Today, Ed Carpenter Racing announced Warwickshire, England native Jordan King would be added to the team, driving the number 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet on the road and street circuits in 2018. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will mark King’s debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but he does carry a solid resume and connections to IndyCar’s past and present.
Like many open-wheel drivers, King began his career in karting and made the switch to more powerful single-seaters late in 2010. King’s open-wheel career began in 2011 with in the Formula Renault championship. King also dabbled in FIA Formula Two for three races that year.
In 2012, King transitioned to Formula Three with Carlin Racing. In his debut season, the Brit notched three wins and eight podiums on his way to the championship. King followed up his championship performance with seven podiums in the 2014 season.
For 2015, Jordan was signed (along with current IndyCar regular Alexander Rossi) to Racing Engineering’s Formula Two program. His rookie season in the series was highlighted by a second-place finish at the famed Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. His next season, King continued to impress.
Wins at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and the Silverstone circuit in his home country of England propelled King to a seventh-place finish in the championship.
Continuing his role from 2015 as a test driver for Formula One’s Manor-Marussia, he also made practice session appearances at the United States and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
In addition to his time as a teammate to Rossi, King’s management team has connections to IndyCar. The driver is represented by MB Partners, whose CEO is former CART winner and Formula One driver Mark Blundell.
“The focus for Jordan was to give him a platform to build form in IndyCar and the opportunity with Ed and ECR is the perfect fit,” said Blundell.
“Ed will be a great mentor. Having a full road and street course program alongside some oval testing will allow Jordan to show his race craft and ability in some of the most competitive open-wheel racing in the world today.”
King will get his first crack in an Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet on February 5 when the team tests at Sonoma Raceway.
Although he will be foreign to racing in America, the young driver will be partnered with an experienced team and support system as he looks to continue to make a mark in open-wheel racing.