Patrick Carpentier

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Patrick Carpentier
Carpentier in 2007
Born (1971-08-13) August 13, 1971 (age 44)
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
Achievements 1996 Toyota Atlantic champion
Awards 1997 CART Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
40 races run over 5 years
Best finish 38th (2008)
First race 2007 Centurion Boats at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Last race 2011 STP 400 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
16 races run over 6 years
2012 position 89th
Best finish 50th (2008)
First race 2007 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race 2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 89th (2008)
First race 2008 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 35th (2006)
First race 2006 Hot Head Henry 200 (Cayuga)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
IndyCar Series career
17 races run over 1 year
Best finish 10th (2005)
First race 2005 Toyota Indy 300 (Homestead)
Last race 2005 Toyota Indy 400 (Fontana)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 2 0
Champ Car career
140 races run over 8 years
Best finish 3rd (2002 & 2004)
First race 1997 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Homestead)
Last race 2004 Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate (Mexico City)
First win 2001 Harrah's 500 (Michigan)
Last win 2004 Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca)
Wins Podiums Poles
5 22 5
Statistics current as of November 26, 2012.

Patrick Carpentier (born August 13, 1971) is a retired Canadian race car driver. He is best known for his career in the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series, where he got five wins and 24 podiums, as well as two 3rd place championship finishes in 2002 and 2004. The long-time Champ Car driver switched to the IndyCar Series in 2005, but moved on Grand Am in 2007 and spent a bit more time running his ranch. After a few NASCAR races in 2007, he moved full-time into the series in 2008. Since 2009, he has only had part-time drives, so became a contractor and renovator in Montreal, trading in real estate in Las Vegas, as well as working on his ranch.

Toyota Atlantic years[edit]

Patrick Carpentier started into Formula Ford 2000 Canada, before moving up to Player’s Toyota Atlantic Championship in 1992. He joined Lynx Racing in 1995, whereby he won his first-ever race for the team around the streets of Bicentennial Park (Miami). He won win again on the Nazareth Speedway oval, however the reminder of the season was marked by variety of mechanical problems.[1]

1996 was a whole different story. During the course of the Player’s Toyota Atlantic Championship, he would shatter every record in the 25 year history of the championship, including nine wins start 12 races – eight of them in a row, from pole position. This included a flag-to-flag victory at the Grand Prix Molson du Canada meeting.[1][2]

Indy Cars career[edit]

After winning the 1996 Player's Toyota Atlantic Championship, Carpentier won a ride with Bettenhausen/Alumax team in CART, defeating several veteran racers from across the US and Europe, in a test held at Sebring. He debuted in CART in 1997 with Bettenhausen/Alumax team. In that first season, he was on pole at Nazareth, with a best finish was second at the inaugural race at Gateway, the Motorola 300. He would also be crowned "Rookie of the Year".[1]

In 1998, he started driving for Player's Forsythe Racing, when the team expanded their operations to run a second alongside fellow Canadian, Greg Moore. At the end of the following season, with the unfortunate death of Moore, in season finale, the Marlboro 500 at Fontana, Carpentier became Forsythe's number one, when rookie Alex Tagliani was brought into the squad, keeping it an all-Canadian affair. In his early years he was prone to missing races through injuries, some of which originated off-track.[1][3]

His first Champ Car victory came in 2001 in the Harrah's 500, at the Michigan International Speedway, and would finish tenth in the overall end of year standing. In what was the last CART sanctioned Michigan 500, he seized victory with a dramatic last-lap pass of Dario Franchitti. For Carpentier, this first CART win finally arrived in his 79th start. The following season, he would win twice, Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, and Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio and would took third in the championship standing. Carpentier was 5th overall in a disappointing 2003 season, despite winning the Grand Prix of Monterey, at the Laguna Seca (compared to title-winning team-mate Paul Tracy).[1][4][5]

Carpentier at Twin Ring Motegi in 2005

Tracy’s performance weakened Carpentier’s position within the team and rumours circulating pre-2004 season suggesting Carpentier would be dropped by Forsythe Racing, in favour of Rodolfo Lavin. Instead, Gerald Forsythe decided to run a third car for Lavin. Allegedly, Patrick kept his ride because of his marketing popularity in his homeland. He would repay Forsythe by retaining the Grand Prix of Monterey. Despite finishing higher than Paul Tracy in the 2004 championship, Carpentier left the team and the series for the 2005 season, joining Eddie Cheever's Cheever Racing in the IndyCar Series. 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. He ended 10th in the standings with two third places and 11 top 10s out of 17 races.[6][4]

In his eight years in Champ Car, Carpentier finished in the top 10 74 times, and stood on the podium 22 times.

