IRL: Michigan: Cheever Racing race report

Brooklyn, MI (August 1, 2004) The 400-mile endurance race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) was not rough enough to stop Red Bull Cheever Racing's Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter from earning a second consecutive weekend of solid points at the...

Brooklyn, MI (August 1, 2004) The 400-mile endurance race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) was not rough enough to stop Red Bull Cheever Racing's Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter from earning a second consecutive weekend of solid points at the Michigan Indy 400.

Alex Barron was just shy of a 10th place finish in his No. 51 Chevy-powered Dallara. He stayed strong through the 200-lap race and crossed the finish line as the second quickest Chevy powered entry in 11th position.

"When we started off the race we immediately lost the draft," Barron explained. "Overall, my car had a really good balance and was good in traffic, but we just couldn't keep up with the front pack. We missed our race setup by a little bit, but were able to fix things throughout our pit stops."

Barron was the defending race winner from last year where he beat Sam Hornish Jr. to the finish line by a mere 0.0121 seconds, which set a new record as the closest open wheel finish in MIS history.

"By the end of the race my car was running great, but we were still pretty far behind," Barron said. "It's not a race win like last year, but its still good points for the team."

Rookie teammate Ed Carpenter crossed the finish line on the 2-mile oval in 14th position out of the 22-car field.

"It was a really long day," Carpenter said upon exiting the car. "We were struggling quite a bit throughout the whole race and kept getting lost in traffic, but we stuck with it and kept digging."

Today's race marked the second consecutive finish for the No. 52 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, after last weekend's 11th place finish at The Milwaukee Mile.

"We initially put too much downforce on the car and had to keep making changes when we came into the pits," the Indianapolis native said. "Our main goal was to finish the race and get some points, so we accomplished that."

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams have a weekend off before heading to Kentucky Motor Speedway on August 15th.

-rbcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter