IRL: Fontana: Cheever Racing preview

Fontana, CA (September 29, 2004) -- Alex Barron considers California Speedway his home track. That's what makes this weekend so special for him. When Barron suits up for Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series race at California Speedway, he'll be racing in...

Fontana, CA (September 29, 2004) -- Alex Barron considers California Speedway his home track. That's what makes this weekend so special for him.

When Barron suits up for Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series race at California Speedway, he'll be racing in front of family and friends who have made the short trip from Menifee, Calif., where Barron resides. A native of southern California, Barron has competed at California Speedway every year since 1998; the two-mile super speedway opened in 1997.

"This is the closest track to my home," Barron said. "My family and friends come to the track, and I've raced here every year in my Indy-car career. I've always been able to run well here, so I'm looking forward to it."

In his six races at California Speedway, Barron has finished among the top 10 three times. In his best finish at the track, Barron came home eighth in a CART race in 2000 while driving for Dale Coyne Racing. The following year, he finished ninth in a CART race at California while competing for Blair Racing.

Last year, in his first race at California for Red Bull Cheever Racing, Barron finished 10th in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Chevrolet-powered Dallara.

"I'm excited about our chances in this race," Barron said. "We've been making steady progress this season, and we seem to do pretty well at the larger tracks. Everyone is looking forward to improving on our finish here last year."

Barron and RBCR teammate Ed Carpenter took part in a test of road-course equipment Sept. 22-23 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The IRL IndyCar Series has scheduled three events on road and street courses for the 2005 season -- St. Petersburg, Fla.; Watkins Glen International; and Infineon Raceway.

"My background is in road-course racing," said Barron, noting his three national championships in karts, experience in Formula 2000 and his 1997 championship in Toyota Atlantic. "It's a thrill for me to get back to that. It adds so much to the series. I don't know anybody who isn't excited about this change."

Barron is currently 12th in the IndyCar Series standings -- the top Chevrolet this season -- while Carpenter is 16th. After Sunday's race at Fontana, the season concludes Oct. 17 with the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

"Our goal is to finish the year with the best possible results," Barron said. "We've been making steady progress all season, but we want to end the season on a positive note."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Dale Coyne , Ed Carpenter
Teams Dale Coyne Racing