Sports car career[edit]

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, although he did race for Cheever in the 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona, driving a Crawford-Lexus DP03.

Carpentier competed in the 2006 CASCAR Super Series event at Cayuga Speedway. He started 21st in the Dave Jacobs Racing car and finished sixth. From there he tried his hand at Grand-Am Road Racing, running a partial season with SAMAX Motorsport piloting their Riley Mk XI. He re-signed for another season with SAMAX, to drive a Daytona Prototype in the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, alongside either Milka Duno or Ryan Dalziel. The highlight of this partnership was their second place in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The trio also shared their Riley-Pontiac Mk XI with another British driver, Darren Manning. They finished on the same lap as the winner, just 75.845 seconds behind after 24 hours of racing, leading for 121 of the 668 laps. Carpentier last race for SAMAX was the 400 km Montreal, where he finished 10th, partnered by Kris Szekeres, took place on August 3, 2007. He later left SAMAX to pursue a career in NASCAR, with his first race (the NAPA Auto Parts 200) the next day.[7][8]

Stock car career[edit]

Patrick Carpentier practicing for the 2007 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Carpentier made his debut in the NASCAR Busch Series at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 4, 2007, taking pole in qualifying and finished the controversial race in 2nd place, behind Kevin Harvick, while Robby Gordon was disqualified by NASCAR from his first place spot for intentionally wrecking Marcos Ambrose and ignoring a resulting penalty. Carpentier would return to Montreal to post another 2nd place in 2008. Carpentier 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.[9][10][11]

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 into the Daytona 500 based on owner points.

2008 Sprint Cup racecar

The Joliette driver had not seen New Hampshire Motor Speedway before visiting for track for the 2008 Lenox Industrial Tools 301. On June 27, 2008, in just his 17th NASCAR race, he became only the second non-American driver to qualify on pole. He 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. Come race day, he didn’t give up the lead easily as he led the first four laps. "That was a heck of a thrill," Carpentier said after the race. "Winning the pole on Friday was certainly a highlight of my career. But leading those laps was unbelievable. It's hard to put into words." He would later be hit by brakes problems and would finish down in 32nd place.[12][13]

On July 5, 2008, Carpentier earned his best career Sprint Cup finish by finishing 14th in the Coke Zero 400.

On August 30, 2008, Carpentier announced that he would be a free agent for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series, leaving Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Four days prior to Carpentier's announcement Gillett Evernham Motorsports had announced that they would hire driver Reed Sorenson for 2009 making Carpentier's future uncertain. On October 7, Carpentier was released by GEM. Former Team Red Bull driver A. J. Allmendinger finished out the year.[14]

On June 9, 2009, Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Carpentier would replace team owner, Michael Waltrip in the #55 NAPA Toyota for the two road course races on the 2009 Sprint Cup schedule: Infineon on June 21 and Watkins Glen on August 9.[15] Carpentier competed in a number of races for Tommy Baldwin Racing in events that conflict with Mike Skinner's truck series schedule.

Patrick Carpentier in the qualification for the 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal

In 2010, Carpentier ran a number of races for Latitude 43 Motorsports. In 2011, Carpentier returned to his open-wheel roots, attempting to qualify for the 95th Indianapolis 500 for Dragon Racing after former Red Bull driver Scott Speed was unable to get the car up to speed on bump day. Carpentier was unable to get the car in the race. On the stock car side, Carpentier drove a few Sprint Cup races for Frank Stoddard's team. On June 7, Carpentier announced to the Toronto Sun that he would officially retire from racing after the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he drove for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing.


On August 20, 2011, Carpentier announced his retirement shortly before the Nationwide race in Montreal. While running fourth, contact with Steven Wallace took him out of the race and he left to a standing ovation from the crowd.[16]

Despite his retirement, Carpentier stated in January 2012 that he would be willing to compete in the Montreal Nationwide Series race in 2012, to raise money for children's charities.[17] After starting 13th, Carpentier finished 29th.[18]

In 2013, after spending time trying to avoid racing, Carpentier joined the French-language sports channel RDS, as a colour commentator for their NASCAR broadcasts. After retiring from full-time racing in 2008, Patrick said that he “tried other things but I need to be around racing. Everything has been very different since I stopped racing and I have been trying to come to grips with it.” Prior to this, Carpentier was in the home renovation business, buying and selling real estate in Nevada, where he lived whilst an active racer. As the economic downturn hit the Las Vegas region hard and real estate prices started to sag, this made life difficult for him. So when RDS offer came along, he took up their offer.[19][20]

When in August 2014, the inaugural World Rallycross Championship hit the classic Canadian street venue, Circuit Trois-Rivières, the seventh round of the season. Carpentier was the chance to make his rallycross debut with the Volkswagen Marklund Motorsport outfit. Despite his lack of experience of Rallycross cars, he raced through the heats, qualifying for the Final. At the start of the final, Carpentier slotted his Volkswagen Polo in fourth place behind Timur Timerzyanov. He was the first driver to take his joker lap, but spun at the end of the second lap, putting him out of contention for a podium finish. By lap four, much to the dismay of the crowd, Carpentier crashed out, leaving him classified sixth overall in the first ever World RX of Canada event. The event was won by Petter Solberg, from Anton Marklund.[21][22]

Racing record[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

Season Series Position Team Car
1990 Formula Ford 2000 Canada[23] 13th Reynard-Ford 88SF
1992 SCCA Toyota Atlantic Championship[24][25] 11th Swift-Toyota DB4
1993 Player’s Toyota Atlantic Championship[26][27] 27th Reynard-Toyota 93H
1994 Player’s Toyota Atlantic Championship[28][29] 9th Ralt-Toyota RT40
1992 SCCA Toyota Atlantic Championship[24][25] 11th Swift-Toyota DB4
1994 PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship[30][31] 20th Canaska Lola-Buick T93/20
1995 Player’s Toyota Atlantic Championship[32][33] 3rd Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
1996 Player’s Toyota Atlantic Championship[34][35] 1st Lynx Racing Ralt-Toyota RT41
1997 PPG CART World Series[36][37] 17th Bettenhausen Racing Reynard-Mercedes-Benz 97i
1998 FedEx Championship Series[38][39] 19th Forsythe Racing Reynard-Mercedes-Benz 98i
1999 FedEx Championship Series[40][41] 13th Forsythe Racing Reynard-Mercedes 99i
2000 FedEx Championship Series[42][43] 13th Forsythe Racing Reynard-Ford 2KI
2001 FedEx Championship Series[44][45] 10th Forsythe Racing Reynard-Ford 01i
2002 FedEx Championship Series[46][47] 3rd Team Player’s Reynard-Ford 02i
2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford[48][49] 5th Team Player’s Lola-Ford B02/00
2004 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford[50][51] 3rd Forsythe Championship Racing Lola-Ford B02/00
2005 IRL IndyCar Series[52][53] 10th Cheever Racing Dallara-Toyota IR5
2005-06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations[54] 11th A1 Team Canada Lola-Zytek B05/52
2006 CASCAR Super Series[55][56] 34th CPS Flooring Ford Taurus
2006 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve[57][58] 76th Cheever Racing
Crawford-Lexus DP03
Riley-Pontiac Mk XI
2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve[59][60] 35th SAMAX Motorsport Riley-Pontiac Mk XI
2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series[61][62] 57th Valvoline Evernham Racing Dodge Charger LX
2007 NASCAR Busch Series[63][64] 93rd Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger
2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[65][66] 38th Gillett Evernham Racing Dodge Charger
2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series[67][68] 50th Gillett Evernham Racing Dodge Charger LX
2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series[69][70] 89th Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia Dodge Ram
2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[71][72] 50th Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry
2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series[73][74] 108th Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry
2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[75][76] 50th Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford Fusion
2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series[77][78] 131st Diamond-Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry
2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[79][80] 66th FAS Lane Racing Ford Fusion
2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series[81][82] 82nd Pastrana-Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry
2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series[83][84] 88th RAB Racing with Brack Maggard Toyota Camry
2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy[85][86] 31st Volkswagen Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results[edit]

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
2006 United States Cheever Racing Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Eddie Cheever
Crawford-Lexus DP03 DP 669 DNF DNF
2007 United States SAMAX Motorsport Venezuela Milka Duno
United Kingdom Darren Manning
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Riley-Pontiac Mk XI DP 668 2nd 2nd

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Indy Lights[edit]

CART/Champ Car[edit]

  • ^ New points system introduced in 2004.


Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
2005 Dallara Toyota 25th 21st
2011 Dallara Honda DNQ

International open-wheel racing[edit]

A1 Grand Prix[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500 results[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2008 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge DNQ

Nationwide Series[edit]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Position Points
2015 JRM Racing Mini Countryman RX POR
27th* 3*

* Season in progress

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  16. ^ Demmons, Doug (August 23, 2011). "NASCAR penalizes crew chief for hair pulling incident at Montréal". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  17. ^ Pappone, Jeff (January 16, 2012). "Retired from racing, Carpentier working harder than ever". The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Richie Hearn
Toyota Atlantics Champion
Succeeded by
Alex Barron
Preceded by
Alex Zanardi
CART Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
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