory.
After passing Franchitti on the high side, that is.
A caution came about following a spin by Takuma Sato brought out the yellow. And although Ed’s odds looked bleak in the final restart, he eventually found his opportune moment.
“The final restart, I got a good start. I thought that maybe that was going to be my last chance to get by him. He just kept protecting the bottom and I started working the top…I kept building momentum and building momentum and finally got close enough to get a draft.”
Season Closes With Solid Oakley Team Finishes
Although Ed grabbed the spotlight to close out the season, his fellow Oakley Team Stars were solid in their own overall finishes this year.
• Scott Dixon finished the year in the third place position in overall Championship standings
• Indy Lights Rising Star, Gustavo Yacaman, claimed third in the Lights overall Championship standings
Congratulations to Ed, Dario, Scott and Gustavo for yet another magical season on the circuit!