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Carpenter Wins Race

May 19, 2003|Shav Glick

INDIANAPOLIS — Ed Carpenter kept it in the family Sunday when he won the inaugural Freedom 100, an Infiniti Pro Series race that was delayed a day by rain, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carpenter, 22, whose stepfather is Speedway president and owner Tony George, grew up hanging around the historic track. In the 100-mile race, he looked as if he had been practicing on it most of his life, leading for 39 of the 40 laps.

The car was prepared by A.J. Foyt, a four-time Indy 500 winner and longtime friend of the George family. Carpenter credited A.J. for his one-sided win.

"We made a change last night after the rain delay," he said. "A.J. hit it right on the head. A.J. knows this place. It's unreal. The car was perfect."

Cory Witherill, a Navajo from Santa Monica, who drove in the 2001 Indy 500, finished second with Mark Taylor of England third. Taylor had won the two previous Infiniti races this year.

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