Daytona 24: Patrick Carpentier preview

Carpentier to make his 2006 Racing debut with Cheever Racing at the Rolex 24 Montreal (January 25, 2006) - Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier will make his 2006 racing debut this weekend with Cheever Racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The...

Carpentier to make his 2006 Racing debut with Cheever Racing at the Rolex 24

Montreal (January 25, 2006) - Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier will make his 2006 racing debut this weekend with Cheever Racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Canadian driver joined Cheever Racing last December to drive in the opening round of the 2006 Grand Am Rolex Series at Daytona. Carpentier will share the No. 39 Cheever Racing Lexus Crawford with team owner Eddie Cheever Jr. and Brazilian Christian Fittipaldi. Fittipaldi made the transition to Grand Am a few years ago following a career in Formula One and Champ Car. As for Cheever, he also raced in Formula One, Champ Car and IRL before becoming a team owner in both IRL and the Rolex Grand Am Series.

"I like this type of car," said Patrick who drove for Cheever Racing's IndyCar Series team in 2005. "There are still a lot things for me to learn about the car, but a 24-hour race is almost half a season of single-seater racing. We are only one of two teams to run the Crawford chassis with a Lexus engine, so there are still things to improve before the car becomes very competitive. Lexus has worked extensively on the engine package to give us more top-end speed, something we lacked during our last test session in early January. We want to be competitive and win this race, but this is a 24-hour race. Anything can happen."

"Official testing begins Thursday morning and Christian (Fittipaldi) should qualify the car during the afternoon only session. Eddie (Cheever) knows that Christian has the most experience with this type of cars and he is the most qualified to do the work."

Carpentier will add a new chapter to his racing history by participating in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, North America's premier endurance race. Carpentier will be testing the 3.56-mile Daytona International Raceway road circuit for the third time on Thursday.

The 44th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona is run Jan. 26-29 at Daytona International Raceway. Drivers will be on track on Thursday morning for two sessions. Qualifying for the Daytona 24 Hours will start Thursday at 3:45 p.m. A news bulletin will follow qualifying.

The green flag for the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be waved at noon on Saturday January 28.

-pcr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi