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It's been a good week for Ed Carpenter and his eponymous IZOD IndyCar Series team. Just before the weekend, Carpenter's team was named as one of two beneficiaries for INDYCAR's Leaders Circle program; on Monday he announced his entry has power from Chevrolet for the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Dallara/Firestone machine.
Carpenter is the sole driver/owner racing full-time in the Indy cars for the 2012 season; he is also the most recent series race winner with his spectacular win at Kentucky Speedway last October. A month after that win, Carpenter, 30, announced his new team in association with Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka as primary sponsor; the brand is owned by PGA and Champions Tour professional golfer Fuzzy Zoeller.
Chevrolet, celebrating its 100th year has 104 Indy car wins to its credit, together six series championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories. The 2012 Chevy Indy car V-6 engine has an aluminum block and cylinder heads, direct injection and twin turbochargers; it a fully-stressed chassis member supporting the gearbox and rear suspension.
"We are extremely excited to partner with Chevrolet for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series," said Carpenter. "Chevrolet has been an American legend for a century and a winner in all forms of competition," noted the Butler University marketing graduate. "It will be great to have the famed Bowtie back in the series; being an American driver with an American engine makes me very proud to represent the Chevrolet brand."
Zoeller, the former Masters and U.S. Open champion concurred:"American made, American driven. Outstanding. We're looking forward to having the trifecta between Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet and Fuzzy's Ultra Premium vodka in 2012. We've teed it up a few times in the past and now we've hit the hole-in-one with Ed and Chevrolet in 2012. On the tee, on the track, it's the perfect finish to a great drive."
"We are proud to announce Ed Carpenter Racing has joined the Chevrolet family," noted Jim Campbell, Chevrolet's vice president of performance vehicles and motorsport, "and that Ed will compete with the new Chevy Indy V-6 beginning in 2012. Ed and his family have a long history with Chevrolet; he's a winning driver and we hope he'll put the new Chevrolet engine back in victory lane this year."