IRL: Chicagoland: Cheever Racing preview

Weekend of Firsts Chicagoland Speedway is home of two firsts for both Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers. Alex Barron drove his first race for RBCR at the 1.5-mile oval in 2003. Teammate Ed Carpenter drove his first ever IndyCar race at ...

Weekend of Firsts

Chicagoland Speedway is home of two firsts for both Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers. Alex Barron drove his first race for RBCR at the 1.5-mile oval in 2003. Teammate Ed Carpenter drove his first ever IndyCar race at Chicagoland Speedway last year, paving his way to a full-time stint with Eddie Cheever.

Alex Barron:
"Chicago is the first race I started with Red Bull Cheever Racing, so I've been to all the tracks with them now and we know what we're working with. Chicago has exciting photo finishes, but it's usually really hot all race weekend. It's a 2 groove race track with some good passing, so the IndyCars will put on a good show."

Ed Carpenter:
"I had a bad race at Nazareth last weekend, but I've put that behind me and am looking forward to going to Chicago. I have good memories there because it's the first track I raced IndyCars at last year and also the first place I tested an Infiniti Pro Series car. This track means more to me than a lot of the other ones we went to this year because I have history with it. I'm feeling really good about the race there."

Summer Vacation
After a grueling summer of 8 races in 10 weeks, Ed Carpenter barely found a moment to relax, let alone take a vacation. Last weekend on his break from IndyCar racing he jumped at the opportunity to go to Lake Cumberland, TN for a weekend of fun in the sun with friends. His Labor Day weekend was full of cookouts, wakeboarding, and boating.

California Cleaning
When Alex Barron headed back to CA for some much needed R & R, his twin 14-year old daughters couldn't have been more excited to see Dad^ÊThat is, until he put them to work! Kari and Ashley eventually earned their allowance money, but not until they spent many hours cleaning their Temecula, CA home.

Get in the Zone
On Thursday, September 9, Barron and Carpenter join fellow IndyCar Series drivers Fernandez, Giaffone, Rice, Meira, Manning and Matsuura at the ESPN Zone in downtown Chicago for media interviews and a public autograph session to promote this weekend's Delphi Indy 300.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter