Carpentier just latest open-wheel casualty in NASCAR

Consider the Great Open Wheel Experiment of 2008 a failure. Villeneuve, Franchitti and Carpentier arrived in NASCAR on a red carpet. They left in a whirlwind, writes Ryan McGee.

Updated: October 9, 2008, 4:12 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

The Great Open Wheel Experiment of 2008 went out with a whimper on Tuesday when the last man standing from the most-hyped rookie class in NASCAR Cup Series history was unceremoniously booted from his ride to make room for a 49-year-old stock car journeyman.

When Patrick Carpentier was cut loose from Gillett Evernham Motorsports and replaced with Mike Wallace, it signaled the last gasp for the United Nations of open-wheel stars who rolled into Daytona back in February. ...

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