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TORONTO MOLSON INDY 2004
Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier takes his car around Turn 10 during the Toronto Molson Indy Champ Car race at Exhibition Place July 11, 2004 in Toronto, Canada. Carpentier went on to make the victory podium as he finished third behind Sebastien Bourdais and Jimmy Vassar. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)
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Patrick Carpentier (born on August 13, 1971 in Ville Lasalle, Quebec) is a Canadian race car driver. He is best known for his career in the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series. Patrick is currently a Part Time Driver for Tommy Baldwin Racing

In 2005 Patrick drove for the Red Bull-sponsored team run by Eddie Cheever in the Indy Racing League. Prior to this he spent nearly a decade in the rival ChampCar series with Bettenhausen as a rookie, but subsequently in the team owned by Gerry Forsythe. In his early years he was prone to missing races through injuries, some of which originated off-track.

His first Champ Car victory came in 2001 at Michigan and he then took third in the championship in 2002. Patrick was 5th overall in a disappointing 2003 season (compared to title-winning team-mate Paul Tracy). This weakened his position within the team and he was briefly fired in 2004, later being reinstated in a third team car, allegedly because of his marketing popularity in his homeland. (Team boss Gerry Forsythe was also a part-owner of the series.)

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