CFH Racing was formed by the unification of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. CFH Racing is co-owned by Ed Carpenter, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series; Sarah Fisher, nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter and the first woman to win a pole position for a major open wheel event; and businessman Wink Hartman.
Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) was established in February of 2008 when Fisher became the first female owner/driver and the youngest team owner in the IndyCar Series. During its first year, SFR competed in three races; in 2009, the team grew its schedule by 100% and participated in six events. By 2010, SFR entered 11 races and utilized a two-car program for the first time at several venues.
Fisher announced plans of retirement following the 2010 season and named Ed Carpenter as her replacement. Carpenter claimed the first victory for the team and of his career at Kentucky Speedway in a side-by-side finish. Success also came at the Indianapolis 500, where Carpenter qualified eighth, led three laps and was within one position of a top-ten finish.
At the end of the 2011 season, Fisher announced a partnership with Kansas businessman Wink Hartman to create Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. The team signed 2011 Indy Lights champion Josef Newgarden to contest the entire 2012 schedule. Meanwhile, Carpenter formed his own team in late 2011, Ed Carpenter Racing. Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka was announced as the primary sponsor, an Indiana-based company founded by pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller.
Carpenter drove the entirety of the 2012 and 2013 seasons in his own car. He won his first race as an owner/driver in the 2012 season finale at Auto Club Speedway and also captured podium finishes at that race the next two years, second and third, respectively. Also in 2013 and 2014, Carpenter claimed back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500. He participated in the oval events in 2014, hiring Mike Conway to compete in the road and street course events. ECR won three races in 2014 – Carpenter at Texas Motor Speedway and Conway at Long Beach and the second of the Toronto double-header events.
SFHR built their program around rookie Newgarden, who quickly turned heads by starting on the front row of only his third Verizon Indycar Series event at Long Beach. He was also the fastest rookie qualifier for the Indianapolis 500, starting the race seventh. His first podium came the following year with a second place finish at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Newgarden became known as one of the best qualifiers in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2014, earning seven top-five starts, including four on the front roq. His first podium finish on an oval came at Iowa Speedway after driving from 21st to take the checkered flag in second place.
In August 2014, the single-car teams of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing announced plans to merge for 2015, creating a multi-car program that would be known as CFH Racing. ECR moved into SFHR’s existing shop at the conclusion of the 2014 season. CFH Racing is located in Speedway, Ind., a few blocks from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The new headquarters is cutting-edge and features a modern layout that includes work areas for engineering, service, paint, composites and an expanded machine shop. In addition, the facility has a retail store for fans to purchase team-related souvenirs as well as expanded areas for entertainment and events.
Newgarden will continue to pilot the No. 67 car in 2015. Carpenter will remain the driver of the No. 20 car for the oval events; Italian Luca Filippi will take the wheel for the road and street course events.