King 'beyond excited' at ECR IndyCar deal
7 January 2018 – Former Manor Formula 1 tester Jordan King says he is "beyond excited" at the opportunity to compete in IndyCar this year after joining Ed Carpenter Racing for the road/street course events.
King linked up with Manor towards the end of 2015 and made a handful of test and practice outings in 2016, alongside GP2 duties, as he staked his claim for a 2017 race seat.
However, Manor folded 12 months ago and King remained in the rebranded Formula 2 championship, switching to MP Motorsport, and placed a low-key 11th, four places lower than in 2016.
King has linked up with ECR to participate in the 11 road and street course events in the No. 20 machine, with team boss Carpenter, as per recent years, taking the reins for the oval races.
"I am beyond excited to get started in the IndyCar Series," explained King.
"After winning at Silverstone in [GP2] in 2016 and being able to drive in F1 practice, 2017 was not what I was hoping for.
"Going into the new season, I'm really looking forward to having the opportunity with ECR to work towards our collective goals.
"I believe that together, both of us have the capability to do well!
"Sharing the No. 20 seat with Ed gives me a great opportunity to learn from him and the team, while racing at the road and street courses will let me put into practice what I have learnt."