LONG BEACH, Calif. — A day after Dario Franchitti announced his retirement, another IndyCar driver announced he was also getting out of his car.
Ed Carpenter's decision in November to race only on ovals and to turn his car over to a more skilled driver on road and street courses was largely overshadowed by Franchitti's sudden retirement because of injuries suffered in a crash a month earlier.
Carpenter wanted Mike Conway, who had willingly walked away from ovals a year earlier, behind the wheel and said hiring the British driver would "strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event."
It couldn't have been an easy decision for Carpenter, the professional race car driver.
But as the owner of Ed Carpenter Racing, he had to make what appeared to be the best decision for his young race team.
Only two races into the new arrangement, Carpenter's decision was validated Sunday by Conway's win at the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was just the second victory for the organization, which first visited Victory Lane in the 2012 season finale at Fontana as Carpenter wrapped up his debut season as a driver/owner.