IRL: Michigan: Cheever Racing Saturday report

Brooklyn, MI (July 31, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing continued its strive towards victory lane today at Michigan International Speedway as Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter qualified their Chevy-powered cars 15th and 16th, respectively. Barron, who...

Brooklyn, MI (July 31, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing continued its strive towards victory lane today at Michigan International Speedway as Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter qualified their Chevy-powered cars 15th and 16th, respectively.

Barron, who qualified his No. 51 car with a two-lap average of 212.400 mph, will start tomorrow's race from a 15th starting position on the grid.

"I had a good balance during our run and felt pretty freed up," last year's Firestone Indy 400 race winner said. "We are quicker here this weekend than we were during our test by about a mile and a half, so that's good. We just need to find more speed for the race, keep moving forward and get good points on Sunday."

With a qualifying speed of 212.274 mph Carpenter drove his No. 52 Chevy/Dallara to the 16th starting spot for tomorrow's race.

"We came here with everything we had, and that's what we're showing," the 23-year old Indianapolis native said. "It's going to be difficult to pass with some of these guys going as fast as they are. We have our work cut out for us, but we're focusing on putting together a good car in traffic and making sure we're fast enough in the draft."

Michigan International Speedway is a familiar track for Barron, who took the checkered flag in last year's event. Heading into tomorrow's race he feels confident that the team will provide him with a racecar that will allow him to defend his title.

"Right now I think we have a good car for running in traffic," the California native said. "We just need to find a little more speed to have the car run in the lead pack."

Barron wrapped up final practice with a 210.878 mph speed, followed closely by Carpenter with a 210.326 mph fast lap.

Red Bull Cheever Racing's drive to victory lane will air tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) on ABC.

-cr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter