Alex Barron (racing driver)

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Alex Barron
Alex Barron 2006 Indy 500 Carb Day.jpg
Alex Barron at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2006.
Nationality United States American
Born (1970-06-11) June 11, 1970 (age 44)
San Diego, California
IRL IndyCar Series
Years active 2001-2005, 2007
Teams Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Blair Racing
Penske Racing
Mo Nunn Racing
Team Cheever
CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports
Starts 62
Wins 2
Poles 0
Best finish 5th in 2002
Alex Barron
CART Championship Car
Years active 1998-2001
Teams All American Racers
Penske Racing
Dale Coyne Racing
Arciero-Blair Racing
Starts 34
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 26th in 2000
Previous series
1997
1996
Toyota Atlantic
U.S. National Formula Ford 2000
Championship titles
1997 Toyota Atlantic Championship

Alex Barron (born June 11, 1970) is an American race car driver. He began racing CART FedEx World Series Championship cars in 1998 and made his first Indy Racing League Northern Lights Series (now IndyCar Series) start in 2001.

The 1997 KOOL Toyota Atlantic Champion, moved across to the IRL, where he had trouble finding a regular drive and got his opportunities through injuries to other drivers. However, in 2006, he stepped down a level to race in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, and then returned to IRL in 2007. After racing in the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Alex stop racing at an international level.

Racing Career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Barron was born in San Diego, California. In 1996, the opportunity for him to move up to US National Formula Ford 2000 came with the DSTP Team. This proved to be steep learning curve from kart to open wheel race car, for the young racer. However, a podium, a fastest lap and six top ten finishes won him to chance to race in Toyota Atlantic the following season. [1]

Barron in his rookie season in the KOOL Toyota Atlantic series, surprised everyone, including his team, Lynx Racing by dominating and winning the 1997 championship, taking five victories along the way. With four pole positions, six fastest laps and nine top three finishes, he would also win the “Rookie of the Year” award. [2]

Part of his prize for winning the Championship was a test with the Arciero-Wells Racing CART team. During his test, he was quickly matching the speed of their regular driver, Max Papis. Arciero-Wells were so impressed with him, they offered a testing contract. Fate was too intervened. Following the retirement of Juan Manuel Fangio II, the All American Racers Team and their boss, Dan Gurney, wanted a young American driver who could develop with the team, and Alex got the call. [3]

In just 24 races, 12 races in both the Formula Ford 2000 and Toyota Atlantic, Alex made the jump from racing karts to CART. [4]

Indycars[edit]

Alex’s time with Gurney and his AAR team was a troubled by an uncompetitive combination of the chassis (they used both Eagle and Reynard chassis), Toyota engines and Goodyear tyres. Midway through his second season (1999) with AAR, he was let go. Later that season, he was signed by Marlboro Team Penske to race in two 500 mile events. Once again he found himself in an uncompetitive combination, this time it was a Penske PC27B-99 with Mercedes engines and Goodyears. [5]

It was not until the second half of 2000 season that Barron re-appeared in CART, running with Dale Coyne Racing. The following season, he raced just the final two races for Arciero-Blair Racing. During these races, Alex lead both, before retiring with problems the Ford Cosworth engines both times. [6]

2002 saw Alex switch to IRL, signing for Blair Racing, where he finish fourth in Indianapolis 500, co-winning the Rookie of the Year. Later that season, he would the first of his two IndyCar Series wins, the 2002 Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Speedway. Sadly, Blair Racing would fold at the end of the season, leaving Barron without a full-time drive for 2003. That’s not say Alex did not race that season, in fact he appeared for three teams. After replacing the injured Gil de Ferran for a one-off appears for Marlboro Team Penske, he raced for Mo Nunn Racing, filling in the injured Felipe Giaffone. It was with Mo Nunn, that Barron scored his second IRL victory, in the 2003 Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. For the final three races of that season, Eddie Cheever hired Barron to drive for his Red Bull Cheever Racing outfit, instead of Buddy Rice. In his first race for Cheever, he gave the team their best finish of the season, seventh place at the Chicagoland Speedway. [7][8][9][10]

Mechanics working on Barron's car in the garage during a practice session for the 2007 Indianapolis 500

In 2004 and 2005 he drove for Eddie Cheever's Red Bull Cheever Racing. Red Bull sponsorship of the team ended for 2006, leaving Alex unable to remain with the team - he instead took a step backward, returning to the Champ Car Atlantic Championship for 2006 with Polestar Racing Group where he finished 14th in points. Early that year he raced twice for alongside Michael McDowell for Playboy/Uniden Racing, with a best finish of sixth in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the pair aided by Memo Gidley. Greg Beck signed him to run races part-time in the IndyCar Series for the 2007 season for CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports. He competed in three races, including the Indy 500. Barron would returning to Daytona for the 2008 Rolex 24, with Southard Motorsport, only the retire from the race. Alex would not race internationally again. [11][12]

Racing record[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

Season Series Position Team Car
1997 KOOL Toyota Atlantic Championship [13][14] 1st Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
1998 CART FedEx Champ Car Series [15][16] 27th All American Racers Eagle-Toyota 987
Reynard-Toyota 98i
1999 CART FedEx Champ Car Series [17][18] 27th All American Racers
Marlboro Team Penske
Eagle-Toyota 997
Penske-Mercedes PC27B-99
2000 CART FedEx Champ Car Series [19][20] 26th Dale Coyne Racing Lola-Ford B2K/00
2001 CART FedEx Champ Car Series [21][22] 29th Arciero-Blair Racing Lola-Ford B2K/00
Indy Racing Northern Light Series [23][24] 44th Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara-Oldsmobile IR1
2002 Firestone Indy Racing League Series [25][26] 5th Blair Racing Dallara-Chevrolet IR2
2003 IndyCar Series [27][28] 17th Team Penske
Mo Nunn Racing
Red Bull Cheever Racing
G-Force-Toyota GF09
Dallara-Chevrolet IR2
2004 IndyCar Series [29][30] 12th Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Chevrolet IR2
2005 IndyCar Series [31][32] 11th Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Toyota IR5
2006 Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda [33][34] 14th Polestar Racing Swift-Toyota 0.16a
Rolex Sports Car Series [35][36] 78th Playboy/Uniden Racing Crawford-Ford DP03
2007 IndyCar Series [37][38] 22nd CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara-Honda IR4
2008 Rolex Sports Car Series [39][40] 59th Southard Motorsports Riley-Lexus Mk XI

International Race Victories[edit]

Date Event Circuit Entrant
co-driver
Car – Engine
1997
26/04/97 TA - Nazareth [41] United States Nazareth Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
31/05/97 TA - Milwaukee [42] United States Milwaukee Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
10/08/97 TA – Mid-Ohio [43] United States Mid-Ohio Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
17/08/97 TA – Elkhart Lake [44] United States Road America Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
06/09/97 TA – Laguna Seca [45] United States Laguna Seca Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
2002
20/07/02 Firestone Indy 200 [46] United States Nashville Blair Racing Dallara-Chevrolet IR2
2003
27/07/03 Firestone Indy 400 [47] United States Michigan Mo Nunn Racing G-Force-Toyota GF09

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006 United States Playboy/Uniden Racing United States Memo Gidley
United States Michael McDowell
Crawford-Ford DP03 DP 716 6th 6th
2008 United States Southard Motorsport United States Shane Lewis
United States Bill Lester
United States Ted Christopher
Riley-Lexus Mk XI DP 527 DNF DNF

American open wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1998 All American Racers Reynard 98i Toyota RV8C V8t MIA
18
MOT
Ret
LBH
14
NZR
DNQ
RIO
12
STL
14
MIL
DNQ
DET
20
POR
14
CLE
15
TOR
Ret
MIS
15
27th 2
Eagle 987 Toyota RV8D V8t MDO
16
ROA
Ret
VAN
Ret
LS
Ret
HOU
12
SRF
Ret
FON
13
1999 All American Racers Eagle 997 Toyota RV8D V8t MIA
15
MOT
17
LBH
Ret
NZR
9
RIO
Ret
STL
Ret
MIL
14
POR CLE ROA TOR
27th 4
Team Penske Penske PC-27B Mercedes-Benz IC108E V8t MIS
Ret
DET MDO CHI VAN LS HOU SRF FON
Ret
2000 Dale Coyne Racing Lola B2K/00 Ford XF V8t MIA LBH RIO MOT NZR MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS CHI MDO ROA VAN
13
LS
21
STL
17
HOU
12
SRF
Ret
FON
Ret
26th 6
2001 Arciero-Blair Racing Lola B2K/00 Ford XF V8t MTY LBH TXS NZR MOT MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS CHI MDO ROA VAN LAU ROC HOU LS SRF
13
FON
9
29th 4

