Lupton, Ware, Carpentier share 2016 racing plans

(Left-to-right) Dylan Lupton, Patrick Carpentier, and Cody Ware.
Photos by Dominic Aragon/The Racing Experts

By Isabel Gonzalez
Staff Reporter
June 26, 2016

SONOMA, Calif.—The three drivers who attempted to make their first Sprint Cup Series races of 2016 Saturday talked exclusively with The Racing Experts about the opportunity to compete at Sonoma Raceway and their 2016 racing plans.

Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway will feature two drivers set to make their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts of 2016.

No. 93 Dylan Lupton Dylan Lupton, a former NASCAR Next driver, survived qualifying on Saturday and will be making his Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday.

The two-time winner in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition will be driving the No. 93 Toyota Camry for BK Racing. He said he was excited for his NASCAR Cup debut and was ready for the challenges that this new opportunity would present.

Dylan Lupton qualifies for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Saturday.
Photo by Brian DeGruchy/The Racing Experts

“I’m definitely not going to be playing it safe,” said Lupton, who will start 38th. “These are long races though, so I’m going to have to be a little bit more patient than I usually am just because those K&N races and XFINITY races are a little bit shorter.” Lupton shared his current 2016 racing plans hold. “After this weekend, we’ll see,” he said. “The better I finish, the better the future looks, so I’ll probably do a few more Cup races this year and a few XFINITY races also. From there, we’ll see.”

No. 55 Cody Ware Cody Ware, the 20-year old son of NASCAR team owner Rick Ware, did not have the same luck as Lupton on Saturday. He fell short of making Sunday’s field in his No. 55 Toyota Camry for Premium Motorsports by 1.136 seconds, qualifying 41st overall.

“The car was good, [team owner] Jay [Robinson] and the whole Premium Motorsports bunch gave me a great piece,” Ware said.

Cody Ware practices for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Friday.
Photo by Brian DeGruchy/The Racing Experts

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get up on it hard enough in qualifying, but I appreciate everybody.” Although he won’t start in Sunday’s race, Ware will be in attendance and shared what he learned most from Saturday’s qualifying session. “Biggest thing, obviously, this is the Cup Series, it’s the most competitive series in the country, but blessed to get some seat time and experience here, and hopefully we can carry this over to some of the stuff we’re doing in XFINITY [Series] as well,” he said. Ware says nothing is officially lined up with BK Racing past Sonoma. “Definitely up in the air,” he said. “We have some options, we’re going to try and see what’s feasible, what’s worth doing and definitely have some plans here shortly.”

No. 32 Patrick Carpentier
Unlike Lupton and Ware, it is not Patrick Carpentier’s first time competing in a Sprint Cup race. From 2007 to 2011, Carpentier recorded 40 starts in the Sprint Cup Series. The Sonoma race will be his third career start at the raceway. “It’s been a long time,” he said. “Five years since I’ve been in one of these cars. So I’m enjoying it, you know. I came for fun, came to have a good time.”

Patrick Carpentier practices for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Friday.
Photo by Brian DeGruchy/The Racing Experts
The LaSalle, Quebec native is scheduled to compete in the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go Fas Racing again at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The driver says he will approach this race in a more relaxed manner than most of his competitors to try and enjoy the ride. “I raced all my life, for 27 years,” he said. “A lot of racing, a lot of different classes and just to come and drive the car and have fun. Give it my best shot, as we say, and see how it goes.”
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