IRL: Pikes Peak: Cheever Racing race report

FOUNTAIN, Co. -- It was a race full of green flag action today at Pikes Peak International Raceway for the Honda Indy 225. Despite great separation within the field, the team came away with a top-10 finish for the sixth time in the last seven ...

FOUNTAIN, Co. -- It was a race full of green flag action today at Pikes Peak International Raceway for the Honda Indy 225. Despite great separation within the field, the team came away with a top-10 finish for the sixth time in the last seven races.

Patrick Carpentier started the race in 17th position, but didn't waste any time in moving up through the field. The Canadian picked up a couple spots in the first five laps, and continued to chip away as the race went on. With some quick work in the pits by the #83 crew, Carpentier finished the race in 10th place. This marks his eighth top 10 in 13 races this season and continues his IndyCar Series lead in laps completed.

"At the beginning of the race the car was sliding around like crazy. We made a tire pressure adjustment in the first pit stop and the car was a lot better. The car was fast after that. The Red Bull Cheever Racing crew did a good job in the pits today. We are still in tenth place in the championship and if we can finish up there it would be good," Carpentier said.

Alex Barron's day started with the team making the decision to change engines after the morning practice session. This move forced the #51 car to begin the race from the back of the grid, but the team thought that a new Toyota engine might give them the power that eluded them all weekend. The new motor proved to be more powerful, and Barron was able to battle forward in the field before taking the checkered flag in 18th position.

"Obviously we're a little disappointed with today's result. We tried just about everything we could think of this weekend to make the #51 car faster, but we just couldn't get it. We changed a motor, and that seemed to make us a little faster, but the leaders came around on us quickly, which put us a lap down. We struggled with grip a little bit too. Overall, it wasn't a great day for us. All we can do now is look ahead to the next race at Infineon where I think we can do well. Both Pat and I tested well there, so we think we can go there and be very competitive," Barron said.

Team owner, Eddie Cheever Jr. has been pleased with his team's effort so far this season despite struggling to keep up with the leaders in terms of speed on the track.

"All the things that are in our control: reliability, pit stops and keeping the drivers focused have been very successful this year. We are working better and better with Toyota on using their engineering but unfortunately we are with Toyota in a difficult year. I think a measure of how we have done is how we compare to Ganassi's team who has also struggled under difficult circumstances this season," Cheever said.

With the finishes, Carpentier holds onto 10th position in the IndyCar Series standings, while Barron drops one position to 12th.

There's no time to rest for the team, as they'll be back in action next weekend at Infineon Raceway in California for the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix. The race will be the first IndyCar Series race on a permanent road coarse. Practice begins on Thursday, and the race will be broadcast live on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Red Bull Cheever Racing Visits Cisco HQ

On the way to Infineon Raceway, Red Bull Cheever Racing will stop by the corporate headquarters of Cisco Systems, Inc., in San Jose, Calif., to give a live pit stop demonstration to company employees. The Wednesday, Aug. 24th event also will showcase the latest technology being developed in the IRL IndyCar Series as a result of the alliance between Red Bull Cheever Racing and Cisco. Red Bull Cheever Racing utilizes high-tech applications of Cisco wireless and voice over internet technology for the team's engineering and strategy efforts.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron