LOUDON, N.H. — If RAB Racing team owner Robby Benton can find sponsorship, he’ll run popular Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier in the Zippo 200 Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen as a warmup for the NAPA 200 a week later in Montreal.
Carpentier is slated to drive Benton’s No. 99 Toyota Aug. 18 at Montreal. Two years ago, Benton fielded the winning car for Boris Said, claiming the only Nationwide victory to date for both owner and driver.
The pole winner for the 2007 inaugural race at 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Carpentier has finished second in five starts at the stand-alone road-course race north of the border. At age 40, the driver from Ville LaSalle, Quebec is coming out of retirement to run the race, but he hopes it’s not a one-shot deal.
“Knowing what this race means to Patrick, we’re trying to work out a way to run him at Watkins Glen (Aug. 11) to prepare for Montreal,” Benton told the NASCAR Wire Service on Friday. “Of course, it’s a matter of sponsorship, as it always is.”