Jordan King will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing next season.
Sharing the No. 20 ECR Chevy with the team’s owner/driver, King made his presence felt on a number of road and street courses as a rookie in the IndyCar Series and held hopes of staying in the car for his sophomore season.
“We are currently working on options for 2019 after Ed Carpenter provided an excellent learning curve for 2018,” King said. “This year has been a great platform but 2019 is another chapter with some exciting plans ahead that, as a package, will give me the opportunity to show my potential even further.
“I feel like I have proven a lot this year and my single-seater career to date only serves as further proof that I am a race winner — that is what I love doing and pride myself upon. I want to be given that opportunity again for 2019 in whatever form that takes. I relished the challenge of embracing a new team and culture this year and enter next year as a more complete driver and person because of it.”
New to every circuit on the IndyCar calendar, King made statements in a number of qualifying sessions where he earned six top 12s and two top sixes. His finest race performance was delivered at Sonoma where mechanical issues in qualifying left the Briton to charge from 25th and last on the grid to 13th at the finish.
“Our one-lap pace was really strong throughout the season and that is a pretty good sign in terms of how I got to grip with the series from the outset,” he added. “Our results in the races didn’t quite replicate this but we had our fair share of bad luck and mechanical issues. Race strategy is of course incredibly important in IndyCar and we learned some harsh lessons as a team throughout the year.”
Former Dale Coyne Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Ed Jones is rumored to be King’s replacement in the No. 20 Chevy. Reached by RACER’s Robin Miller on Monday, Carpenter declined to comment on who will serve as Spencer Pigot’s teammate alongside the No. 21 Chevy. A tie-in with the Scuderia Corsa IMSA team, which made its IndyCar debut in May with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team, is also said to be part of Jones’ involvement with ECR.