Carpentier calls it a career

MATHIEU BOULAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 AM ET

MONTREAL - Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier says he will retire after the NASCAR Nationwide Series race next month at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

"It's been a few years that I've thought about it," Carpentier told QMI Agency. "I discussed it with my wife. We talked about my situation on several occasions and I came to the conclusion that I must move on.

"I remember when I was speed skating. When I decided it was over, it was over."

For the 39-year-old from Joliette, it is fitting that he'll end his racing career in his native province.

"My first big race was at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, my third race in the Atlantic series," he said. "It is important to finish my career in Montreal."

Carpentier already figures he will regret his decision when he's driving in the NAPA 200 in Montreal.

"Of course I'll say it did not make sense," Carpentier said. "I know I'll be down for two or three days after the race."

Carpentier considers himself lucky to have been able to survive in a cut-throat business for 27 years, racing in the Formula Atlantic series, Cart, Champ Car, IRL and NASCAR. "I am blessed because I always had the support of the media and my teams," he said. "However, today there are more good teams."

In recent years, Carpentier has had difficulty finding a seat in the Sprint Cup series. When it did, he did not have quality cars.

Carpentier, a competitive man who wants to win, could have hung on for a while, landing occasional driving gigs. But getting behind the wheel of a car that has no shot at winning, content to race at the back of the pack, doesn't interest him.

"It's not in my personality," he said.

Most of Carpentier's success came in the CART Champ Car Series. In 140 races from 1997-2004, he started on the pole five times, won five times and had 22 podium finishes.


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