Season Review: Ed Carpenter

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about 21 full-time drivers in addition to extended part time drivers (Carpenter and Conway) in an honest and opinionated format. I would ask you to share your opinions on my thoughts as well as your thoughts on the driver and their season. Enjoy:

Ed Carpenter
#20 Ed Carpenter Racing

22nd in points scoring 262 points.

Best finish: 1st (Texas)
Worst finish: 27th (Indianapolis)

Wins: 1
Poles: 1
Avg. Start: 8.3
Avg. Finish: 9.7
Change in position: -8

Grade: B+

Another terrific chapter in Ed Carpenter Racing was set in 2014. As said in my review of Mike Conway's season review, Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter made a great combination. Ed was his usual self on ovals. Other than an accident at Indianapolis with James Hinchcliffe, Ed had a pretty stellar season. A win at Texas and a pole at Indianapolis were the highlights of they year. Ed Carpenter Racing is no more, as the team has merged with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Ed will be back in a car next season, but will Conway be back? That's what is on Ed's plate this offseason.

As with the situation of Mike Conway, Ed Carpenter should seriously consider returning full-time in Indycar. Now that Conway has come to the team and provided it with some good setups and equipment, Ed Carpenter could take over and be a serious contender for the championship, given that double points are still up for grabs at tracks that Carpenter can succeed at. Although Ed would still likely under-perform on road courses, he could finish in the top-ten in points. Overall, another good showing from Ed this season.

Ed Carpenter - Iowa Corn Indy 300: Day 1
Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt / Getty Images North America

2014 Report Card:
Ed Carpenter - B+
Mike Conway - B+

Stay tuned for P21 Sebastian Saavedra!

-Matthew Hickey