Patrick Carpentier to drive in Nationwide Race

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CORNELIUS, N.C. — RAB Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing announced Tuesday that Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier will drive RAB Racing with Brack Maggard’s No. 99 Toyota August. 18 in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

The Joliette, Quebec, native won the pole for this race in 2007 and posted second-place finishes in 2007 and 2008. The past three Montreal races saw Carpentier as one of the fastest on the track before mechanical issues or an accident ended his races early.

“The Montreal race is my Daytona 500,” said 40-year-old Carpentier, who has led 14 laps on the 2.71-mile road course. “I know I said last year would be my final race, but I’m a racer. When they called and asked if I would run Montreal again, it didn’t take long for me to answer. I’ve said many times that winning in Montreal would definitely be a highlight in my career. Moreover, this year’s race is different, because my participation will benefit the Montreal Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation.”

Carpentier had announced his retirement on August 20, 2011 shortly after the Nationwide race in Montreal. He was running 4th and had contact with Steven Wallace and it took him out of the race, he left to a standing ovation from the crowd.
He started in 15 Nationwide races and 39 Sprint Cup Races. He won 5 races in CART and had 22 podiums in his open wheel career. He has also won the Formula Atlantic Championship in 1996.

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