Ed Carpenter Racing has officially announced that Warwickshire, England native Jordan King will pilot the team’s number 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet at all road and street course events for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
King, 23, joins the Indianapolis-based team after weeks of rumors connecting former Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez to the Carpenter seat. As King will handle the driving duties at all road and street course races, team owner Ed Carpenter will be at the helm for all oval race events.
Excited to have his line-up set for 2018, Carpenter looks forward to giving King extended stay in IndyCar and an opportunity to prove himself in a premier open-wheel championship.
“We are very excited to welcome Jordan to the ECR family and to have him in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for the 2018 road and street course races,” stated Carpenter. “I first met Jordan at Sonoma Raceway in 2016 as he was exploring opportunities in IndyCar. He is a very motivated, intelligent and hungry driver, which is exactly what we are looking for at ECR.
“Jordan has had a lot of success and experience in Europe and I cannot wait to see what he is capable of with ECR in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Carpenter.
A driver who has climbed the ladder in European open-wheel racing, King is the FIA Institute’s 2015 Driver of the Year as well as the 2013 British Formula 3 champion. Prior to his Formula 3 triumph, King spent time in the Formula Renault championship and was most recently driving full-time in Formula 2.
Serving as a development driver for Manor F1 for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, King has driven high-performance single-seat race cars by way of tests and practice sessions in Formula One machines.
Positive in his outlook for 2018, King believes that his experience in European development racing will be enough to get his year off to a quick start.
“I am beyond excited to get started in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said King. “After winning at Silverstone in 2016 and being able to drive in Formula One practice, 2017 was not what I was hoping for. Going into the new season, I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity with Ed Carpenter Racing to work towards our collective goals.
“I believe that together, both of us have the capability to do well!” exclaimed King.
In 2018, King will pilot the number 20 machine at the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix, Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, Indianapolis Grand Prix, the doubleheader Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America, Honda Indy Toronto, Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, IndyCar’s return to Portland International Raceway, and finally, the season-ending race at Sonoma Raceway.
With the announcement of King joining Ed Carpenter Racing for their road and street course program, the final known full-time program available is now Dale Coyne Racing’s second entry.
All but confirmed, Harding Racing’s presence on the grid puts the full-time car count at 22 entries – with select events featuring expanded line-ups as Juncos Racing and Michael Shank Racing expected to make cameo appearances throughout the year.