IRL: Nashville: Cheever Racing preview

Winning Ways Alex Barron holds fond memories of Nashville Superspeedway, and why wouldn't he? Barron enjoyed his first IndyCar win at Nashville in 2002, and in 2003 secured another top-five finish. Look for Alex to be driving the No. 51 Red Bull...

Winning Ways
Alex Barron holds fond memories of Nashville Superspeedway, and why wouldn't he? Barron enjoyed his first IndyCar win at Nashville in 2002, and in 2003 secured another top-five finish. Look for Alex to be driving the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing car up front at his lucky track where he's looking to become the first two-time winner of the Firestone Indy 200.

Ed's Traveling Circus
Red Bull Cheever Racing's Ed Carpenter does more than just drive his Chevy-powered No. 52 car on race weekends. The IRL rookie has already driven his motor home to Kansas City, Texas, and Richmond. His cargo consists of his sister, girlfriend, and two dogs.

Can't Get Enough of Racing
Alex and Ed can't get enough of racing. During his week off, Alex was in Willow Springs, CA teaching celebrities how to go-kart as part of an event put on by JM Racing, the team that Alex grew up the karting ranks with. Teammate Ed has been perfecting his karting skills and turning right at New Castle Motorsports Park, owned by former IndyCar driver Mark Dismore.

Ed Visits His Roots
Ed signed autographs at the Gasoline Alley Nationals Quarter Midget Racing event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last Friday. The 23-year old Indianapolis resident began racing quarter midgets at the age of 8 before graduating into USAC, the Infiniti Pro Series and now the Indy Racing League. Carpenter is in his rookie season of the IRL driving for the Chevy-powered Red Bull Cheever Racing machine.

Manufacturer's Test at Michigan
GM Racing conducted a one-day manufacturer's test at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming Michigan Indy 400 on August 1. Barron and Carpenter were among the Chevy drivers who participated in the closed test with their Chevrolet-powered Dallaras.

So What Are They Saying About Nashville?

Ed Carpenter
"Compared to Kansas and Texas, you have a lot more to gain at Nashville from car handling than from speed. It's the only concrete track we race on, so it presents a new challenge for everyone. I've raced there twice in the Infiniti Pro Series, so I have a good idea of what to expect. I'm working really well with my engineering group, and I think it will be a good track for us."

Alex Barron
"Nashville Superspeedway is special for me because it's where I won my first IndyCar race. Since the track is concrete, the grip and setup are really different from the rest of the tracks we run on. The track surface is quite bumpy because the concrete lays in sections, so your car bounces around the track a lot, which can be challenging. Nashville is one of the best tracks for restarts. You'll see a lot of overtakes because you're headed slightly downhill going into turn one. Even better, the race winner gets a one of a kind, hand painted, Gibson guitar."

-cr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Dismore , Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter