IRL: Indy 500: Carpenter, Barron day six summary

Speedway, IN (May 14, 2004) -- Rain was the theme for the second consecutive day of Indy Racing League IndyCar Series practice in preparation for the 88th Indianapolis 500. Shortly after the green flag waved to start the morning practice...

Speedway, IN (May 14, 2004) -- Rain was the theme for the second consecutive day of Indy Racing League IndyCar Series practice in preparation for the 88th Indianapolis 500.

Shortly after the green flag waved to start the morning practice run, rain began to fall on the 2.5-mile oval speedway. Red Bull Cheever Racing worked diligently in their Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage preparing the No. 51 and No. 52 Chevy-powered entries in anticipation of the rain letting up.

Unfortunately, heavy storms entered the region and teams were forced to pack up, missing out on another full day of practice for tomorrow's Pole Day Qualifying.

Red Bull Cheever Racing's veteran driver Alex Barron was calm despite the turn of bad luck falling over the speedway.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't get to run because we worked on some things last night that we wanted to try out today," Barron said. "It would have been nice to know if our adjustments were going to work for qualifications. It just leaves a bigger question mark for tomorrow."

Teammate Ed Carpenter was optimistic about his No. 52 crew's preparations although the rookie was hoping for every possible chance to prepare for his inaugural qualifying run.

"It's a shame that we didn't have a full day to try things with the car, but I'm confident in the direction the team is headed," Carpenter said. "Tomorrow we have two hours to prepare so we'll focus on making the best use of our time. Everyone is dealing with the same conditions, so we're all in the same boat."

Sunny skies are in tomorrow's forecast for Pole Day Qualifying. IndyCar teams take to the track from 8am -- 10am (CDT) for their last chance to fine tune their machines. Qualifying is scheduled for 11am -- 6pm (CDT).

-rbcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter