Indianapolis, IN (December 21, 2004) Patrick Carpentier completed his first round of testing with Red Bull Cheever Racing at Sebring International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"I really liked driving the car," explained Carpentier of his Sebring test. "At first I was skeptical about how it would perform on a road course, but as soon as I got a feel for the car it proved me wrong. The braking was a little different, but it handled well and was pretty smooth around the corners."
Carpentier in his No. 83 Red Bull Cheever Racing Toyota-powered entry logged over 100 laps on both the 1.45-mile Sebring road-course and the 1.5-mile Homestead oval.
"Patrick completed two very successful testing sessions," said team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. "He had the opportunity to learn how an IndyCar performs on both a road course and an oval and accumulated lots of important data to analyze over the winter."
Canadian-born Carpentier was ecstatic about his first oval test in an IndyCar.
"I can't believe how fast the car was at Homestead," Carpentier said. "I've driven on ovals before in ChampCar, but it was even more exciting in an IndyCar. I'm sure it will be different racing with a big pack of cars, but it was still a great experience. I can't imagine what it will be like at a track like Richmond where it's only three-fourths of a mile. It must be crazy!"
Teammate Alex Barron in the No. 51 Toyota-powered machine also participated in the road-course test at Sebring and attended the Homestead test.
The first open test of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series 2005 season takes place January 18 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.