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2014 Iowa Q&A: IndyCar - Ed Carpenter
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 11, 2014 - 05:43 PM
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2014 Iowa Q&A: IndyCar - Ed Carpenter

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Iowa Speedway and discussed Iowa Speedway, difference in tracks and other topics .

ON BEING AT IOWA SPEEDWAY: "I enjoy short-track racing. This is the most unique short-track we go to because short-track and high-downforce racing. At the same time it’s fast racing, multiple lanes, so it’s a lot of fun wheel-to-wheel action. I like the type of racing that’s close and fast and multiple lanes. It’s always nice when the high line develops, which usually can here. It’s fun."


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ON TRANSITIONING BETWEEN DRIVER AND TEAM OWNER "As awkward as it can be going back and forth, it’s become more natural, knowing when and how to transition between different mindsets. So it’s become a little easier, but I don’t know if it’s easier being out of the car. I still enjoy my time in the car as much as anything, but at the same time (being a team owner) is a different type of challenge working with Mike (Conway) on the stand outside of things. I enjoy the challenge of it, but I’d be lying if I told you I was having as much fun doing that as when I’m driving."

ON DIFFERENCES IN SETUP BETWEEN SHORT OVAL AND SPEEDWAYS: "It is a totally different package with the short oval - high downforce package makes the car feel entirely different than it does in speedway trim. But when I look at a place like this it is similar to like how Kentucky used to be when we raced there. It is a very bumpy place. Very bumpy through turns one and two. I like that element, and the challenge that that adds to getting the balance right on the car, and managing those bumps and getting your car to work on multiple lines. But you’ve got to have good rear grip, which is something I think you have to have at Indy as well. It’s a different type of car. A different mindset, so not a whole lot crosses over."

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