Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King wants two things: a full-time ride in 2019, and a shot at winning the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
The 24-year-old has shown plenty of pace during his road and street course program in ECR’s No. 20 Chevy, and having tested with the team on ovals, the Briton’s been preparing for the future he intends to realize.
“It’s not so much about adding on ovals in particular; I want to be able to win the championship and have my name on the trophy, so to do that, I need to be doing the full season,” King told RACER. “I don’t have a favorite type of track. I just want to get in the car and do my best whether the track goes left-left-left, or left-right-left.”
It’s believed ECR holds an option on King’s services for next year, and with interest being shown in his talents by at least one other team, the coming weeks will likely determine where he’ll be driving after the Portland and Sonoma rounds complete his rookie IndyCar campaign.
“I feel like there are a couple of instances where we fell short of our potential; we led at St. Pete and had problems that dropped us back, we were on pace for a podium at Long Beach, and have had a few more where we thought that would be the case,” he said.
“So there’s been a lot of promise, but we also want to deliver on that with the two chances we have left. I don’t take solace that we’ve been quick as a rookie; we’re looking to get those results now. And after that, we’re flat-out working on 2019.
“I don’t know who it will be with, but I’ve been happy with ECR and would like to stay with them and win with them. There’s still time left to sort the next steps, and a lot of conversations to have.”