Pocono: Patrick Carpentier preview

Pocono Raceway is another new track for Charter Dodge driver Patrick Carpentier to learn as the open wheel veteran but NASCAR rookie makes the transition to Sprint Cup Racing. The learning curve will be steep when the Canadian tackles the...

Pocono Raceway is another new track for Charter Dodge driver Patrick Carpentier to learn as the open wheel veteran but NASCAR rookie makes the transition to Sprint Cup Racing. The learning curve will be steep when the Canadian tackles the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped Pennsylvania track. Each week he battles drivers who have raced stock cars for years on the NASCAR tracks he is visiting for the first time. Phoenix is the only track in 2008 where Carpentier has began a race with any Cup or Nationwide racing experience.

But that will soon change.

"I'm anxious to get the month of June under my belt," he explained. "After June is through we'll head into July and then we'll start heading back to tracks for a second time. That is when we hope to get the Charter Dodge some stronger finishes."

Carpentier posted the third quickest time in testing last week at Pocono.

DRIVER PATRICK CARPENTIER QUOTES:

"I'm anxious to get the month of June under my belt. After June is through we'll head into July and then we'll start going back to tracks for a second time. That is when we hope to get the Charter Dodge some stronger finishes."

"It's going to be a real change for me come into the race weekend already knowing the tracks and the lines. That's not a luxury I've had much this season. But I did learn a lot at Dover last weekend about what line to run the car depending on how it's handling. So that's a step in the right direction.

"Pocono will be fun. It's such a big track. I'm glad we're racing there so close to the test. It will keep my mind fresh about it. Getting a strong run off of turn three is going to be very important. You have to be able to carry a lot of speed down the frontstretch and turn three is the key in doing that.

"I'm learning more and more every week, and not just about the car, also about the tracks. It's a process that takes time and I have to be patient, even though that's not always easy. But I think we're getting there.

"We knew in my first year that there would be some ups and downs, and that's been the case. But we've made every race that we've had a chance to qualify for, which was our goal this season. Now we need to continue with that trend and start finishing higher."

Chassis

* Carpentier will be driving chassis No. 246. It's the chassis that tested at Pocono last weekend. Backup is No. 218.

-credit: gem

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Patrick Carpentier