IRL: Milwaukee: Patrick Carpentier race report

PATRICK CARPENTIER FINISHES SEVENTH AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE Montreal, Sunday, July 24, 2005 - Patrick Carpentier finished seventh in Round 10 of the Indy Racing League Indy Car Series held Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile. Starting 14th, the Red Bull...

PATRICK CARPENTIER FINISHES SEVENTH AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE

Montreal, Sunday, July 24, 2005 - Patrick Carpentier finished seventh in Round 10 of the Indy Racing League Indy Car Series held Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile. Starting 14th, the Red Bull Cheever Racing driver quickly earned four spots to settle in 10th place. However, the very fast pace set by the leaders early in the event cost him one circuit on lap 54. After the first round of pit stops, the Canadian driver managed to keep the pace. Carpentier gained three more positions in the second half of the race following three separate incidents involving some of the race leaders. He completed 224 of the 225-lap race. So far this season, Carpentier has finished six times in the Top-9.

Polesitter Sam Hornish Jr., of the United States, won a hard-fought battle against Dario Franchitti of Scotland in the final eight laps of the event to win his second race of the season, the 14th of his IRL career. Hornish crossed the finish line only 0.3836 seconds ahead of Franchitti, while third place went to South African Tomas Scheckter who finished 0.6502 seconds back of the winner. Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon, the Andretti-Green teammates of Franchitti, respectively finished fourth and fifth. The win by Team Penske was a bit overshadowed by the fact that Hornish tangled with his teammate Helio Castroneves while fighting for second place on lap 171. After lengthy repairs, Castroneves came back to finish 16th, 19 laps down on the winner.

American Bryan Herta, who finished sixth, was the last driver on the lead lap. Alex Barron, finished eighth behind his teammate Carpentier. As for Danica Patrick, she was running in sixth place when the rear of her car let go on lap 127. She came out unhurt after hitting the cement wall.

"I'm happy with this seventh place," said Carpentier. "I had a great start, passing several cars. But, it's unfortunate that the first caution (for debris on the track) was not called three laps earlier, before the leader passed me. I would have been able to stay on the lead lap. The start of the race was run at an unbelievable pace. Everyone was at the limit, and that makes the cars hard to control. Under these conditions, you never know when the car is going to snap. I kept it on the track, so I will take this seventh place and go to Michigan. This is where I won my first Champ Car race, so it will be a thrill to go back there. Even if it is a superspeedway, Cheever Racing should be competitive because Toyota and Mecachrome announced more improvements for the engine and the car."

In the provisional standings, Wheldon still leads the standings with 377 points. His teammate Dario Franchitti moved into a second place tie with race winner Sam Hornish Jr. Each driver has 309 points, three more than Tony Kanaan who falls from second to fourth. Helio Castroneves is fifth with 274 points. As for Carpentier, he is still in 10th place with 227 points.

The 10th season of IRL IndyCar competition continues with the Michigan Indy 400 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) next Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway. Round 11 will be broadcast live on ABC on July 31. Buddy Rice is the defending race champion.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick
Teams Team Penske