IRL: Nashville: Cheever Racing preview

Barron leads the way at Nashville Alex Barron will try to teach Patrick Carpentier a thing or two about how to be successful at Nashville Superspeedway when practice begins on Friday. Carpentier has never driven on the 1.33-mile oval, while ...

Barron leads the way at Nashville

Alex Barron will try to teach Patrick Carpentier a thing or two about how to be successful at Nashville Superspeedway when practice begins on Friday. Carpentier has never driven on the 1.33-mile oval, while Barron has placed in the top five twice in three visits, including his first IndyCar Series victory in 2002. Like all of the winners of the Nashville race, Barron received a custom guitar, which he keeps at his home in Menifee, Calif.

"It's really cool that they give the winner a guitar with artwork, because it's not just another trophy. I don't know how to play yet, so I just bang on the strings and act like I know what I'm doing. I tried to learn how to play it once, but it takes a lot of time to learn. Someday I'm going to learn, though," Barron says.

The team's take on Nashville Superspeedway

"Nashville is the only concrete track we run during the season, so it's really different than the other tracks we run on in terms of handling and tire life. The challenge on this track is working in the high groove. The abrasive concrete causes a lot of marbles on the high line late in the race, which makes it hard to pass safely. I enjoy this race because we always get a good crowd, and they really get into it, plus racing under the lights is always exciting."-- Alex Barron

"Not only have I never raced on this track, but I've never even seen it. I've raced on similar-style ovals, but they haven't been concrete, so this will be a change of sorts. It's shorter than Kansas, so hopefully we'll find more speed. From what I can tell, it's going to take a good mix of power and handling to race well there. I like racing at night, and I'm told that the crowd creates a great atmosphere, so it should be fun."-- Patrick Carpentier

Ovals of ice, not pavement

Before Patrick Carpentier began racing on pavement ovals, he was racing them on ice. He was a competitive speedskater as a youth, and he returned to his roots last week when he visited Pettit National Ice Center outside of Milwaukee for an exhibition with former Olympians, including five-time gold medalist Bonnie Blair. One of the participants said, "He was phenomenal. You can even see it now. The way someone controls their blade, the way they time their pushes, he's still got all that."

-www.redbullcheeverracing.com

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron