Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher Racing Pull Off Amazing Underdog IndyCar Victory

10/3/11 in IndyCar   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Sunday's IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway was the 113th career start for Ed Carpenter. Even though Ed had gained the respect of fans and competitors after a rocky start, he had yet to taste victory is the IZOD IndyCar Series. The closest he has come were the last two races at Kentucky Speedway, where he finished second by mere feet in 2009, and second again last year after the winner won on fuel strategy.

Carpenter this year came to Kentucky driving for Sarah Fisher Racing. Fisher, of course, was Danica before Danica, breaking into IndyCars in 1999 at the age of 19. An up-and-down career saw her finish second once and win one pole, all while never being in top-notch equipment. In 2008, Fisher started her own team with husband Andy O'Gara, running as a part-time family run operation ever since. At the end of last year, Sarah retired from driving to start a family, and on September 18th gave birth to Zoey Marie O'Gara. To replace herself, Sarah hired Ed for this year's part time schedule. The partnership showed its potential at the Indy 500, qualifying 8th and finishing 11th.

Both Ed and Sarah have been among the most popular figures among IndyCar fans. Although the team had struggled since Indianapolis, things clicked quickly in Kentucky, a place where both have had success. Ed qualified 4th for the race, and as things wound down, Carpenter and this small team that could found themselves running side by side for the win with the top dog in the series, Dario Franchitti and Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Here's how it played out.

In the end, Carpenter won by .0098 seconds, the 6th closest finish in IndyCar history. You will not find a more unlikely, but popular, victory in motorsports this season.
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10/4/11   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

What a finish... 16+ laps of side by side racing. Sorry I missed it live.