Carpentier hopes to be back

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

Patrick Carpentier had hoped that his final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the 2010 season would end better.

But having failed to qualify the No. 26 Air Guard Ford Fusion for the Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, Carpentier will have to settle for the fact that in six other Cup races this season he took a car that had no business being in the top 35 and consistently delivered better finishes than that.

The prospects for 2011 arent exactly clear for Carpentier who has an Atlantic Series championship and a pair of CART wins on his resume although he would like to be back as Canadas lone Sprint Cup driver, albeit on a part-time basis.

But at 39-year-old, Carpentier also has other priorities in his life right now.

The Joliette, Que., native has a home in Las Vegas with his wife Anick, daughter Anais and son Loic and that is where he sees his future after racing.

Carpentier said at Homestead that he was close to choosing a new life form himself next season if he couldnt get a new NASCAR deal.

In a few weeks I will have all my papers as a contractor in Nevada, he said. I plan to start a home renovation business there.

It is something that Carpentier has been thinking about for some time and has developed all the skills necessary to carry it out.

He started by constructing a full professional recording studio at his home several years ago.

Maybe I can get Paul (Tracy) to have me renovate his palace, Carpentier joked about his Vegas neighbour and former Champ Car World Series teammate


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