IRL: Nazareth: Cheever Racing Friday report

Nazareth, PA (August 27, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing will make history this weekend in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania as the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series marks their 100th event and also the last race at Nazareth Speedway before the ...

Nazareth, PA (August 27, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing will make history this weekend in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania as the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series marks their 100th event and also the last race at Nazareth Speedway before the historic venue is torn down.

Teammates Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter revved their Chevy engines during today's practice sessions for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225 lapping the 1-mile oval at top-speeds of 161.571mph and 158.003mph, respectively.

The No. 51 machine piloted by IndyCar Series veteran Alex Barron wrapped up the combined practice session results in 12th position. Barron has made two previous IndyCar attempts at Nazareth Speedway with a best finish of 6th place in 2002.

"We had a really smooth day," Barron said of his on-track activity. "We showed up with a well-balanced car and just spent the day trying to fine tune. Because of the new rules we have to attack our setup different than when we came here last year. We have a good pit box for the race because we have an open pit box in front of us, so I'm happy about that."

Carpenter, the 23-year old Indianapolis resident, experienced a slight learning curve in his first attempt to master the tricky speedway in IndyCars. Previously, Carpenter has raced in the Sprint and Silvercrown Series at Nazareth.

"I was struggling to get up to speed in the car today," Carpenter said of his 22nd spot in the combined practice session results. "My car was pretty well-balanced, but I think I may have been doing some things that weren't helping the car too much. I'm glad it's a three day event so I have more time to work hard and get things right."

IndyCar drivers will battle it out for 225 laps around the 1-mile oval on Sunday, August 29. The Firestone Indy 225, round 13 of 16 races, will air live on ABC at 2 p.m. (EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter