IRL: Michigan: Cheever Racing preview

Winning Ways Alex Barron defends his famous "spin and win" title this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Last year Alex took the checkered flag after causing his own yellow when his car spun with 36 laps to go in the race. The win was...

Winning Ways

Alex Barron defends his famous "spin and win" title this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Last year Alex took the checkered flag after causing his own yellow when his car spun with 36 laps to go in the race. The win was his second career victory in the Indy Racing League.

So What Are They Saying About Michigan

Ed Carpenter:
"I am really looking forward to getting back up to Michigan. We tested up there and I felt very comfortable on the track. This will be my third visit there, since I ran there twice in the Infiniti Pro Series. It is going to be a big race for Chevy, since Detroit is so close. I'm looking forward to a good run on race day."

Alex Barron:
"I have some great memories from last season at Michigan. The win created a lot of publicity and I think it has had a big influence on where I'm at in the 2004 season. We had a great test there and it will be good to go back there with a lot of confidence."

Alex and Ed visit Riley Children's Hospital

On Wednesday Alex and Ed went to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis to host "Brickyard" Bingo. The game took place on a closed circuit television throughout the entire hospital so that all of the children could play in their rooms and have the chance to win a beanie baby prize.

Ed's Cutting Edge Seat

Ed Carpenter is one of the first IndyCar driver's to use a new race seat made of Creasorb. The seat is designed to absorb and give under impact, and then return to its initial shape and integrity. Current race seats in the IRL absorb on initial impact, but compact as it happens, which causes a loss in the absorption properties if there is a second impact. Instead of a driver being fit for several seats throughout a season, their favorite seat is scanned with a laser program, and the data is kept and reused for every seat made. Therefore, it's always perfectly replicating their favorite seat.

Racing Roots

Max Jones, managing director for Red Bull Cheever Racing, is returning home to Michigan this weekend. Before coming over to the IRL in 2002, Jones spent 11 years managing Roush Racing, in which he led the team to 52 wins and 5 NASCAR Truck Series championships.

History at Michigan

This weekend's Michigan Indy 400 will be Alex's fifth time racing at Michigan International Speedway. Before last year's win, Barron had raced at MIS twice in both IRL and CART. Teammate Carpenter will attempt his first IndyCar race at MIS, but has experienced the track in both the Menards Infiniti Pro Series and during IndyCar testing.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Max Jones , Ed Carpenter