ANOTHER TOP-10 FINISH FOR CARPENTIER IN COLORADO - Wheldon Wins his Fifth Race of the Season Montreal, Sunday, August 21, 2005 - Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier scored his ninth Top-10 finish of the 2005 season in Round 13...
ANOTHER TOP-10 FINISH FOR CARPENTIER IN COLORADO
- Wheldon Wins his Fifth Race of the Season
Montreal, Sunday, August 21, 2005 - Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier scored his ninth Top-10 finish of the 2005 season in Round 13 of the Indy Racing League Indy Car Series race held Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway, in Fountain, Colorado. Starting 17th, the Red Bull Cheever Racing driver was never in contention for the win but managed to pass seven cars along the way to finish 10th, three laps down on race winner Dan Wheldon. As for Alex Barron, Carpentier's teammate, he finished 18th, six laps down. Only the top three finishers completed all 225 laps of the race.
''It's not a bad results because I managed to lap more than once every other drivers using the same engine I am, except for the Penskes,'' Carpentier said. ''The race was run at a very fast pace. At the start, the car was quite unstable but the team managed to bring it around at each stop. At the end, the car was quite good, but it was a little too late. It's another top-10 finish.''
Starting 11th, Dan Wheldon took the lead for the first time on lap 153 of 225 when he passed his Andretti-Green teammate Dario Franchitti. The Scot fought back and passed Wheldon back before heading to the pits for his final stop on lap 165. Unfortunately, Franchitti stalled the car and Wheldon moved back into the lead to sail away with the win. The British driver crossed the finish line 12.4763 seconds ahead of Team Penske driver Sam Hornish of the United States, and 13.7639 seconds ahead of his other teammate, Brazilian Tony Kanaan. For Wheldon, win number five ties the record for most victories in a single-season set by Hornish in 2002. It was Wheldon's eighth career win, his first since his Indy 500 triumph last May, and win number eight for Team Andretti-Green this season.
Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves, winner of the Honda Indy 225 pole on Saturday, finished fourth, one lap down. Fifth place went to Vitor Meira of Brazil, followed by Tomas Enge and Franchitti. The Scott, who was the defending race champion, was running in the lead before his last pit stop. He lost a lap when he stalled his engine and his team tried to push his car instead of using the electric starter. Rookie Danica Patrick finished eighth, two laps down, followed by last week's race winner Scott Sharp, also two laps in arrears. Carpentier rounded out the top ten.
There were eight lead changes among four drivers (Castroneves, Hornish, Franchitti & Wheldon). Only one full course yllow was thrown during the race for a total of 10 laps. Nineteen of the 21 starters were still running at the finish.
In the standings...
Wheldon increased his lead to 505 points, 97 more than Hornish who totals 408 points. Kanaan is third with 385 points, followed by Franchitti with 371 points. Sharp and Castroneves are tied for fifth with 348 points each. Carpentier is still 10th in the standings with 287 points, 16 points away from 9th place held by South African driver Tomas Scheckter.
The 10th season of IRL IndyCar competition continues with the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at the 3.7-kilometre Infineon Raceway (road course) in California on August 28. Round 13 will be the second of three road course events for the IRL this season. The 80-lap race on the 12-turn circuit will be broadcast live on TSN at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).