IRL: Milwaukee: Cheever Racing Friday report

Milwaukee, WI. (July 23, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing continued its drive toward the winner's circle today during the first day of practice at The Milwaukee Mile. The Milwaukee Mile is the world's oldest operating speedway, having been in...

Milwaukee, WI. (July 23, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing continued its drive toward the winner's circle today during the first day of practice at The Milwaukee Mile. The Milwaukee Mile is the world's oldest operating speedway, having been in operation since 1903.

Alex Barron in the No. 51 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone entry ran the 13th quickest lap of the day at a speed of 161.253 mph, earning the top Chevy-powered car in the afternoon practice session.

"Last week I spent a lot of time with my engineers going over the data from when we tested at Milwaukee and worked together to figure out what we need to do to improve the speed of the car," Barron explained. "The track seemed to be pretty moody today since we ran at different times of the day and in different heat and wind conditions."

Ed Carpenter adjusted well to his first time at the track with a fast lap of 157.148 mph, logging 91 laps in the combined practice sessions.

"We took a really conservative approach with my practice sessions today since I've never run on this track before," said the Indianapolis native. "In the first session I was just feeling my way around the track and trying to learn as much as possible, and in the afternoon run we started focusing more on what the car was doing and gathering feedback."

Sunday's Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 will be the first time that the Indy Racing League takes to the track at The Milwaukee Mile.

"This is the sixth time I've been to Milwaukee, so I'm pretty familiar with how this track works, but it's still different driving an IndyCar here compared to other cars I've been here with," said Barron.

The Milwaukee Mile is the second of four 1-mile speedways that the IndyCars travel to. Earlier in the season at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway, Barron drove his No. 51 Chevy-powered car to an impressive fourth place finish.

Qualifying for the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 will begin tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (CDT).

-rbcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter