IRL: Motegi: Cheever Racing day one practice report

MOTEGI, Japan (April 28, 2005) -- More than 6000 miles from home in Indianapolis, the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew was on track today practicing for the Indy Japan 300 on April 30. Drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Barron were 13th and 14th ...

MOTEGI, Japan (April 28, 2005) -- More than 6000 miles from home in Indianapolis, the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew was on track today practicing for the Indy Japan 300 on April 30. Drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Barron were 13th and 14th fastest of the day on the Twin Ring Motegi Speedway.

Canadian Patrick Carpentier completed 81 laps in the two practice sessions. His fastest average speed in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota was 198.440 mph.

"The day started well," Carpentier said. "We did some work since St. Pete and really improved. Our progress stalled in the afternoon session. The car was sliding too much. We couldn't take advantage of the new tires we put on."

Californian Alex Barron turned a fastest average speed of 198.334 mph in the No. 51 Red Bull Toyota. He completed 71 laps.

"The day went well, we made some improvements from the first to the second sessions," Barron said. "We are going to make an engine change tonight and we have a few more things to look at in our final practice tomorrow before qualifying. I have a good feeling that we will see some more improvement."

Round four of the 17-race 2005 IRL IndyCar Series is April 30 with the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN at Noon (EDT) on April 30 with a live simulcast of the race at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on April 29 by ESPN360.com.

-rbcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron