IRL: Chicagoland: Cheever Racing Saturday report

Joliet, IL (September 11, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing demonstrated at Chicagoland Speedway that teamwork pays off. With identical setups, Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter lapped the 1.5-mile oval at the same speed of 211.325mph. "It's pretty ...

Joliet, IL (September 11, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing demonstrated at Chicagoland Speedway that teamwork pays off. With identical setups, Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter lapped the 1.5-mile oval at the same speed of 211.325mph.

"It's pretty amazing the progress our team has made with both engineers working together and sharing information, both drivers communicating regularly, and both sets of crew guys on the same page," said team manager Max Jones. "We're one big team with two separate cars, but when we work together we have so much more to gain."

Alex Barron in the No. 51 Chevy-powered machine was second to qualify and posted a competitive time from the start. The Indy Racing League IndyCar Series has raced on five 1.5-mile ovals so far this year, giving drivers plenty of practice tackling similar tracks.

"We made a small change to the car for qualifying and ran about the same lap times as we did in practice today," Barron said of his 15th place qualifying. "For the race tomorrow, we'll just have to try to hang on to the lead draft and make sure we don't have any incidents on the track. This track's known for having some close calls, so we'll keep on our toes, have good pit stops and we should be right there at the end of the race."

Fourteenth out to qualify in the 22-car field, Ed Carpenter ran identical lap times to his teammate and was the fastest qualifying rookie in 16th position.

"It's kind of funny how things worked out, but when you're running identical setups it's bound to happen," 23-year old Carpenter said. "It would have been nice if we were both faster, but we were consistent with our practice sessions from this weekend. Our race cars will be very similar too, so we'll try to hang on to the front pack and not get lost in traffic."

Final practice takes place this afternoon at 6:15pm (EDT), while the Delphi Indy 300 is set for tomorrow at 1:30 pm (EDT).

-cr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Max Jones , Ed Carpenter