Fort Worth, TX (October 17, 2004) Both Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers ended their 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season on a disappointing note at the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The first incident took place on lap 4 when rookie...
Fort Worth, TX (October 17, 2004) Both Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers ended their 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season on a disappointing note at the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The first incident took place on lap 4 when rookie Ed Carpenter's No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing entry made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2.
"I was just trying to work my way forward, running the high groove," Carpenter explained. "The car felt really good. I had a lot of confidence going, just running around the top. The 24 car just came across my nose, and I lost the front of my car and went straight into the wall. We were just trying to go to the front. I don't think I was being over-aggressive. It's just the way it happens."
Teammate Alex Barron was having an impressive run and had moved into fifth position on a restart before being collected by Dario Franchitti who spun in front of him on lap 185. Barron's car was propelled into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 4 before sliding down the frontstretch with heavy damage. The Delphi IRL Safety Team assisted Barron from the car.
"I was running really hard after the restart and trying to get up into the lead pack," Barron explained. "Next thing I knew, Franchitti was spinning in front of me and caught me along with him. I hit the wall pretty hard and traveled down the front straight for awhile. When the car stopped I was conscious, but my whole body was tingling and I wasn't sure if there was anything broken. I think I was still in shock from the hit."
Barron was transported via ground to Harris Methodist Medical Center in Fort Worth for further evaluation. After being released with a minor concussion and a chipped tibia in the left foot, Barron was flown to Indianapolis to undergo further testing on Monday.
"I feel ok," Barron said upon arriving in Indianapolis. "I'm a little bit sore and have a good gash in my hand, but other than that I'm pretty lucky to be able to just walk away. I'll see some doctors in Indy tomorrow to do a follow-up and make sure everything's ok. It's disappointing to end my season this way though."
Both Barron and Carpenter carried a one-ounce American Eagle silver dollar in their pocket during the Chevy 500. The coins will be melted and used to make a thin silver veneer on die cast cars with profits from sales going to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.