Sears Point: Patrick Carpentier preview

Patrick Carpentier doesn't consider himself a road course ace. But just about everyone else does. And for good reason. In both the Cup and Nationwide Series the 36-year-old has two top-10 finishes in only four road course starts. This weekend...

Patrick Carpentier doesn't consider himself a road course ace. But just about everyone else does.

And for good reason.

In both the Cup and Nationwide Series the 36-year-old has two top-10 finishes in only four road course starts. This weekend at Infineon Raceway he looks to add to that already impressive streak behind the wheel of the Valvoline Dodge.

"I like racing at any track but I prefer ovals, Carpentier explained. "Road racing is fun, it's just a different kind of animal. In the years I spent in open-wheel I learned a lot on the aspects of road racing. But driving a stock car on a road course is quite the chore. With all the weight that's involved in slowing down a 3,400 pound stock car it can really wear your brakes out."

PATRICK CARPENTIER:

ON ROAD RACING "I like racing at any track but I prefer ovals. Road racing is fun, it's just a different kind of animal. In the years I spent in open-wheel I learned a lot on the aspects of road racing. But driving a stock car on a road course is quite the chore. With all the weight that's involved in slowing down a 3,400 pound stock car it can really wear your brakes out."

"It will be fun to have Valvoline back on the car this week. I hope we can get a strong finish for them. The entire team is ready for this weekend.

"But we're still going to have to qualify on time. Just because it's a road course doesn't mean it will be easy for us. With 11 corners instead of the usual four, you'll have to focus even harder on qualifying. And that's seven more corners you can screw up on. So keeping your concentration will be a big key."

ANY ROAD RACING SECRETS YOU WANT TO GIVE OUT? "Not really. But it's just a certain feel you have. You need to be smooth. Figure out how to best rotate the car through the corners. Learning when and where you need to get on and off the brakes is crucial. There is a lot of time to be made up if you can enter the corners correctly."

Chassis

* Carpentier will be driving chassis No. 246. 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