News From Terre Haute, Indiana


May 8, 2014

Owner-driver Ed Carpenter getting ready for Indy run

CLINTON — Before too many pages get torn off the May calendar, IndyCar team owner and driver Ed Carpenter is trying to enjoy his free time away from race tracks.

Wednesday afternoon was an example of that.

The Wabash Valley native — born in Paris, Ill., and lived in Marshall, Ill., until he was 8 — signed autographs and granted media interviews while the car he drove in the 2008 Indianapolis 500 sat in the parking lot of the 500 Automotive Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership in Vermillion County.

“[Tuesday] and today, the team’s been moving all of our equipment and cars out to the [Indianapolis Motor] Speedway,” Carpenter told the Tribune-Star between autographs. “Then we’ll work from there for the rest of the month.”

That includes getting his driver Mike Conway, who won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this season, prepared for Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS Road Course, starting at 3:50 p.m.

“We’re all looking forward to that,” said Carpenter, who’s in his third season as owner of Ed Carpenter Racing.

After this weekend, the 33-year-old Carpenter will focus on driving and finishing preparation for the rest of his team in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

“I’m the only owner-driver in the [Verizon IndyCar Series] right now,” he pointed out. “But we’ve got a great group of people … so most of our preparation for May happens in the offseason. So now it’s just a matter of finishing everything, putting everything together and executing the plan.”

This will be Carpenter’s first 2014 race as a driver.

“The past two years, I’ve run all the races [even while owning the team],” he explained. “For this year, we hired Mike Conway to drive the road and street courses and I’m racing all the ovals … and the Indy 500 is the first oval of the season. When it comes to oval racing, I’m the same as everyone else. I’ve tested a couple times out in California and once in Texas three weeks ago. So I feel prepared and just excited to get back on track.”

Carpenter’s best Indy 500 finish came in 2008 when he placed fifth. In 2013, he qualified for the pole position for the first time in his 10th Indy 500.

Not surprisingly, he’s targeting 2014 for his first Indy 500 victory.

“I’m always looking for a win,” Carpenter emphasized. “That’s the goal every year in May. We had a good chance last year. We led the most laps, but we ended up 10th. I’m hoping to come back this year and finally be able to capture the win. … I feel like our preparation’s been good. I never expect that it’s going to be easy. We just try to continue working hard and be prepared and hopefully we’ll be good on race day when it counts.”

Asked to look into his mythical crystal ball for a few seconds, Carpenter isn’t sure how many more years he wants to race. But it doesn’t sound as if he wants to remove the “driver” part of his “owner-driver” title anytime soon.

“Racing’s a tough sport,” he said. “There’s never any security. Every year can be your last. I try to enjoy it and make the most of it while I can. If I’m capable and have the opportunity to do it, as long as I’m competitive, I’ll keep doing it.”

On a personal note, the stepson of longtime IMS president and chief executive officer and IndyCar founder Tony George says he tries to get back to the Valley whenever possible, especially since he still has family in Clark County.

“I bought a car over here [at 500 Automotive] for my wife last year,” Carpenter mentioned.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Sports — What’s going on

    July 22, 2014

  • SPT072114 golf hug.jpg Total control: Welker posts eight birdies while dethroning 10-time city women’s golf champion Stuckey

    Rachel Welker is the 2014 Terre Haute Women’s Golf Association city champion. The former Terre Haute North standout defeated 10-time winner Cara Stuckey 5 and 4 in sunny, warm conditions Monday at Rea Park.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • SPT 061114 BROCK PITCH.jpg Game’s the same, no matter park’s name

    Maybe they should play this at Valle Field. It’s called Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club Park now, but the venerable ballpark was the site of some classic high school baseball regional games in the 1970s when coach Don Jennings and Terre Haute North’s local dynasty fought off stiff challenges from the best the rest of the Wabash Valley had to offer.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tom Reck: Brickyard 400 highlights big sports week

    It’s another busy week in sports. Two of the events on the schedule are the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the windup of the Show-Me’s/THGA men’s city golf tournament.

    July 21, 2014

  • Pacers sign Stuckey, face uphill battle

    Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA’s best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey. It’s a swap that will make it a challenge for Indiana to win a third straight title in a division that might be the toughest in basketball.

    July 21, 2014

  • Metro: Former Miss Softball joins Purdue staff

    Terre Haute North graduate Megan Ciolli Bartlett, the state’s 2001 Miss Softball and a two-time All-American at Notre Dame, is joining the Purdue coaching staff.

    July 21, 2014

  • Metro Baseball: Both North Little League teams win, move on

    With their backs planted firmly against the wall, the Terre Haute North 12-year-olds kept their Little League state championship hopes alive Monday evening with a 5-1 victory over Franklin Township.

    July 21, 2014

  • Paris racing begins

    Dolly’s Girl was a first-time winner in Illinois harness racing on Monday at the Edgar County Fair.

    July 21, 2014

  • Sports — What’s going on

    July 21, 2014

  • ChadSmith.jpg Running a race against ALS

    Chad Smith carried himself with grace when racking up victories in track and field and cross country as an athlete at Sullivan High School, and later at the University of Southern Indiana.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Local Interest
High School
  • Metro: Former Miss Softball joins Purdue staff

    Terre Haute North graduate Megan Ciolli Bartlett, the state’s 2001 Miss Softball and a two-time All-American at Notre Dame, is joining the Purdue coaching staff.

    July 21, 2014

  • Metro: ISU graduate Johnson sixth in shot at Monaco

    Indiana State graduate Felisha Johnson competed in her first International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League track and field meeting Friday, placing sixth in a shot put competition that featured six of the top seven throwers in the world for 2014.

    July 18, 2014

  • ReedUK.jpg A.J. Reed makes it 5 for 5 in college baseball awards with Golden Spikes Award

    When it came down to it, college baseball’s electors agreed that there was no award Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed didn’t deserve for his remarkable 2014 season at Kentucky.
    Reed was selected Thursday as the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner, given annually to the top amateur player in the nation by USA Baseball, making Reed a unanimous pick as the national player of the year.

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • MVC to shift women's basketball tournament to Moline, Ill.

    The Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament will move 90 miles farther from Terre Haute beginning in 2016, the league announced Thursday.

    July 17, 2014

  • Metro: ISU-IU football game to be on ESPNEWS

    Indiana University announced Wednesday that the season opening game between Indiana State and IU will be played at noon on Sept. 30.

    July 16, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex

Auto Racing
AP Auto Racing News
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens of Gaza Targets 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Today in History for July 22nd
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News