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Carpentier says Indy 500 on his mind

Updated: November 11, 2004, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lured by the Indianapolis 500, Patrick Carpentier jumped to the Indy Racing League in the latest switch of a top driver from the rival Champ Car World Series.

Carpentier will join the IRL's Red Bull Cheever Racing next season, a series change he said Thursday he had been considering for the last few years to race at Indy and on more oval tracks.

"I always for some reason have done well on ovals,'' he said. "It is always a type of racing that I have always enjoyed.''

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