INDIANAPOLIS – It may have been one of the calmer times during his two weeks following his first victory of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.
With a few fans at Pirates’ Cove Mini Golf Course on the Northeast Side of Indianapolis, Ed Carpenter took his first swing on the first hole of the Dayspring Annual Mini-Golf classic early Thursday evening. His first shot didn’t make it in but his second did on the opening hole of the event that featured multiple teams who donated money to benefit the Dayspring Shelter-the only one in Indianapolis that helps homeless families.
“It’s a fun event,” said Carpenter, who was happy to help out the shelter with the appearance of himself and wife Heather on Saturday. “Generating some money but more importantly just generating awareness and making some new friends for the organization and having a good time.”
Many might believe that Carpenter has done so over the past two weeks considering his accomplishment at the Texas Motor Speedway. On June 7th, Carpenter took the lead in the second half of the Firestone 600 race and was able to come home with his first victory of the year and his third overall in the IndyCar Series.
But instead of celebrating, the driver/owner has been staying busy with tests around the country in preparation for the second half of the season which begins the next week with a doubleheader in Houston.
“Texas kinda seems like it was a couple of months ago even though it was a couple of weeks ago,” said Carpenter. “I have had three tests since then so I’ve been in the car a lot which is fun. As a race driver, you want to be in the car more.”
Carpenter has tested at the Iowa Speedway, the Milwaukee Mile and Pocono Raceway the last two weeks to get ready for IndyCar events later in the summer. The hope is that Carpenter can keep up the team’s strong momentum from the first half of the season in which both he and road course driver Mike Conway came up with victories.
During the Month of May, Carpenter won his second consecutive pole award for the Indianapolis 500 and was contending for the lead when a crash with James Hinchcliffe ended his day early.
“I’m really happy with the team. All but Barber we’ve been in contention in every race, we won two of them and won a pole,” said Carpenter. “I know a lot of the team’s would like to have the year we’re having so hopefully we can have a second half like the first half has been.”
But for the moment, he’ll take a much enjoyed break for charity and mini-golf.