Michigan: Patrick Carpentier preview

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend where driver Patrick Carpentier has a wealth of experience. But not in a stock car. The Quebec-native's experience and success on the 2-mile oval came at over...

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend where driver Patrick Carpentier has a wealth of experience.

But not in a stock car.

The Quebec-native's experience and success on the 2-mile oval came at over 200 mph in an open wheel car. In only six starts, Carpentier earned five top-10s and one victory. The victory came with fellow NASCAR rookie Dario Franchitti following in second.

Carpentier relives his victory.

"I couldn't believe it," Carpentier said. "Coming down the last straightaway, I was looking in my mirrors waiting for one of these guys [Franchitti] to come by. But they weren't there.

"I was crying on the lap coming into the pits and managed to stall it on the back straight," he added, laughing. "It's been a long time coming."

Piloting a 3,450-pound stock car with much less downforce his weekend will be a different experience for the NASCAR rookie.

"Michigan will be a welcomed change from some of the tracks we've been racing at recently. It's a place where I have a lot of open wheel experience but absolutely zero experience driving a stock car. But the LifeLock team will be up to the challenge again this weekend. We really want to do well because LifeLock will also be sponsoring the race."

TV and Radio Times: Qualifying is set for Friday at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on SPEED TV and MRN Radio. Race time on Sunday is 2:00 p.m. (ET) on TNT and MRN Radio.

Open Interviews @ 10 hauler: For interested media members Patrick will be available for interviews at 1:10 p.m. on Friday, immediately following first practice.

DRIVER PATRICK CARPENTIER QUOTES:

"I really enjoyed this week. After Pocono I drove up to Montreal with some friends. I always like heading back there and spending time with some of my family and friends. It's such a long NASCAR schedule that any chance I get to have some time away, I'll definitely take it. I think it's the little things like that which help keep you grounded and refreshed in this sport.

"Last week at Pocono you didn't see the finish I felt this team should have had. We cooked our engine too much in qualifying and that put us a little down on power for race conditions. If it weren't for that I think you could have easily seen a top-20 out of this team.

"Michigan will be a welcomed change from some of the tracks we've been racing at recently. It's a place where I have a lot of open wheel experience but absolutely zero experience driving a stock car. But the LifeLock team will be up to the challenge again this weekend. We really want to do well because LifeLock will also be sponsoring the race.

"It's a place where you have a lot of different lines to move around. So however the car is handling you should be able to find a groove on the track to make it work. You'll also carry a lot of rpms around the entire track. It will be important to have a strong engine that can withstand a high level of rpms for 200 laps."

Chassis

* Carpentier will be driving chassis No. 245. Brand new chassis out of the GEM stable. Backup is No. 218.

-credit: gem

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti