Kansas City, Kan. (July 3, 2005) -- The Red Bull Cheever Racing team did everything in its power during the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway to bring home another pair of top 10s, but fell just short during the final laps of the ...
Kansas City, Kan. (July 3, 2005) -- The Red Bull Cheever Racing team did everything in its power during the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway to bring home another pair of top 10s, but fell just short during the final laps of the race.
Both Alex Barron and Patrick Carpentier started the race moving up the field with Carpentier picking up three spots within the first three laps, which put him 16th. Both cars proceeded to move steadily up the field and by lap 142 both drivers were in the top ten with the #83 car in eighth and the #51 car in ninth. However, fuel strategies came in to play down the stretch with only three yellows during the race. This left the duo battling each other at the end for 13th and 14th position. When the dust settled, Barron just edged his teammate coming away with 13th.
"We ran a really clean race with good pit stops and no real problems out on the track. The car was good, but we just couldn't find the power we needed. We had a great run a little more than half way through the race where we moved up some spots, but we just couldn't hold on. We also were playing with our fuel strategy, but it went green to the end, so it didn't hurt us or help us. Overall, I think we worked way too hard this weekend to end up 13th," Barron said.
Carpentier kept battling until the end. He was in seventh with 11 laps to go, but the team's fuel strategy forced him to come in when there were no yellow flags after lap 139. This drop in position left him disappointed with his 14th-place finish after battling all day to climb his way toward the front.
"We struggled today with finding the speed we needed. There was one point midway through the race where the car was pretty good and I was able to get by some guys. They were lifting and I was able to pass them but I wasn't able to stay with them. It's frustrating after the weekend we had in Richmond, where it was so much fun to drive. The guys did great pit stops and we did the best we could with what we had in the car," Carpentier said.
Overall, team owner, Eddie Cheever Jr. was happy with his team's effort, which resulted in a clean race, but also a bit puzzled by the fact that the effort didn't result in a better finish.
"We obviously did better in the race than qualifying with the quality of our drivers and our pit stops. We are still lacking a lot of speed on these mile and a half ovals. It is still baffling for us. We continue to work very close with the Toyota engineers to figure it out. We made the best out of what we had," Cheever said.
After a busy couple of weeks, the Red Bull Cheever Racing team now has a week off before heading to Nashville for the Firestone Indy 200. The race will air live on ESPN on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET. During the off weekend, Patrick Carpentier will be featured on "The Fast Life" on ESPN2. The show, which gives viewers an inside look at drivers away from the track, will air on Sunday, July 10 at noon ET.