Carpentier has angry words for team director following release by GEM
Patrick Carpentier was released from Gillett Evernham Motorsports on Tuesday.
Carpentier, a Sprint Cup rookie and former open-wheel racer in Champ Car and the IndyCar Series, was the driver of the No. 10 Dodge for GEM. He could not be reached for comment.On his Web site, patcarpentier.ca, Carpentier wrote he got into an argument and skirmish Saturday with team director Mike Shiplett, who blamed him for failing to qualifying at Talladega. "I think it's a complete lack of respect," Carpentier wrote. "I never was shy to take the blame when I thought it was my fault, but here, everybody knows that it's like driving in a straight line. The driver just has to keep the steering wheel straight. He should have taken a time out and calmed down before he spoke." Carpentier was one of two drivers who failed to make the field for the Amp Energy 500, but his qualifying lap was faster than both of his teammates, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler, who had guaranteed spots and weren't in qualifying setups.