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Get T0 Know: Ed Carpenter

It’s fitting that, as a younger man, Ed Carpenter was a fixer-upper who flipped houses as a hobby. He got pretty good with tools, bought houses in his hometown of Indianapolis, put in some sweat equity to give ‘em a face lift, then put them on the market.

3 years ago, his family sold the biggest house of them all: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Everette Edward Carpenter, Jr. was born in Paris, Illinois on March 3, 1981. As a young boy, he moved with his mother to Indianapolis, where he was legally adopted by his then step father, Tony George. Tony, of course, is part of the famed Hulman-George family that owned the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, before selling to Roger Penske.

Carpenter began racing quarter midgets at the age of 8, and became a USAC star before joining Indy Lights in the early 2000s. He made his IndyCar series debut in 2003, a year later he started in his 1st Indianapolis 500.

Now a veteran of 19 “500”s, he’s led laps in 6 of those races, started on pole 3 times, and had 3 top 5 finishes.

A Park Tudor School and Butler University graduate, Carpenter and his wife, Heather, have 3 children. He can frequently be spotted at sporting events cheering for his beloved Colts, Pacers, and Butler Bulldogs.

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