Patrick Carpentier started with Lynx Racing in 1995, and
won his first-ever race for the team in the streets of Miami.
He won again on the Nazareth oval, but the rest of the season
was a difficult one marked by a variety of mechanical problems.
The next year was a whole different story, however.
After shattering every record in the 25 year history of the
Atlantic series with a 1996 season that included nine wins
in 12 races - eight of them in a row from the pole, Carpentier
won a ride with Bettenhausen/ Alumax team in CART by defeating
several veteran racers from the U.S. and Europe in a test
In his first CART season, he was on the pole at Nazareth (where
he won in Atlantic) and his best finish was second place at
the inaugural race at Gateway. He went on to win the
CART's "1997 Rookie of the Year" award.
In 1998, he signed to drive for Player's/Forsythe. At the
end of 1999, with the unfortunate death of Greg Moore in the
season finale at Fontana, Carpentier became the number one
driver for the Player's/Forsythe team. In 2001, he won his
first CART race, becoming the first Lynx driver to stand on
the top step of the podium at a Champ Car race.
He is now in his sixth year with Player's/Forsythe, though
this will be the last year for the famed Player's brand in
motorsports. In 2002, he won two races and finished
third in the championship. After several years of marriage
to long-time girlfriend Anick, he is now the father of a young
For more information about Patrick, visit his fan site at
or the Player's/Forsythe team site at www.teamplayers.ca.
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