IRL: Indy 500: Carpenter, Barron Opening Day summary

Speedway, IN (May 9, 2004) -- Opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought plenty of sunshine, crowds of race fans, and Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams on track preparing for the 88th Indianapolis 500. Over the course of the...

Speedway, IN (May 9, 2004) -- Opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought plenty of sunshine, crowds of race fans, and Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams on track preparing for the 88th Indianapolis 500.

Over the course of the next two weeks, IndyCar Series drivers will log more than 70 hours of track time before the Indianapolis 500. There will be seven-hour track practice windows from May 10-14 to get the right setup for Pole Day Qualifying on Saturday, May 15.

Red Bull Cheever Racing made efficient use of their first day of practice, working on qualifying setup and dampers with both the No. 51 and No. 52 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone entries.

Rookie Ed Carpenter and his No. 52 crew led by crew chief Tom Vasi earned the 7th fastest position of the day on the 2.5-mile speedway with a 41.3973sec, 217.405mph lap time.

"The heat today is much more intense than when we ran at the open test, so we had to make a lot of adjustments in the car," Carpenter said. "Our focus right now is to work on setups in different track conditions and prepare for qualifying on Saturday."

Veteran teammate Alex Barron and his No. 51 crew led by crew chief Craig McCain lapped the track at 41.5353 sec, 216.683mph, finishing the day in 14th position on the speed charts.

"After our accident during testing two weeks ago we had to put together a completely new car," said Alex Barron. "We spent the first part of the day running different setups and making sure all the sensors in our car were working correctly."

Red Bull Cheever Racing wrapped up their first day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will head to the track tomorrow to prepare for the second day of on-track activity scheduled from 11am -- 6pm.

-rbcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter