IRL: Nashville: Cheever Racing Friday report

Lebanon, TN (July 16, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter qualified in 16th and 21st places, respectively, during qualifying for Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Alex Barron, driver...

Lebanon, TN (July 16, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter qualified in 16th and 21st places, respectively, during qualifying for Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Alex Barron, driver of the No. 51 Chevy-powered Dallara, will start from 16th position on the 1.33-mile speedway with a 197.993 mph qualifying speed.

"We had a pretty solid car during qualifying," Barron explained. "This track is a lot different than the other tracks we run on because it's concrete. It's going to be hard to pass here during the race with the marbles up high because the concrete really shaves the tires."

Nashville Superspeedway is Barron's lucky track. It's the home of his first Indy Racing League IndyCar Series win in 2002, followed by another top-five finish in 2003. Barron looks to become the first two-time winner of the Firestone Indy 200.

"I've had some good experiences here and we have a good race setup," the California native said. "We just have to concentrate on pit strategy and make sure we're in a good position at the end of the race."

Rookie teammate Ed Carpenter has previous experience at Nashville running in the Infiniti Pro Series. His qualifying effort for the Firestone Indy 200 put his No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing entry in 21st with a 196.399 mph qualifying speed.

"It's really frustrating that we can't seem to find enough speed," explained Carpenter. "I'm confused why we're not going anywhere. I'm not losing speed in one place, I'm losing speed all over. We'll have to figure out where we need to make changes to get our car going better. You never know what's going to happen in the race, all you can do is ask for a consistent car."

Tomorrow night's Firestone Indy 200 is the third of three night races and kicks off at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) live on ESPN. Red Bull Cheever Racing's next stop is The Milwaukee Mile on July 25th for round 10 of the IRL IndyCar Series calendar.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter