IRL: Kentucky: Cheever Racing Saturday report

SPARTA, Ky. -- The sun was beating down on the 1.5-mile tri-oval today at Kentucky Speedway, which sent the mercury rising but not the speeds. However, the oppressive heat didn't stand in the way of the Red Bull Cheever team from putting in some...

SPARTA, Ky. -- The sun was beating down on the 1.5-mile tri-oval today at Kentucky Speedway, which sent the mercury rising but not the speeds. However, the oppressive heat didn't stand in the way of the Red Bull Cheever team from putting in some work in the practice sessions before rains came several minutes into qualifying.

The rain forced the cancellation of qualifying, and the starting grid for tomorrow's race has been determined by the best combined practice speeds from today's two sessions.

Alex Barron completed 87 laps in the #51 car during the two sessions with a best speed of 214.990 mph. This result places him in 19th position for the race.

"We spent a lot of time on the track during practice today trying different things, and I think the car is better than it was at the Toyota test. We think we have a pretty good handle on race setup, but we'll see how things go in the big pack during warm up tomorrow. I think this is one of those tracks where qualifying isn't really that important, so we just need to hang with the lead pack in the race and see what happens," Barron said.

Patrick Carpentier ran 90 laps during the practice periods and was just a tick slower than his teammate, turning in a best speed of 214.893 mph, which places him in 20th on the grid.

"We were a little surprised with our results today. At the test, the car went really well. Today, for some reason, the car was unpredictable. We are pretty sure we know what it is, so we are going to make it different for tomorrow. I think we are going to have a good racecar, and I'm looking forward to the race," Carpentier said.

The team will return to the track tomorrow morning for the final warm-up session at 10:30 a.m. ET before the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300. The race begins at 3:30 p.m. ET and will air live on ABC.

Living the Fast Life

Alex will be featured on this week's "The Fast Life" program on ESPN2. The 30-minute show takes an inside look at IndyCar Series driver lives away from the track. The show will air on tomorrow at noon ET. Check local listings for channel information.

-www.redbullcheeverracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron