IRL: Indy 500: Barron, Carpenter day four summary

Speedway, IN (May 12, 2004) -- Red Bull Cheever Racing steadily improved their pace and earned their quickest laps of the week during the fourth day of practice for the 88th Indianapolis 500. Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams ran a 7-hour...

Speedway, IN (May 12, 2004) -- Red Bull Cheever Racing steadily improved their pace and earned their quickest laps of the week during the fourth day of practice for the 88th Indianapolis 500.

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams ran a 7-hour practice session in preparation for Pole Day on May 15. American teammates Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter both broke 219mph, marking their best practice runs of the week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Despite a minor setback during the afternoon, Barron, the 33-year old California native, posted the second fastest lap for the brigade of Chevrolet drivers with a 41.0308sec, 219.347mph lap time, piloting his No. 51 entry into 11th position on the time charts.

"We were making good progress until about mid-day," Barron said. "Then we started having problems with the car in Turn 3 and had to make a lot of adjustments. When we got back out in the afternoon we had fixed the issue and were able to run some quick laps, but we're still fine tuning for qualifications."

Carpenter, winner of last year's inaugural Menards Infiniti Pro Series Freedom 100, also improved upon yesterday's fast lap driving his No. 52 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone into 12th place as the third quickest Chevy-powered entry with a 41.0601sec, 219.191mph lap time.

"We had a better day than yesterday and reached 219mph," Carpenter said. "Our next focus is to work on breaking 220mph and continue to gear up for qualifying. Today we ran our quickest laps yet, so we're headed in the right direction."

Red Bull Cheever Racing follows their game plan into tomorrow for the fifth day of IndyCar practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 30.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter