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INDYCAR NEWS 

Carpenter elated with maiden IndyCar win

Ed Carpenter Kentucky 2011An elated Ed Carpenter said scoring his breakthrough IndyCar victory felt better than he could ever have predicted.

Carpenter triumphed in a thrilling last-gasp duel with Dario Franchitti, taking the chequered flag just 0.0098s ahead of the Scot.

That handed him a maiden victory which had at one point looked unlikely, Carpenter having to drive one-handed as the bolts on his visor came off.

"It felt way better than I ever thought it was going to feel," he said. "It has taken a long time to get our first win but we're finally here and it feels unbelievable.

"It was a weird race, I had my visor falling off and all kinds of stuff going on, but I wouldn't let that stop me from winning a race - I drove 15 or 20 laps one-handed waiting until our pit stop.

"Dario raced me hard and clean [at the finish], but I knew we had a better car than him after the second or third stint. The team made awesome changes all day, and we were really good on the restarts.

"When I was racing Dario I had to check one time that we had enough fuel, but then I think about nine laps from the end I knew I could beat him. I had one more push to pass than him and it worked."

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