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Ed Carpenter Should Hire an Oval Expert

For the past four years, Ed Carpenter has raced only the oval tracks on the IndyCar schedule. That typically adds up to five or six races a year the driver and team owner of Ed Carpenter Racing gets to compete in. When his name pops up on an entry list, fans and the media love to mention that Carpenter only races on ovals, and they often dub him an 'oval specialist' or 'oval expert.'

And at first glance this seems like it's not a crazy thing to say. Carpenter won pole position at Indianapolis this year and in the process of doing so ran the only 230 mph plus lap of the weekend. This was his third pole position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making him one of nineteen drivers who have won pole position at the speedway multiple times -- only ten drivers, including Carpenter, have won it three or more times.

He finished this year's 500 in second place after leading 65 laps, his highest finish since a win at Texas in 2014.

While these results may seem to confirm …