Alex Barron: ...
Alex Barron: #51 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
Patrick Carpentier: #83 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2005) -- Alex Barron and Patrick Carpentier returned to the famed 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway looking to find more speed. Still unable to come up with the kind of numbers they're looking for, both drivers saw limited action turning a total of 68 laps combined.
Carpentier ran 21 laps with a top speed of 219.867 mph, while Barron took 47 laps with a top speed of 219.077 mph.
"We're struggling with some handling issues. The car is just not responding the way we would like it to with the changes that we're making. We're making some major changes, which is why we didn't go back out after running early in practice. Hopefully, we'll turn the corner tomorrow," Carpentier said.
Barron faced similar struggles during the day. He went back out late in the day, only to have his run interrupted by rain.
"We went out in the morning with all of the changes we made overnight, and we were heading in the right direction, but then the track got hot. Then we lost something where we had to replace the engine. We made some big changes and went back out, and we were heading in the right direction, but then it started to rain," Barron said.
Experience a ride in the IndyCar two seater
Each day on track, Red Bull Cheever Racing is taping its "Inside Scoop" segments, which are posted on the team Web site (www.redbullcheeverracing.com). Spotter for the #83 car, Davey Hamilton serves as the host, but he also drives the IndyCar two seater, which takes fans for laps on series tracks. Today's "Inside Scoop" segment features Hamilton behind the wheel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and takes Web site visitors along for the ride.
Hear Patrick Carpentier on the radio
Patrick Carpentier will be the featured guest on WNDE-AM (1260) Thursday evening at 6:15 p.m.