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|#88- Hendrick Motorsports|
|Born||October 10, 1974|
|Hometown||Kannapolis, North Carolina|
|Award(s)||2x Busch Series champion|
6x NASCAR's Most Popular Driver
|Sprint Cup statistics|
|Best pts finish||3rd (2003)|
|First race||1999 Coca-Cola 600|
|First win||2000 DirecTV 500|
|Hometown||Ville Lasalle, Quebec|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics|
|Car #, team||#10 - Gillett Evernham Motorsports|
|First race||2007 Centurion Boats at the Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics|
|First race||2007 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)|
|Statistics current as of April 27, 2008.|
In 2005 Patrick drove for the Red Bull-sponsored team run by Eddie Cheever in the Indy Racing League. Prior to this he spent nearly a decade in the rival ChampCar series with Bettenhausen as a rookie, but subsequently in the team owned by Gerry Forsythe. In his early years he was prone to missing races through injuries, some of which originated off-track.
His first Champ Car victory came in 2001 at Michigan and he then took third in the championship in 2002. Patrick was 5th overall in a disappointing 2003 season (compared to title-winning team-mate Paul Tracy). This weakened his position within the team and he was briefly fired in 2004, later being reinstated in a third team car, allegedly because of his marketing popularity in his homeland. (Team boss Gerry Forsythe was also a part-owner of the series.)
Despite finishing higher than Paul Tracy in the 2005 championship, Patrick left the team and the series to join Eddie Cheever's Indy Racing League Indy car Series Cheever Racing. Due to his excellent record on oval tracks he was expected to do well (most of the IndyCar Series races are on ovals which had become virtually extinct in Champ Car), but uncompetitive Toyota engines prevented any major success.
Cheever lost its Red Bull sponsorship after the season and Carpentier was left without a ride as the now unsponsored team scaled back its IndyCar involvement dramatically.
In his eight years in Champ Car, Patrick finished in the top 10 74 times, and stood on the podium 22 times. In his one year in the IRL, he finished with 11 top 10's.
Stock Car CareerEdit
Carpentier competed in the 2006 CASCAR Super Series event at Cayuga Speedway. He started 21st in the Dave Jacobs Racing car and finished sixth. He signed on to drive a Daytona Prototype in the 2007 Grand American Road Racing Association for SAMAX Motorsport with teammate Milka Duno. He later left Samax to pursue a career in NASCAR.
Carpentier made his debut in the NASCAR Busch Series at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 4, 2007, taking the pole in qualifying and finished the race in 2nd place. Patrick made his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut on August 12, 2007, at Watkins Glen, in the Gillett Evernham Motorsports #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge, replacing Scott Riggs and started 40th. Carpentier led for 7 laps in the race near the midway portion of the race and wound up finishing in the 20th position. In October 2007, it was announced he would drive the #10 car full-time in 2008.
On February 14, 2008, Carpentier attempted to qualify for the 2008 Daytona 500 in the second of two Gatorade Duels. Carpentier ran in the top 10 for most of the day. Late in the race, his right front tire blew, sending him into the backstretch wall. Carpentier was running in third place of the drivers not locked in to the Daytona 500 based on owner points.
On June 27, 2008, Carpentier won his first pole for the Sprint Cup Series for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The pole was the first by a foreign born in NASCAR's top division since Lloyd Shaw (from Toronto, Canada) won the pole at Langhorne Speedway in June 1953. He said he would run naked in order to get voted into the All-Star race and he probably would have won if he didn't wreck in the Open race
- Official Canadian website
- Official USA website
- 2004 Biography
- IRL statistics
- Champcar statistics
- Story on transition from open wheel to stockcar, accessed September 2006
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