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 (racing driver)
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. Formula Ford 2000
Championship titles
1997 Toyota Atlantic Championship

Alex Barron (born June 11, 1970) in San Diego, California) 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.

Barron succeeded in the American Toyota Atlantic series, winning that championship in 1997 under the watchful eye of Lynx Racing which has re-organized as Polestar Racing Group. In 1998, he moved up to drive for Dan Gurney's Champ Car team and stayed there in 1999 before moving to Roger Penske's team following a tragic accident that claimed the life of Uruguay's first Champ Car driver, Gonzalo Rodriguez. He drove a few events in that series in 2000 and 2001, coming close to upset victories on a couple of occasions.

Alex was the Co-Rookie of the Year in the Indianapolis 500 in 2002. He has two IndyCar Series wins, one at Nashville Speedway and one at Michigan International Speedway. 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.

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.

Career Summary[edit]

American open wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 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 MIA
18
MOT
Ret
LBH
14
NZR
DNQ
RIO
12
STL
14
MIL
DNQ
DET
20
POR
14
CLE
15
TOR
Ret
MIS
15
MDO
16
ROA
Ret
VAN
Ret
LS
Ret
HOU
12
SRF
Ret
FON
13
27th 2
1999 All American Racers MIA
15
MOT
17
LBH
Ret
NZR
9
RIO
Ret
STL
Ret
MIL
14
POR
CLE
ROA
TOR
                  27th 4
Team Penske                       MIS
Ret
DET
MDO
CHI
VAN
LS
HOU
SRF
FON
Ret
2000 Dale Coyne Racing 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 MTY
LBH
TXS
NH
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]

Mechanics working on Barron's car in the garage during a practice session for the 2007 Indianapolis 500
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2001 Sam Schmidt Motorsports PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH KTY STL
Ret
CHI TX2 44th 9
2002 Blair Racing HMS
8
PHX
Ret
CAL
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 HMS PHX MOT
Ret
                          17th 216
Mo Nunn Racing       INDY
6
TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH
5
MIS
1
STL
Ret
KTY
Ret
NZR
Ret
     
Team Cheever                           CHI
7
CAL
10
TX2
Ret
2004 Team Cheever 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
CAL
Ret
12th 310
2005 Team Cheever 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
CAL
14
11th 329
2007 CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports 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 Chevrolet 26th 4th Blair
2003 G-Force Toyota 25th 6th Mo Nunn
2004 Dallara Chevrolet 24th 12th Cheever
2005 Dallara Toyota 22nd 13th Cheever
2007 Dallara Honda 26th 15th CURB/Agajanian/Beck

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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