IRL: St. Pete: Cheever Racing Friday report

Red Bull Cheever Racing: St. Petersburg Practice Report Standing in pit lane, under sunny skies and with views of the bay, the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew watched Alex Barron turn the tenth fastest lap of the day in practice for the inaugural...

Red Bull Cheever Racing: St. Petersburg Practice Report

Standing in pit lane, under sunny skies and with views of the bay, the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew watched Alex Barron turn the tenth fastest lap of the day in practice for the inaugural Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Completing a total of 44 laps on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn course in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Toyota, Barron's fastest lap clocked in at 1 minute, 4.2151 seconds (100.911 mph.)

"I am super excited to be here in St. Pete," Barron said. "Driving the streets of St. Petersburg has been a blast all day. The engineers and crew made some big changes right before the second session that really paid off. You will see some faster times out of us tomorrow. When we were on route for one of our fastest laps today we got held up in traffic. We are going to do everything we can to run in the front and go for the podium."

Patrick Carpentier and crew didn't have as good of a day in the No. 83 car camp. In the morning practice session Carpentier only drove 14 laps before an engine problem ended his session early. The crew worked to get a new engine installed for the second practice session only to run into a throttle problem that kept Carpentier off track for all of the second practice session. Carpentier ended the day ranked 19th in the combined daily results.

"We had some bad luck that kept me off track all day," Carpentier said. "I wasn't able to get in any serious laps. It was unfortunate, but I am still hopeful for the race. I've always done my best under race conditions so I think we can pull things together for the race. Since I wasn't driving I went out to turns one, two and three today and was able to watch what everyone was doing through there. That was about all I was able to learn today."

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 3 will air at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN. The race is the first non-oval event in the history of the IRL IndyCar Series.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron