IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay drove Ed Carpenter Racing’s car in testing at Sonoma on Wednesday, in an arrangement between Andretti Autosport and Carpenter.
Even though his team, Andretti Autosport, did not participate in the test, Hunter-Reay spent the morning driving Carpenter’s car before handing it over to Carpenter in the afternoon.
The two teams had a similar arrangement in testing at Fontana last year, when Marco Andretti worked with Carpenter’s team. “This is an interesting opportunity, and different to usual. But Ed and I are good friends. We were team-mates in 2009 [at Vision Racing] and have remained friends off the track as well. We found an opportunity to work together and develop a few things, so that’s what we’re doing today,” Hunter-Reay was quoted as saying by Autosport.
Carpenter, who won last year’s season-finale at Fontana, said that it made sense for the Chevrolet teams to cooperate with the goal of helping the overall Chevy package to progress.
“This goes back to something we started talking about in the off-season. One of the great things about being a part of Team Chevy is that we really do work together, and this is a part of that. Marco ran my car at Fontana when we did the Chevy test out there, and this is kind of part two,” Carpenter said.