Patrick Carpentier to Drive No. 10 Dodge in Final Two NEXTEL Cup Races of for Valvoline Evernham Racing Will Also Drive Second Busch Series Entry for Gillett Evernham Motorsports at Homestead STATESVILLE, N.C. (October 26, 2007) --...
Patrick Carpentier to Drive No. 10 Dodge in Final Two NEXTEL Cup Races of for Valvoline Evernham Racing
Will Also Drive Second Busch Series Entry for Gillett Evernham Motorsports at Homestead
STATESVILLE, N.C. (October 26, 2007) -- Valvoline Evernham Racing and Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced today that driver Patrick Carpentier will take over driving duties in the No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge in place of Scott Riggs for the final two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Phoenix and Homestead in 2007. The plan is being implemented in an effort to give the No. 10 team a head start on preparations for the 2008 season. Also announced was that Carpentier will enter the NASCAR Busch Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a second Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge.
"We appreciate the contributions that Scott [Riggs] has made as the driver for Valvoline Evernham Racing over the past two seasons," said James Rocco, team owner of Valvoline Evernham Racing. "This is simply a move to prepare our program for next season."
Earlier this month, it was announced that Carpentier will take over the driving duties of the No. 10 Dodge full time in 2008. In three NASCAR starts this season Carpentier has been impressive in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series. He finished second in his first career Busch Series race at Montreal after qualifying on the pole and leading 14 laps. In his first Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen, Carpentier led a season high seven laps in the No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge en route to a 22nd place finish.
"We're looking forward to the 2008 season and in preparation for that we want to give the No. 10 team the opportunity to work with Patrick as much as possible," explained Ray Evernham, CEO of Gillett Evernham Motorsports. "Putting Patrick in the car, before the end of this season will offer him valuable seat time as well as the added opportunity to work with Kasey [Kahne] and Elliott [Sadler]."