British driver Jordan King will switch to IndyCar with Ed Carpenter Racing for 2018.
The 23-year-old, who competed in Formula 2 in 2017, will drive the team’s No. 20 car at the 11 road and street course events throughout the season, while team owner Ed Carpenter will drive at all oval races.
A champion in British Formula 3 back in 2012, King won 2 races in the 2016 GP2 season with Racing Engineering, his second year in the series. However, moving to MP Motorsport for 2017, King struggled in the newly renamed series, finishing 11th in the standings without a podium to his name.
King also has Formula 1 experience; although he has never competed in an F1 race, he was Manor’s reserve driver in 2016 and drove the car in tests in Austin and Abu Dhabi.
“We are very excited to welcome Jordan to the ECR family and to have him in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for the 2018 road and street course races,” said Ed Carpenter, the owner of the team and co-driver of the #20 car.
“I first met Jordan at Sonoma Raceway in 2016 as he was exploring opportunities in IndyCar. He is a very motivated, intelligent and hungry driver, which is exactly what we are looking for at ECR.
“Jordan has had a lot of success and experience in Europe and I can’t wait to see what he is capable of with ECR in IndyCar.”
The car was shared last season between Carpenter and Spencer Pigot, but with Pigot driving the #21 car for a full season in 2018, King becomes the 3rd man to share the seat with Carpenter, and the 2nd Brit, after Mike Conway in 2014.
“I am beyond excited to get started in IndyCar,” asserted King.
“After winning at Silverstone in 2016 and being able to drive in F1 practice, 2017 was not what I was hoping for.
“Going into the new season, I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity with ECR to work towards our collective goals. I believe that together, both of us have the capability to do well.”
Having never driven an Indycar before, King will look to use Carpenter’s experience to help him adapt to the series. “Sharing the No. 20 seat with Ed gives me a great opportunity to learn from him and the team while racing at the road and street courses will let me put into practice what I have learnt,” he said.
King’s manager Mark Blundell, who spent 5 years in the CART series, also sees the drive as a chance to help King learn.
“The focus for Jordan was to give him a platform to build from in Indy car and the opportunity with Ed and ECR is the perfect fit,” Blundell said.
“Ed will be a great mentor. Having a full road and street course program alongside some oval testing will allow Jordan to show his racecraft and ability in some of the most competitive open wheel racing in the world today.”