Indianapolis, IN (August 4, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing driver Ed Carpenter and his No. 52 spotter, Davey Hamilton, took part in yesterday's announcement of the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series schedule. 23-year old Carpenter turned...
Indianapolis, IN (August 4, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing driver Ed Carpenter and his No. 52 spotter, Davey Hamilton, took part in yesterday's announcement of the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series schedule.
23-year old Carpenter turned right with guests in the IRL 2-seater car at Watkins Glen International in New York, while Hamilton gave people a thrill on the west coast at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
The IndyCar Series will run the 3.4-mile, 11-turn long course at Watkins Glen International on Sept. 25 at the facility in south-central New York, while a modified 1.77-mile, 10-turn course at Infineon Raceway formerly Sears Point Raceway will be used for the race on Aug. 28.
The 2005 schedule will support these two road course races for the first time in the 10- season history of the IRL. The American duo at Red Bull Cheever Racing welcomes the new challenges that road courses will offer.
"I'm looking forward to racing on road courses because it's not the types of tracks that I grew up racing on," Carpenter said. "The IRL IndyCar Series is the top open-wheel series in America and will benefit from representing all types of tracks, not just ovals. It will be nice to attract more fans who prefer to watch road racing instead of all ovals."
His teammate in the No. 51 Chevy-powered Dallara is a veteran road course racer and will be instrumental in helping Carpenter adapt to the different tracks.
"I'm very excited to hear that the IRL is adding road courses next year," Barron said. "I grew up on road courses through the majority of my career, so it's nice to know we'll be running on road courses again. Having different track structures will help pull in some of the road course fan base and is another step in the right direction for the series."
Next year's schedule will again feature 16 races, but will host some changes from the 2004 venues in addition to the road course races. There will no longer be two events at Texas Motor Speedway, with the final race being moved from Texas to California Speedway. Also, Nazareth Speedway will not be a destination.