Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher merge IndyCar teams for 2015

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Sarah Fisher and Ed Carpenter will merge teams to form CFH Racing in 2015 in IndyCar (Courtesy IndyCar Series)

MILWAUKEE – They are both drivers who have decided to diversify their portfolios in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

But as Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher continue their careers in open wheel racing, they’ve found it more lucrative to go forward together.

On Saturday it was announced that Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman racing will combine in 2015 and be named Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing (CPH Racing for short).

“I am very excited about this new opportunity to merge Ed Carpenter Racing with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in CFH Racing,” said Carpenter in a statement released through the team. “We had success together in 2011 and have always had a great relationship. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that we won our first race together at Kentucky Speedway.”

Right now Ed Carpenter Racing consists of it’s owner racing on the oval tracks, including the Milwaukee Mile this weekend, and Mike Conway on the road and street courses. Sarah Fisher Hartman racing has the No. 67 machine for this season which is driven by Josef Newgarden.

Fisher, who raced in the IndyCar Series for 11 years and competed in nine Indianapolis 500s, hopes the two teams merging will mean longer-term success for each.

“The merger of the two teams is a big-picture plan,” said Fisher in a statement. “At the nucleus of all parties, there is a lot of synergy that has great potential for the future. Working with Ed, and capturing that first win, was a foothold in our team, and I look forward to the many more that will come as a result of bringing all the parties together.”