IRL: Milwaukee: Cheever Racing preview

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Alex Barron:  #51 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

Patrick Carpentier: #83 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

A team with success at The Milwaukee Mile

Despite the fact that this year's race will be only the second time that the IndyCar Series has visited The Milwaukee Mile, both Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers bring with them significant experience and success at the historic track. Patrick Carpentier is the holder of the track qualifying record, which he set in 1998 during his CART days. He turned a quick lap of 20.021 sec., which equates to an average speed of 185.500 mph. This feat put him on the pole for the race that year. He feels confident that this record will stand for some time to come.

"Those were the days when we were running 900 horsepower flat out all around the track. The cars were too fast for an oval, actually. I don't think we'll ever approach those speeds again." Carpentier said.

Alex Barron also has had his share of success at the track, winning a race and a pole in 1997 during his tenure in the Toyota Atlantic series. Last year, he scored a top 10 in the IndyCar Series race with a seventh place finish.

The team's take on The Milwaukee Mile

"With Milwaukee being such a flat track, the setup from start to finish is really important. We tested and raced there last year, so we have some things to build from. Our short track setups seem to be working really well right now, so I think we can go in there and be competitive right from the start because we seem to be finding speed on them. Milwaukee is always a fun race because a lot of things seem to happen very quickly. You also have to have a very aggressive racing style to race well, and I've always had a lot of luck there."-- Alex Barron

"I really like these shorter tracks. You've got to be careful there because there are several bumps that can get you if you're not careful and set yourself up well for them. I suspect I'm not going to lift (off the throttle) too much there, and we need to keep the scrub to a minimum. We've done well on these shorter tracks this year, so hopefully when we get there, the chassis is good so we can run well again like we did at Richmond. The shorter the track is, the better it seems for us right now."-- Patrick Carpentier

Two podiums in the last three races

The Red Bull Cheever Racing team is hitting its stride with two top three finishes in the last three races. Patrick Carpentier has scored a podium finish twice in the last three races with third place finishes at Richmond and last week at Nashville.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron