Fort Worth, TX (October 15, 2004) Alex Barron qualified in 11th position for the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with teammate Ed Carpenter earning a 20th starting spot on the grid. Barron in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing entry lapped the...
Fort Worth, TX (October 15, 2004) Alex Barron qualified in 11th position for the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with teammate Ed Carpenter earning a 20th starting spot on the grid.
Barron in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing entry lapped the 1.5-mile oval at 213.057 mph. The California-native battled to a third-place finish at Texas during the June IndyCar race; earning his best result to date for the season.
"We're starting from a decent spot for the race tomorrow, so I'm pleased with that," Barron said. "My car is already pretty good, but we still have more time tomorrow to work on the race setup and make sure it's the best it can be. It will be an intense race, so I'll just work on staying up with the lead pack and be ready for the finish."
Rookie teammate Ed Carpenter piloted his No. 52 Chevy-powered entry to a fast lap of 210.852 mph. Sunday's race will be the 23-year-old's third attempt to take the checkered flag in Fort Worth, TX.
"It got a little bit windy out there for qualifying, but we couldn't have done better on our gears," Carpenter explained. "Our car was good, but we still need more speed and you can only do so much with what you have. We have a pretty good setup since we tested here a few weeks ago, so I'm not too worried about our race setup for Sunday. There's been a lot of highs and lows this season, so I'm just looking forward to finishing the year in a positive way."
IRL IndyCar Series teams had a one-hour morning practice session to prepare for the afternoon's qualifying session. Ed Carpenter's crew struggled with the team radio communications throughout the majority of their session, while Barron's crew struggled with engine problems. Barron wrapped up the practice session in 13th; Carpenter in 18th.
The checkered flag for the Chevy 500, race 16 of 16, falls at 12:00 p.m. (EST) with a live broadcast available on ABC.