IRL: Indy 500: Carpenter, Barron day 11 summary

Speedway, IN (May 21, 2004) -- Red Bull Cheever Racing spent most of the day gearing up the 51T and 52 cars for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500. As temperatures nearly hit 90 degrees the team prepared for a long day. "With the weather...

Speedway, IN (May 21, 2004) -- Red Bull Cheever Racing spent most of the day gearing up the 51T and 52 cars for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500. As temperatures nearly hit 90 degrees the team prepared for a long day.

"With the weather being hot and humid it allowed for extreme conditions, in terms of grip," Alex Barron said.

Of the 26 drivers who circled the 2.5-mile track today Ed Carpenter out distanced all but two. Carpenter ran his Chevy-powered No. 52 car 102 times around the historic track, while teammate Alex Barron completed 79 laps today in his No. 51T car.

Carpenter finished the day with the 11th fastest lap at 215.820 mph and Barron finished with the 14th best time at 215.592mph.

"I feel like we're getting really close. Today was a perfect day to run since the weather was so hot and greasy," said 23-year-old Carpenter. "The conditions, as far as making the car handle, were not that good, but they really helped because it will make it that much easier when the weather is not so hot and humid."

The team really tried to focus its efforts for race day, as it spent most of the two practice sessions focusing on running in traffic and on quick start times coming out of the pits.

Team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. seemed very pleased with the effort his team put out today.

"We ran a lot of laps today with Ed in traffic and he is learning a lot," Cheever said. "Alex is working a lot on his race-setup and he seems really optimistic about getting it complete."

Both drivers logged many laps on their Chevy-powered engines today.

Barron of Menifee, CA said, "We stopped early today due to the mileage we put on the motors."

You can catch more action from Red Bull Cheever Racing tomorrow at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practice times are from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 2:30 to 6 p.m (CDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter