NASCAR & Auto Racing

Carpentier looking for place to land

Patrick Carpentier's No. 10 Dodge at Gillett Evernham Motorsports is spoken for next year with Reed Sorenson moving into that ride.

Where does that leave Carpentier, who's closing out his rookie season in Cup after coming over from open-wheel racing?

Well, the GEM team is looking for a sponsor for a fourth team, but given the economic conditions around NASCAR and the rest of the world right now there's not much optimism on that front.

"I am not going to back to open wheel," said Carpentier, who 20th in Sunday's Camping World RV 400.

"It's either going to be Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Trucks or the Grand American series next year. I think we have a ride in Nationwide, maybe. We'll see."

Carpentier has four top-20 finishes so far this year and said he sometimes has found himself explaining to friends back home in Canada that a top-20 finish isn't bad in Cup.

"I wish I could get another year just to bring things together," he said. "Everybody coming from open wheel, I don't think we had any idea of how hard this is.

"I enjoy it. I think we've done well and it's getting better and better every time we go out. It's pretty tough."