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TAKING THE VISION TO BELLE ISLE: Vision Racing will make its way to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park for the second time after scoring a pair of top-10 finishes there last year. A.J. Foyt IV led the team with a ninth place finish after running out...

TAKING THE VISION TO BELLE ISLE: Vision Racing will make its way to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park for the second time after scoring a pair of top-10 finishes there last year. A.J. Foyt IV led the team with a ninth place finish after running out of fuel with one lap to go while running in sixth. Carpenter finished 10th in spite of spinning twice in the affair while the team's third driver, Tomas Scheckter, was in fourth until Helio Castroneves knocked him out of the race and relegated him to a 13th place finish.

TOUGH RACE AT INFINEON: In the most recent race at Infineon Raceway, drivers A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter took the 20th and 23rd spots, respectively, after mechanical issues hampered their efforts.

A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

AT BELLE ISLE: In his debut at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park last year, Foyt led Vision Racing's three-car effort with a ninth place finish in spite of running out of fuel on the last lap while running in the sixth spot. He started in 13th and drove as high as fifth on his way to his best career finish on a road/street course.

MOST RECENTLY: Foyt, who qualified 24th last weekend at Infineon Raceway, actually started from the 27th spot at the drop of the green flag as a clutch issue left him motionless on the grid in pit lane as the field rolled out on track for the start of the race. The crew was able to get his car rolling and on track as the race began. Foyt made three pit stops, each time having to be pushed out by his crew due to the clutch issue, drove as high as 13th, and earned his first running finish in his second race at Infineon. He remains 19th in the championship driver point standings with a total of 243 points.

2008 SEASON: This is the sixth season of participation in the IndyCar Series competition for Foyt and is actually his fifth full season as he only participated in one race in 2006. After 15 races, Foyt has a best finish of 5th at Iowa and two other top-10 drives. His best start this year is fifth at Kansas. He's been running at the finish in nine events. He is currently 19th in the point standings.

NEW SPONSOR: In May, Eli Lilly & Co. announced that it will become a strategic partner in the team's recently announced Vision Racing Wellness Tour, which is bringing free cholesterol screening and diabetes education to IndyCar Series fans for the remainder of the season, as well as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition, the uniform of team driver A.J. Foyt IV and his No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine will display the branding of Lilly, including Lilly Diabetes.

FIRST LEADER LAPS: In his only IndyCar Series start in 2006 with Andretti-Green Racing at Chicagoland Speedway, Foyt led his first race for three laps and ended up finishing in the 12th spot. He added 13 leader laps to his IndyCar Series career tally at Kentucky Speedway last season where he also finished a career-high third. This season he has led a total of 3 laps (Edmonton) to bring his career total to 19 laps led.

FROM CREW TO DRIVER: Despite his famous name, Foyt earned his way up the racing ladder. His first job was working at the race shop as a parts washer and he served on the crew and changed right-front tire for A.J. Foyt Racing IndyCar Series driver Airton Dare during 2002 season.

INDY'S YOUNGEST: Foyt is the youngest driver to race in the Indianapolis 500. His rookie attempt at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing occurred on his 19th birthday, May 25, 2003. Prior to moving to the IndyCar Series, Foyt won Firestone Indy Lights Championship in 2002 with four wins in seven events.

INDY LIGHTS CHAMPION: Foyt also won the inaugural Firestone Indy Lights title in 2002 before stepping up to the IndyCar Series the following season as an 18-year-old.

DID YOU KNOW?: A.J. Foyt IV appeared in the 2005 Warner Brothers movie release, The Dukes of Hazzard, which also starred Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson.

Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

AT BELLE ISLE: In his first attempt at Belle Isle last year, Carpenter started from the 12th spot and overcame two spins to finish 10th.

MOST RECENTLY: At Infineon Raceway last weekend, Carpenter started 23rd and ran as high as sixth in the race. After making his second and final pit stop on lap 53 while running in the 13th spot, the car stalled due to a clutch problem upon leaving the pits. The delay in getting back on track cost Carpenter valuable time and several positions. As a result he dropped a spot in the point standings; moving to the 19th position. He regained composure and was running a solid race when he spun on the final lap after trying to pass Townsend Bell for position. Carpenter was able to keep the car running, but the clutch issue kept him from regaining the field and relegated him to a 23rd place finish. Carpenter dropped one spot in the championship point standings to 12th with a total of 294 points.

2008 SEASON: This is the fifth full season in IndyCar Series competition for Carpenter and the sixth season that he has participated in overall. After 15 races, Carpenter has a best finish of fifth at Homestead and Indianapolis and five other top-10 drives. His best start this year is sixth at Kansas. He's been running at the finish in 12 events. He is currently 12th in the point standings after dropping one spot following the race at Infineon.

FIRST LEADER LAPS: In his fifth IndyCar Series start in at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500, Carpenter recorded his first laps lead in an Indy car. He led the field for three laps under caution and finished fifth.

BACK WITH MENARDS: The team's expanded sponsorship portfolio for the 2008 IndyCar Series season included the addition of Menards as the primary sponsor of the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, driven by Ed Carpenter. Not only does this mark the return of the recognizable Menards sponsorship in the IndyCar Series, but also reunites the home store retailer with Carpenter. The 27-year-old driver carried the Menards livery in 2002, with Sinden Racing in the Indy Pro Series.

The Driver's Thoughts On/About.

A.J. Foyt IV - N0. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On race at Belle Isle... "Last year things worked out fairly well for us at Detroit. It could have went better had I not ran out of fuel on the last lap, but we still got out of there with a top-10 finish and my best road course finish so far. I feel like myself and the team are getting better at road racing so I hope that we can have another good run at Detroit this year too."

Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On race at Belle Isle... "Since Watkins Glen our road and street course performance has been improving. Our qualifying positions and finishes haven't really proven that, but we can see the progress and we just have to keep building on it. Detroit is just another opportunity this season to keep getting better. We were pretty competitive there last year so I hope that we can have a good run there again."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Airton Daré , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Townsend Bell , Ed Carpenter