CARPENTIER TO COMPETE IN THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP AND BUSCH SERIES RACES THIS WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN Montreal, August 7, 2007 - At a NASCAR Teleconference held Tuesday, Patrick Carpentier has confirmed that he will compete in the two ...
CARPENTIER TO COMPETE IN THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP AND BUSCH SERIES RACES THIS WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN
Montreal, August 7, 2007 - At a NASCAR Teleconference held Tuesday, Patrick Carpentier has confirmed that he will compete in the two NASCAR road course races held this weekend at Watkins Glen, New York. The Canadian driver will, for the second consecutive weekend, drive the #22 Fitz Motorsports Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday August 11, and make his debut in the number 10 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge Avenger in Sunday's NEXTEL Cup race. Carpentier will take over Scott Riggs ride for the day in the #10Valvoline Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger.
"It's a dream, a dream come true," Carpentier said about is ride in the upcoming NEXTEL Cup race during the NASCAR Teleconference. "I am extremely excited to race in the Cup Series this weekend. The last few weeks have been exceptionally crazy and very thrilling with my debut in the Busch Series in Montreal with Fitz Motorsports. And now, I am back with Fitz and I am also driving in NEXTEL. I want to do a good job this weekend and also have a good time. If you are enjoying yourself, you usually end up having good results. Right now, it's like a dream and I am flying real high. What happened in Montreal stays in Montreal, however great it was, but now I am turning a new leaf. I am not going to win the pole and finish second in every race, but we will see how it goes. I want to be up front and battle with the leaders."
Carpentier also commented on the fact that he wore a Montreal Canadian Hockey team sweater during the Montreal press conference he attended with Carl Edwards, and the fact that he will be driving one of George Gillett's Cup cars this weekend, the new owner of Gillett Evernham Motorsports.
"Things happen for a reason, and that was not on my mind then," Carpentier continued. "I wore the Canadians sweater and here I am now driving one of George Gillett's cars. I am really excited even though I have not driven a lap in this car."
Second consecutive race with Fitz Motorsports
The news of his return with Fitz Motorsports came first in the wake of Carpentier's astonishing debut in the inaugural Busch Series race held last Saturday in Montreal where he collected the pole and finished in second. Carpentier's success prompted the Quebec Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Dealers Association, Federal Equipment and the Komatsu Group to continue their associate sponsors role on the #22 Fitz Dodge while Supercuts and Family Dollar remain the team's primary sponsors.
"Racing in the Busch Series in Montreal was a fairy tale unfolding in front of me, and it turned out to be a lot of fun," Carpentier also said. "Paul Wolfe, the team's crew chief, did a super job in Montreal. We had a fun time and we were also very successful. I felt right at home in the #22 car. I am very excited to return with Armando Fitz's team for a second consecutive race. I also want to thank Peter Baron, SAMAX Motorsport team owner in the Rolex Series, for giving me time out this weekend in order for me to concentrate on my NASCAR races. Armando Fitz also told me this week that he plans to run me at the oval in Phoenix later this year. This is very stimulating as I won my first pole and my first Champ Car race on ovals."
"The Dodge Dealers of Quebec are proud to continue their association with Patrick Carpentier who is pursuing his quest to find a regular ride in the now well-known #22 DODGE Charger," said Pierre Tremblay, Vice-President of the Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Dealers of Quebec. "We are happy to contribute to what could become the start of a promising career in NASCAR for this fine, super talented Quebec driver."
Alain Bédard, Vice-President Sales and Marketing for Federal Equipment and the Komatsu Group is one of Patrick Carpentier's closest fans and he had this to say about the continuing collaboration between the company he works for and the Quebec driver. "Following his amazing success in Montreal, we are very happy to maintain our involvement this weekend with Canadian Patrick Carpentier for another round of the NASCAR Busch Series at Watkins Glen. Patrick was very quick to show that there was room for a driver of his calibre to run in NASCAR and we are very proud of him."