IRL: Indy 500: Cheever Racing day 11 report

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2005) -- After heavy rains forced the cancellation of Thursday's practice session, Red Bull Cheever Racing returned to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday. During the six-hour session, the team worked on a...

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2005) -- After heavy rains forced the cancellation of Thursday's practice session, Red Bull Cheever Racing returned to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday. During the six-hour session, the team worked on a lot of race-day scenarios by staying on the track for extended periods and looking for traffic to test how the car reacts.

Alex Barron got the most work in for the team in the #51 car, completing 123 laps with a top speed of 221.375 mph.

"I think this morning, it was like it was the start of the race. Everyone was dicing in and out. We got more done today than we thought we were going to. We're just going to keep poking away, doing what we can to make the car better in traffic. That's really all we have left to do," Barron said.

Meanwhile, Patrick Carpentier turned 67 laps before a gearbox problem forced him to retire shortly after 5 p.m. During the session, his top speed was 221.382 mph.

"The gearbox blew late in the day, so we had to stop a little bit early. It's too bad because the car was getting better and there was traffic coming, and I wanted to test it in traffic. It's okay, though. We ran enough laps. We really worked on race setup today. It was okay, but we need a little bit more (speed) for the race. We're going to make the field, so we didn't work on the qualifying setup at all. We'll just put the qualifying setup on tomorrow morning and see what we get," Carpentier said.

The team will return to action on Saturday, May 20 for a morning practice session from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. with the third round of qualifications taking place from noon to 6 p.m. During this session, Carpentier will attempt to qualify, while Barron will watch from the pits. Since Barron qualified on Pole Day, he won't face possible bumping until the final round of qualifications on Sunday.

-rbcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron