Patrick Carpentier in Sprint Cup car for Sonoma, Indianapolis
Patrick Carpentier (photo courtesy of Go FAS Racing)
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Go FAS Racing, has enlisted Patrick Carpentier for the two races at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first of those two races is June 26 at Sonoma. Carpentier will be behind the wheel of the No. 32 Ford entry for the team that, to this point, has been driven by Jeffrey Earnhardt, Joey Gase and Bobby Labonte.
“We look forward to working with Patrick at Sonoma and Indianapolis,” Go FAS Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire said. “The last time he ran at Sonoma, he finished 11th, and we plan on giving him a car that can give him a top-10 this June.”
Carpentier is a retired open-wheel and sports car racer, but he also has a significant amount in NASCAR experience. He competed in 40 races at the Cup level between 2007 and 2011. He ran the bulk of those races in 2008, competing in 24 races that year. He also has 16 races of NASCAR experience in the Xfinity Series and one race of experience in the Camping World Truck Series. He finished in the top-five three times in Xfinity competition.
“Even if I say that I’m retired, I could not miss the opportunity to drive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, especially on circuits as interesting as those of Sonoma and Indianapolis,” Carpentier said. “I’m really happy to wear the conors of (sponsors) Can-Am, Kappa and Cyclops Gear, because I love to use their products.”