IRL: Cheever Racing Homestead, day one notes

Homestead, FL (January 19, 2005) The newly configured Red Bull Cheever Racing team finished up their first day of IndyCar Series open testing in heavy traffic on the 2.21-mile road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Today marked day one of road...

Homestead, FL (January 19, 2005) The newly configured Red Bull Cheever Racing team finished up their first day of IndyCar Series open testing in heavy traffic on the 2.21-mile road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Today marked day one of road course testing with a full field of cars. The team brought their new Toyota engine, Technical Director Henri Durand, and driver Patrick Capentier along with all the team veterans to the put the changes to the test.

Carpentier started and ended the day in his no. 83 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone with lots of enthusiasm.

"I am very happy with today. We made a lot of progress after the morning session and gained twice as much ground as the other teams, cutting our time behind the leader from 1.5 seconds to .8. Everyone aims for first place, so we still have to work, work, work, but I know Red Bull Cheever Racing can do it."

During the afternoon session Carpentier logged an impressive fast lap time of 111.740 mph (1 minute, 11.740 seconds), only .7577 seconds behind today's leader earning him the sixth fastest lap of the day. He was able to log 68 laps by days end.

For Alex Barron the day went a little differently. It began with high expectations but as the day progressed some of those went unmet.

"Unfortunately, we didn't spend as much time on track as we would have liked to. We had a system installation problem with the car and didn't get to log many laps. I'm going to stay positive, have a thorough debrief with my engineers and go at it full speed ahead tomorrow."

At the end of the day he had a quick lap time of 107.465 mph (1 minute, 13.8409 seconds) of the 25 laps he completed. He has high hopes for tomorrow's session as he heads into a technical debriefing with the team engineers.

The field heads back out on track tomorrow at 9 a.m. (EDT) for the second day of road course testing. They head to the oval for the final day of testing on Saturday.

-www.redbullcheeverracing.com

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