IRL: Motegi: Cheever Racing race report

Carpentier Leads Red Bull Cheever Effort at Motegi with 13th Place Finish MOTEGI, Japan (April 30, 2005) -- Patrick Carpentier led the Red Bull Cheever Racing team to a 13th place finish in the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, while...

Carpentier Leads Red Bull Cheever Effort at Motegi with 13th Place Finish

MOTEGI, Japan (April 30, 2005) -- Patrick Carpentier led the Red Bull Cheever Racing team to a 13th place finish in the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, while an early race spin resulted in a 19th place finish for Alex Barron.

Starting 14th, Carpentier drove an error-free 200 laps on the 1.52-mile oval to take the checkered flag 13th, behind race winner Dan Wheldon.

"It was a difficult day," Carpentier said. "We had a problem with tire pressures making the car difficult to drive. We fixed the problem on the last pit stop, but it was too late to move up the field as we were a few laps down from the leaders by then.

"At least the car is in one piece and we can push as hard as we can for Indianapolis," Carpentier continued. "Indy is a big race and we will put all our efforts into doing well at that event."

For Alex Barron and the No. 51 car crew it was a busy day, with Alex spinning during a race restart on lap 12.

"I spun the car on cold tires," Barron said. "I was being aggressive and trying to take advantage of cars that didn't get a good launch off turn four. The car rotated, spun around and tapped the wall. The incident was entirely my fault."

The Delphi safety team towed the car back to the garage area and the No. 51 crew quickly repaired the damage to the nose cone and right front suspension. Barron returned to track on leader's lap 90. Moving up to 19th place, team manager Max Jones decided to call Barron in for the day on lap 136 once there were no further positions to gain. Barron finished 19th, completing 57 laps. It was the first race this season where both Red Bull Cheever Racing cars did not finish.

"The No. 51 crew hustled to get us back on track to get more laps in and the most number of championship points as possible," Barron said. "It is a real shame. We made some changes for the race and I think we were heading in the right direction. We just didn't have a chance to show what we had."

Round five of the 17-race 2005 IRL IndyCar Series takes place May 29 with the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

-www.redbullcheeverracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Max Jones