CFH Racing personnel don’t have to refer to the North and South campus any longer. They’re consolidated at the new and spacious 40,000-square-foot facility on Main Street in Speedway, Ind.
Oh, there are partitions to be completed, office spaces to be allocated and logos to be updated, but the merger of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing that was announced in mid-August is essentially complete.
“You don’t want to call it anything but CFH Racing. We’re trying to get everybody’s minds wrapped around it and make it one, to have them all working together,” co-owner Sarah Fisher said.
Ed Carpenter Racing was based on the north side of Indianapolis – about a 20-minute drive to the Speedway facility next to Dallara’s U.S. headquarters and across the street from A.J. Foyt’s satellite base of operations.
“The move-in date we all agreed that it would be better to move it up rather than delay it until the building was ready from the mere idea that communication is so important,” Fisher said. “You can hear what you want when you read something, but when you look someone in the face you can get what they truly mean. We wanted everyone to be in this together in the re-arranging stages.
“It was really fast-paced how (the announcement) happened. But I think the big picture of what we’re trying to accomplish by doing it is going to be great. It’s taken a little bit of time to organize, but once we get it the way it’s laid out it will be supportive of a good two-car effort.”
Josef Newgarden returns for his fourth full season with the team. Carpenter drove the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car in the five oval races on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar, and he’s mapped the same plan for 2015 with another driver to handle the road/street course races. Mike Conway, who won at Long Beach and Toronto in the No. 20 Chevrolet this season, could return.
Carpenter, whose team entered Verizon IndyCar Series competition in 2012 with the owner/driver, competed in 11 races for Fisher’s team in 2011 (Wink Hartman joined as a co-owner in December 2011), winning at Kentucky Speedway. Sarah Fisher Racing, which was formed in 2008, fielded a two-car effort in four races in 2010 with Fisher being joined by Jay Howard at three venues and Graham Rahal at one.
“As far as next year, it’s really hard to tell the benefits a two-car team brings,” Fisher added. “In the past we’ve experienced a two-car team in 2010 and it wasn’t structured properly to see the benefit, and I see a full difference in how this team is laid out. We’ll definitely reap the reward of it for sure.”