WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- What started as a great weekend for the Red Bull Cheever Racing team at Watkins Glen International Raceway was interrupted by a streak of bad luck during today's Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix. The race started with Patrick...
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- What started as a great weekend for the Red Bull Cheever Racing team at Watkins Glen International Raceway was interrupted by a streak of bad luck during today's Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix.
The race started with Patrick Carpentier in third and Alex Barron in 13th, but Carpentier moved into second by the time he hit the first turn. He continued to run in the lead pack throughout the race and even ran the second fastest lap of the day. During the heart of the race, the #83 car was holding steady in fourth with no one threatening before it lost fifth gear with 10 laps to go. Carpentier was able to keep the car on the track with reduced power, but a yellow on lap 54 let the field catch up and several cars were able to get by him on the restart. Nonetheless, he was able to complete the race and brought home a 10th-place finish. The result is his 11th top 10 of the season and enables him to maintain his series lead in the number of race laps completed.
"We had a car that was much better than a tenth place finish. Overall the weekend has been great. We had gear shifting problems the entire race. It was a lot of work, and it got a lot worse just before that last yellow. It was not going into fifth gear. I just couldn't hold on to that fourth place once all the cars were packed together. But, I am happy. You look and see where we are coming from and where we are going. There were four of five guys at the front that were clearly leading the field today and we were a part of that. So, overall it's not that bad," Carpentier said.
Barron held steady in the middle of the field for a majority of the race before his car spun while taking a corner on lap 54. The #51 car was safe, but the incident brought out a yellow, and dropped him to the back of the field. He finished the race in 17th position.
"It was a long day for us. Nothing seemed to click once the race started. I'm not quite sure what it was, but we just need to go back and look at the data to see why we weren't quick, especially at the beginning of our stints. I was sliding around quite a bit, and had a couple of long slides on restarts. We had a bit of a problem early making a wing adjustment during our first stop, and I spun late. We're just going to have to put this one behind us, and look to finish strong at California," Barron said.
The race results change the IndyCar Series standings slightly. Carpentier moves up one position into a tie for ninth position. Barron remains in 11th position, but is now tied with Danica Patrick.
The team will now get an extended break before the last race of the season at California Speedway. The Toyota Indy 400 will take place on Sunday, Oct. 16 and will be broadcast live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET.