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Gillett welcomes Carpentier signing

Gillett Evernham Motorsports owner George Gillett has welcomed the signing of Canadian Patrick Carpentier as one of the team's drivers for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup

As autosport.com revealed yesterday, the former Champ Car and IRL racer has been signed to replace American Scott Riggs, who has driven the No. 10 car in 24 races he has qualified for this season.

"We are excited to add Patrick Carpentier to our organization for 2008," Gillett said in a team statement. "Patrick (Carpentier) has shown tremendous talent in every series he has driven throughout his career and has a bright future in NASCAR.

"We are committed to giving Patrick (Carpentier) the best resources and opportunities available to make this transition and we look forward to a great deal of success together both on and off the track."

Gillett Evernham Motorsports will formally introduce Carpentier in a press conference next week. The 36-year-old will then reveal his full plans, which will include running a number of Nationwide (Busch) Series races in 2008.

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