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2001 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH KTY STL
Ret
CHI TX2 44th 9
2002 Blair Racing Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS
8
PHX
Ret
FON
12
NZR
6
INDY
4
TXS
10
PPI
10
RIR
10
KAN
8
NSH
1
MIS
12
KTY
9
STL
3
CHI
12
TX2
5
5th 366
2003 Team Penske Dallara IR-03 Toyota Indy V8 HMS PHX MOT
Ret
17th 216
Mo Nunn Racing G-Force GF09 INDY
6
TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH
5
MIS
1
STL
Ret
KTY
Ret
NZR
Ret
Team Cheever Dallara IR-03 Chevrolet Indy V8 CHI
7
FON
10
TX2
Ret
2004 Team Cheever Dallara IR-04 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS
Ret
PHX
4
MOT
12
INDY
12
TXS
3
RIR
Ret
KAN
10
NSH
Ret
MIL
7
MIS
11
KTY
11
PPI
10
NZR
12
CHI
12
FON
Ret
12th 310
2005 Team Cheever Dallara IR-05 Toyota Indy V8 HMS
8
PHX
13
STP
10
MOT
Ret
INDY
13
TXS
14
RIR
6
KAN
13
NSH
Ret
MIL
8
MIS
11
KTY
4
PPI
Ret
SNM
3
CHI
Ret
WGL
17
FON
14
11th 329
2007 CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 HMS
Ret
STP MOT KAN
16
INDY
15
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MIS KTY SNM DET CHI 22nd 41
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
6 6 62 0 2 3 22 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2002 Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 26 4 Blair Racing
2003 G-Force GF09 Toyota Indy V8 25 6 Mo Nunn Racing
2004 Dallara IR-04 Chevrolet Indy V8 24 12 Team Cheever
2005 Dallara IR-05 Toyota Indy V8 22 13 Team Cheever
2007 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 26 15 CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.blairracing.com/2002/driver/main.html
  2. ^ http://www.lynxracing.com/grad_barron.html
  3. ^ http://www.lynxracing.com/grad_barron.html
  4. ^ http://www.lynxracing.com/grad_barron.html
  5. ^ http://www.lynxracing.com/grad_barron.html
  6. ^ http://www.lynxracing.com/grad_barron.html
  7. ^ http://www.lynxracing.com/grad_barron.html
  8. ^ http://www.redbullcheeverracing.com/htmldrivers-cfmalexstoryednone/
  9. ^ http://www.racing-reference.info/race/2002_Firestone_Indy_200/O
  10. ^ http://www.racing-reference.info/race/2003_Firestone_Indy_400/O
  11. ^ http://www.redbullcheeverracing.com/htmldrivers-cfmalexstoryednone/
  12. ^ http://www.racingsportscars.com/driver/photo/Alex-Barron-USA.html
  13. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/atlantic/year/1997.htm
  14. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/formula-atlantic-championship/1997/
  15. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1998.htm
  16. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/champ-car-world-series/1998/
  17. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1999.htm
  18. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/champ-car-world-series/1999/
  19. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/year/2000.htm
  20. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/champ-car-world-series/2000/
  21. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/year/2001.htm
  22. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/champ-car-world-series/2001/
  23. ^ http://racing-reference.info/yeardet/2001/O
  24. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/indycar-series/2001/
  25. ^ http://racing-reference.info/yeardet/2002/O
  26. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/indycar-series/2002/
  27. ^ http://racing-reference.info/yeardet/2003/O
  28. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/indycar-series/2003/
  29. ^ http://racing-reference.info/yeardet/2004/O
  30. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/indycar-series/2004/
  31. ^ http://racing-reference.info/yeardet/2005/O
  32. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/indycar-series/2005/
  33. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/atlantic/year/2006.htm
  34. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/formula-atlantic-championship/2006/
  35. ^ http://www.grand-am.com/portals/0/images/standings/Rolex/RolexDriverPoints2006.pdf
  36. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/grand-american-rolex-series-dp/2006/
  37. ^ http://racing-reference.info/yeardet/2007/O
  38. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/indycar-series/2007/
  39. ^ http://www.grand-am.com/portals/0/images/standings/Rolex/RolexDriverPoints2008.pdf
  40. ^ https://www.driverdb.com/championships/standings/grand-american-rolex-series-dp/2008/
  41. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/atlantic/races/199703.html
  42. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/atlantic/races/199704.html
  43. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/atlantic/races/199709.html
  44. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/atlantic/races/199710.html
  45. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/atlantic/races/199712.html
  46. ^ http://www.racing-reference.info/race/2002 Firestone Indy 200/O
  47. ^ http://www.racing-reference.info/race/2003 Firestone Indy 400/O


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrick Carpentier
Toyota Atlantic Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Lee Bentham
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hélio Castroneves
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

(with Tomas Scheckter)

2002
Succeeded by
Toranosuke Takagi