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There's no place like home For the first time this season, Alex Barron won't have board an airplane to travel to a race. California Speedway is exactly 40 miles from his home in Menifee, Calif. It will be the seventh time during his high-speed,...

There's no place like home

For the first time this season, Alex Barron won't have board an airplane to travel to a race. California Speedway is exactly 40 miles from his home in Menifee, Calif. It will be the seventh time during his high-speed, open-wheel racing career that he has raced at his home track where he recorded a best finish of eighth in 2000.

Patrick Carpentier also has had significant experience at the two-mile oval having raced there on five previous occasions. During his last race at the track in 2002, he recorded his best finish, third.

The team's take on California Speedway

"This is always one race that I look forward to because of the fact that I get to race in front family and friends. Plus, I've had some really good races there. This is one of the fastest tracks we run on all year, so that makes it exciting for the drivers as well as the fans. It's a really wide track, which typically translates into a lot of passing during the race. Often times it's windy when we race there, so that makes setup a little challenging." -- Alex Barron

"Going into the last race, you always want to run strong, but it's also important to be safe. I've had quite a bit of experience at Fontana, so there really shouldn't be too many surprises. I should have won there a couple of times, but circumstances didn't allow it. I really expect the #83 car to be competitive in the race. Toyota has made some big improvements, and we were able to hang with the leaders on a big track for the first time at Chicago. So, I think we should be able to finish the season on a high note." -- Patrick Carpentier

Carpentier pleased with first IndyCar Series season

Patrick Carpentier doesn't qualify for "Rookie of the Year" honors because of his previous high-speed racing experience, but he has turned in the best results of any of the drivers completing their first season in the IndyCar Series. This year, he has 11 top-10 finishes and three top fives, including two third-place finishes. He also has completed more laps than any other driver, and is ahead in this statistical category by 75 laps. The second half of the season has been especially strong for Carpentier. In the last eight races, he has finished in the top 10 seven times. These are big accomplishments for a driver who is becoming familiar with a new car, new team and many new tracks.

"I'm really happy with what we've been able to accomplish this year. I definitely wasn't expecting a strong finish at the beginning of the year when things weren't going so well for us. We've improved pretty much every race, and I really can't expect more than that. The wins will come in time. The most important thing to me is that I'm having fun. It has been one of the most enjoyable seasons of my career," Carpentier said.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron