For the third time in four races, Red Bull Cheever Racing placed a car in the top 10. Today, the race was doubly successful with both Alex Barron and Patrick Carpentier putting their cars in the top 10 in the ABC Supply Company AJ Foyt 225 at The...
For the third time in four races, Red Bull Cheever Racing placed a car in the top 10. Today, the race was doubly successful with both Alex Barron and Patrick Carpentier putting their cars in the top 10 in the ABC Supply Company AJ Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Patrick Carpentier started the race 14th, but didn't waste any time moving up in the field. He picked up three spots on the first lap, and continued his charge to seventh when the checkered flag dropped. This finish was his third top 10 in four races, and extends his series lead in laps completed.
"The car was fast, and I think we were pretty close to what the leaders were running. Starting from 14th, we had some problems at the beginning, which cost us a little bit. When you can stick with the leaders, it's a lot easier to stick with them at the end. We lost a lap early, and we couldn't find a way to get it back. Overall, I'm pleased with the result, though. The team is definitely getting better and better, and we need to keep working," Carpentier said.
Initially, Barron slipped a few spots in the #51 car before fighting back and bringing home an eighth place finish. Overall, he was pleased with the result after running strong all weekend and earning his season best starting position of seventh.
"We ran a really strong race. The car at the beginning of the race had some understeer, but as the race went on we got faster. I think the most important thing at the end of the day is that we moved up in points. The team put forth a lot of effort this weekend and I think it showed," Barron said.
The finish moves Barron up two spots in points to 12th. Carpentier remains at 10th, but moved closer to a pack of drivers just ahead of him.
Team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. also was pleased with the team's performance at Milwaukee and its overall direction heading into next weekend's race.
"We had a rough start to the race or we would have finished fourth or fifth. After the initial problems, we ran really strong, though. We've really made a lot of progress over the last month, and I'm looking forward to Michigan," Cheever said.
The team will return to the track next weekend for its third consecutive weekend of action. The Firestone Indy 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, July 31 will be broadcast live on ABC at 3 p.m. ET.