After an 11-race run together during this year’s Verizon IndyCar Series season, Ed Carpenter Racing and Jordan King will not run in tandem for the 2019 season. The British driver confirmed the news with a statement released on his website earlier this morning.
“We are currently working on options for 2019 after Ed Carpenter provided an excellent learning curve for 2018,” King stated. “This year has been a great platform but 2019 is another chapter with some exciting plans ahead that, as a package, will give me the opportunity to show my potential even further.”
Running a partial schedule for the Chevrolet-backed team in 2018, King appeared only on road and street courses in the Fuzzy’s Vodka No. 20 machine. In those 11 starts he registered an average finish of 15.8 with a season-best run of 11th at Toronto in July.
King was a bit better when it came to one-lap runs: he had qualifying efforts of 4th at St. Petersburg and 5th at the INDYCAR Grand Prix in Indianapolis.
“Our one-lap pace was really strong throughout the season and that is a pretty good sign in terms of how I got to grip with the series from the outset,” King said in a statement. “Our results in the races didn’t quite replicate this but we had our fair share of bad luck and mechanical issues. Race strategy is of course incredibly important in Indy and we learned some harsh lessons as a team throughout the year.”
It is reasonable to assume King will lobby for a full-time ride in 2019, potentially with British-based Carlin as either a second or third entry. Juncos Racing is still an option, though with both teams there is bound to be some financial input involved in order to secure a seat.
The status of King’s financial pull is murky at the moment, though it’s believed that his current resources could fund better than 50% of a ride.
Coming over from Formula 2 experience in 2017, King did well to embrace the challenges of Indy car racing this season and was able to flash a bit of promise from time to time. While he looks for a step-up in race participation, teams will naturally expect continued performance development and improved results next season.
“I feel like I have proven a lot this year and my single-seater career to date only serves as further proof that I am a race-winner, that is what I love doing and pride myself upon. I want to be given that opportunity again for 2019 in whatever form that takes.
“I relished the challenge of embracing a new team and culture this year and enter next year as a more complete driver and person because of it.”
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