IRL: Pikes Peak: Cheever Racing race report

Successful Streak Fountain, CO (August 22, 2004) The American duo continued their streak of hard fought races by earning their fourth consecutive finishes in the Pikes Peak Honda Indy 225. The race in the Rocky Mountains took the green flag ...

Successful Streak

Fountain, CO (August 22, 2004) The American duo continued their streak of hard fought races by earning their fourth consecutive finishes in the Pikes Peak Honda Indy 225.

The race in the Rocky Mountains took the green flag early due to forecasted rain, but the weather held out through all 225-miles. Despite three caution periods, Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter stayed out of trouble and crossed the finish line in 10th and 11th places, respectively.

The Red Bull Cheever Racing machine piloted by Alex Barron enjoyed a clean race while his No. 51 crew stayed focused on their race day game plan on the 1-mile oval.

"We had good pit stops all day which helped us along," said Barron, the California native. "We had a little bit of understeer throughout the whole race, but it got better as the race went on. Overall, we ran solid the whole time and just kept digging along and trying to keep from falling back. We're still just searching for more speed."

Ed Carpenter and his No. 52 crew raced across the finish line to earn solid points, but not without hitting some bumps in the road.

"We made some mistakes in the pits that cost us some time," Carpenter explained. "On one of the stops I couldn't understand my engineer calling me in on the radio, so I took an extra lap before I came in. By the time I got back around the track again, I came into the pits on fumes, so my engine died. Then on another stop the wheel gun broke and we had to come in a second time to change the fourth wheel."

Carpenter overcame these obstacles and tied his second best finish of the year with another 11th place result.

"Our car was the best it's been all weekend," the 23-year old Carpenter said. "As the track got rubbered in, our car got a lot better. We had a good strategy for the race, stuck with it despite some minor mistakes and turned in a good finish."

With only four races remaining in the season, the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew heads to Nazareth Speedway for another shot on a 1-mile oval. Watch it live on ABC Sunday, August 29th at 2pm (EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter