Chevrolet’s manufacturer win in this year’s 2014 Verizon IndyCar series championship may have earned the bowtie another team for the 2015 season, with newcomers CFH Racing choosing Chevy’s engines over Honda’s for their inaugural year of competition.
CFH Racing was formed by merging Ed Carpenter Racing, who has used Chevy power since its first ever season in 2012, and the Honda team Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. CFH will field two cars in 2015, one piloted by former SFHR driver Josef Newgarden and the other driven by a yet-to-be-announced driver. Last year, Ed Carpenter Racing’s effort was split down the middle, with Mike Conway driving on road courses and Carpenter taking over duties for the oval tracks.
“I am very proud that CFH Racing will be powered by Team Chevy for the 2015 season,” said Carpenter. “Team Chevy has delivered for ECR over the past three years, and I know that our new combination of CFH Racing and Chevrolet will continue to put us in a great position moving forward.”
Between Conway and Carpenter, ECR managed 3 wins and one pole position last year. SFH meanwhile scored no wins or points, but Newgarden still had an impressive season, scoring 403 points after managing 2 top five finishes and 7 top ten finishes in 18 starts. Team Chevy recognized that adding Newgarden, who is an IndyLights champion, to their roster is a step in the right direction for the 2015 season.
“Adding Josef Newgarden to the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver roster, and Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman along with Ed Carpenter to our key partners in IndyCar is exciting for Chevrolet,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “Ed’s team has produced tremendous results the last three seasons, and we will be thrilled to see the CFH Racing Chevy-powered cars on the track in 2015.”