IndyCar wives talk ups and downs of racing

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The big business of racing can be difficult.

“People think if you’re a race car driver, you have money, but that’s not the case,” said Heather Carpenter, wife of driver Ed Carpenter. “You’re constantly looking for sponsors, it’s an expensive sport to be a part of.”

The Carpenters know the ups and downs of racing all too well. Ed’s now an owner, but there was a time where he struggled to get a ride. He lost his full time ride before the 2010 season when Vision Racing folded.

“We said maybe it’s time to get a real job,” said Heather. “I work and sell real estate, but it happens, it’s part of racing. We know it’s a short lived cycle. Drivers don’t race until they’re very old.”

It’s something the Taglianis can sympathize with. Alex doesn’t have a full time IndyCar ride this season, but will drive in the Indy 500 for Sarah Fisher.

Bronte said it’s been a frustrating and disappointing year for her husband.

“Racing has changed, the business of racing has changed so much,” said Bronte. “It’s not only about having the talent to drive the car. It’s about the sponsorship and the funding, you have to have people behind you, standing behind you, and almost just pay for you to drive the car.”

Starting and owning a team has presented an entirely new set of challenges for the Carpenters.

“When we were first starting, we were concerned about our living and now as a team owner, you’re worried about all those crew guys and providing for them and their families,” said Heather.

On Friday, in part three of 24-Hour News 8’s series, we take a look at how they deal with the dangers their husbands face every day.

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