IRL: Indy 500: Cheever Racing day five report

Alex Barron: ...

Alex Barron:  #51 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

Patrick Carpentier: #83 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

INDIANAPOLIS (May 12, 2005) -- Temperatures cooled down a bit today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the speeds didn't. However, the Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers didn't find the kind of speed they've been looking for all week after completing a total of 178 laps.

Barron ran a total of 97 laps with a best speed of 220.986 mph, which is his best of practice so far.

"We made a big jump today in the right direction, which is good way to go into the last day of practice before qualifying. By Friday you want to be ready and then on Saturday you just want to do a warm-up run to get ready for qualifying. We had a big list of things to do today. We ran through them all and made some gains with the car but we didn't find the magic trick we were looking for. The Red Bull Toyota is really solid. It's good as far as grip. We are just looking for overall speed. We will do some things tonight to fine tune the car for tomorrow," Barron said.

Carpentier turned a total of 81 laps with a top speed of 219.220 mph., which is almost identical to the speeds he has been running in the other practice sessions.

"We've tried a lot of things on the car, but we seem to be running the same speeds every day. We're not last, but we're not where we want to be. We're now going to trim the car out a little bit for qualifying and try to take care of some of the push we have, so we'll see what we can come up with tomorrow," Carpentier said.

Both drivers will return to the track on Friday for the last day of practice before Pole Day. Practice is from noon to 6 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron