Charlotte: Patrick Carpentier preview

While most NASCAR drivers are enjoying their two weeks at home in Charlotte, N.C., Patrick Carpentier has been spending the past 14 days living out of his motorcoach at Lowe's Motor Speedway. But the Las Vegas resident but has been making the most...

While most NASCAR drivers are enjoying their two weeks at home in Charlotte, N.C., Patrick Carpentier has been spending the past 14 days living out of his motorcoach at Lowe's Motor Speedway. But the Las Vegas resident but has been making the most of his stay in the infield.

"I spent Tuesday morning cycling around the track," Carpentier explained. "That was a lot of fun. I was able to take it slow and just look at the different areas around the racetrack. It was a change being at the track and listening to how quiet it was, for once. I really enjoyed it. It's a very different view riding the track on a bike then behind the wheel of the LifeLock Dodge."

Known as NASCAR's longest race, the Coke 600 encompasses 400 laps around the 1.5-mile quad-oval and it's no easy task. Although Patrick Carpentier has never experienced anything of that length in his racing career he thinks cycling can help prepare him for the endurance race.

PATRICK CARPENTIER:

ON PREPARING FOR HIS LONGEST RACE "This is going to be one of the longest events of my racing career. I've been looking forward to this race for a while. I train for it by riding my bicycle. For me, cycling is the best thing. These NASCAR races are so long, especially the Coke 600. Cycling is the best comparison to the physical effects you feel during the race, as far as your heart rate goes. If you can learn to keep it at a steady pace, it will really help your stamina through 600 miles at Charlotte.

"I spent Tuesday morning cycling around the track," Carpentier explained. "That was a lot of fun. I was able to take it slow and just look at the different areas around the racetrack. It was different being at the track and listening to how quiet it was, for once. I really enjoyed it. It's a very different view riding the track on a bike then behind the wheel of the LifeLock Dodge."

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO SPEND THE LAST TWO WEEKS AT HOME HAVE YOU "Nope. I think I'm one of the exceptions this week here in Charlotte. Most of the other drivers live around here and have been able to spend time with their family and sleep in their own beds. Me, I've been staying in my motorhome at Lowe's Motor Speedway. So it's been a little different experience. Since I live in Las Vegas it just made more sense for me to stay here during these two weeks. Plus we had some testing to do in the LifeLock Dodge. I'm excited to see my family though. My wife and children are flying in to watch the Coke 600, so it will be fun.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE SPRINT SHOWDOWN? "Well I learned how to spin a car out in only five laps. But seriously, the team is moving on. If we're going to have an incident like last weekend, I'm grateful it happened in a non-points race. Of course, we wanted to win the million dollars but we're looking at the big picture. We'll rebound and hopefully begin to make headway on the top-35 again. It's going to be a steep climb."

NOTES

Chassis

* Carpentier will be driving chassis No. 232. It last tested at Fontana. The team attempted to make the field for the Fontana race with it but rain washed out qualifying, forcing the No. 10 home early. Backup is No. 218.

- credit: gem

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Patrick Carpentier