IRL: Phoenix: Patrick Carpentier Friday report

CARPENTIER MISSES QUALIFYING AT PHOENIX Avondale, Arizona, Friday, March 18, 2005 - Patrick Carpentier missed the only qualifying session for Round 2 of the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series schedule following an ...

CARPENTIER MISSES QUALIFYING AT PHOENIX

Avondale, Arizona, Friday, March 18, 2005 - Patrick Carpentier missed the only qualifying session for Round 2 of the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series schedule following an accident during the second practice session held Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. The Red Bull Cheever Racing driver suffered rib injuries when the rear of his Dallara-Toyota took off before hitting the energy-absorbing SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction system) barrier covering the cement wall. Carpentier traveled to a local hospital for x-rays before being cleared by medical staff to return to the track where he met his engineers.

The Canadian driver was disappointed with the outcome, as he will for the second time in two races, start from the back of the grid. Two other drivers, Tony Kanaan and Paul Dana, did not make qualifying attempts, and Carpentier will start 20th alongside Ed Carpenter, whom he replaced at Cheever Racing.

''The left side of my rib cage was hit by a piece of the brake system that came lose when I hit the wall,'' said Carpentier who was cleared by the IRL medical to start the race. ''The team put a neutral set-up on the car and it did not work. The rear end came loose. This situation changes everything because I was hoping to start mid-grid. Now, I'm back of the pack again. I will have to be patient, but I cannot afford to lose a lap to the leaders early in the race. It's a tall order for such a short track. But, we never know what can happen in a race. I must bring the car back in one piece and score as many points as I can. At least, this is what I'm hoping for.''

Bryan Herta won his first-ever IRL pole, lapping the one-mile oval track in 20.3837 seconds (284.229 km/h) to edge the Dallara-Honda of his Andretti-Green teammate Dan Wheldon (20.3985 s) by only 0.0158 second. Helio Castroneves placed his Team Penske Dallara Toyota in third place with a lap time of 20.4451 seconds. He will share the second row with the Dallara-Chevrolet of South African Tomas Scheckter, who rounded the oval track in 20.4466 seconds. Each of the three engine manufacturers placed a car in the first two rows. Dario Franchitti of Scotland and Sam Hornish Jr. of the United States will fill row three.

Drivers return to track on Saturday morning for a 30-minute warm-up session. The green flag for Round 2 of the 2005 season, a 200-lap race, is schedule to be dropped at 3 p.m. EDT.

The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 Presented by Argent Mortgage on Saturday, March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway. The race will be broadcast live by TSN at 3 p.m.

-mdo-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Paul Dana , Ed Carpenter , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske