Carpenter starting to show signs he's ready to win

Ed Carpenter is still looking for his first IndyCar Series victory. There are signs the stepson of IRL and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CEO Tony George, is ready to accomplish it, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: July 14, 2008, 7:05 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter gets labeled a lot of things.

Tony George's stepson. Old-school USAC short-track throwback. Or one of the few drivers with the cojones to call out Danica Patrick.

Well, here's a couple more labels to ponder slapping on the Illinois native: Marketable American star from the heartland and maybe the next first-time winner in the IndyCar Series.

Carpenter, 27, is in his fourth season driving for Vision Racing, the IndyCar ...

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