TAKING THE VISION TO EDMONTON: The Rexall Edmonton Indy will be the inaugural IndyCar Series event at the airport circuit at Edmonton and while it will be a first-time event for Vision Racing and team drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt,...
TAKING THE VISION TO EDMONTON: The Rexall Edmonton Indy will be the inaugural IndyCar Series event at the airport circuit at Edmonton and while it will be a first-time event for Vision Racing and team drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt, the team will also have a special debut of its own in Canadian driver Paul Tracy.
PAGING PAUL TRACY: The team is pleased to welcome the addition of Canadian driver Paul Tracy to the team's line up in the No.22 Subway/Vision Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine with the collaboration of Walker Racing for the Rexall Edmonton Indy on Saturday, July 26. Tracy's first return to the IndyCar Series since 2002 will feature Subway Restaurants as the primary sponsor, and Northlands, the promoter of the Rexall Edmonton Indy as an associate on the No. 22 machine provided by Vision Racing with additional personnel and engineering support by Walker Racing.
A HELPING HERTA: Last weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the team featured a new addition in IndyCar Series winner and auto racing veteran, Bryan Herta as a road-course consultant. Herta's expertise and vast experience was key to the team's development at Mid-Ohio and will continue to be for the remainder of the 2008 season as he offers advice to Carpenter, Foyt and the engineering staff. Herta, who most recently drove this year for Andretti Green Racing in the American LeMans Series, has two career IndyCar Series victories and is one of only three drivers in history to win a race in the IndyCar Series, the ALMS and CART.
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE AT MID-OHIO: At last weekend's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Vision Racing drivers Carpenter and Foyt finished 15th and 18th, respectively, but both the drivers and the team made gains that are not visible in the results. With team road-course consultant Bryan Herta on board, the team was able to improve upon their road-course program all weekend long. By race time, Carpenter and Foyt were able to turn very competitive lap times in the race and Carpenter also was able to stay on the lead lap the entire race.
4th SEASON: Vision Racing is maintaining a two-car operation for the 2008 season, returning drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV. They also welcomed back Davey Hamilton for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 and are looking forward to bringing in veteran Paul Tracy for the Rexall Edmonton Indy affair. The Rexall Edmonton Indy will be the team's 61st IndyCar Series event since their first season in 2005.
ON ROAD/STREET COURSES: The team's best finishes on a road or street course is sixth scored by Tomas Scheckter on the streets of St. Petersburg last year and Ed Carpenter's sixth place run at Watkins Glen International in 2006. The team's best road/street course finish this season is 11th by A.J. Foyt IV on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Overall the team's highest finishes ever are third place drives by Scheckter in 2006 at the Milwaukee Mile (oval) and by A.J. Foyt IV last year at Kentucky Speedway (oval).
2008 TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: After 11 races, team drivers Carpenter and Foyt have combined to give Vision Racing three top-five finishes and six additional top-10 finishes. The team's best finish this season is fifth; scored twice by Carpenter (Homestead and Indianapolis) and once by Foyt (Iowa). The team's best starting position for 2008 is fifth at Kansas by Foyt while Carpenter's best start also came at Kansas in the sixth spot.
SIGHTS SET ON GOOD HEALTH: In May the team announced the launch of the Vision Racing Wellness Tour which will allow race fans to receive free cholesterol screenings and diabetes education at IndyCar Series events nationwide. Lilly -- a worldwide leader in diabetes treatment, research and education based in Indianapolis,-- will be providing the diabetes education component of the Wellness Tour, while team partner Polymer Technology Systems, Inc. will provide its revolutionary CardioChek® home cholesterol test system to complete the cholesterol screening. The Vision Racing Wellness Tour will not be featured at the Rexall Edmonton Indy, but will however be offering free cholesterol screenings and diabetes education at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., July 26 and 27.
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
AT EDMONTON: The Rexall Edmonton Indy will be A.J. Foyt IV's first attempt on the Edmonton City Centre Airport circuit as the IndyCar Series makes its debut there. Foyt's best road/street course finish came last season at Belle Isle when he took ninth. This season his best road/street course finish is 11th on the streets of St. Petersburg.
MOST RECENTLY: At Mid-Ohio Foyt started from 23rd, drove as high as 17th, and finished 18th all while overcoming trouble in the pits and on track. Foyt pitted under caution on lap 27 but had a small set back during the pit stop with an air hose getting caught by a tire as the car left the pits. Later in the race while coming to a restart on lap 43, Foyt was caught up in some unavoidable, but relatively light contact. Three other drivers were involved in the incident as well and Foyt was able to continue on in the race, albeit a lap down, to eventually take the checkered flag. Foyt lost another spot in the championship point standings this weekend and he is now 19th with a total of 201 points.
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
Aiming for seventh top-10 finish of the season.
Looking to put the "Ed" in Edmonton.
AT EDMONTON: Ed Carpenter will be looking to put the "Ed" in Edmonton this weekend as he makes his debut in the Rexall Edmonton Indy. Carpenter shares the team's best finishes on a road/street course with his sixth place run at Watkins Glen in 2006. He has been running at the finish of all three road/street course events this season with his best finish of 15th coming last weekend at Mid-Ohio.
MOST RECENTLY: At Mid-Ohio, Carpenter started from the 22nd position and ran as high as fifth in the race as the result of his pit strategy. Running consistent and strong lap times, Carpenter stayed on the lead lap the entire race; even in spite of two quick stops in the last five laps for splashes of fuel. It was Carpenter's second start at Mid-Ohio and his best finish. Unfortunately he droped two spots in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to 12th with 237 points.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500, Carpenter recorded his first laps lead in an Indy car. He lead the field for three laps under caution and finished fifth.
Paul Tracy -- No. 22 Subway/Vision Racing/Walker Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
Making first return to IndyCar Series since 2002.
First among active IndyCar drivers in career wins and starts.
AT EDMONTON: Tracy has three prior open-wheel starts at Edmonton; all coming the last three years in Champ Car. In all three events he finished in the top-five with his best finish coming in 2005 when he was third. In the last two years at Edmonton he finished in the fifth spot both times. His best start at Edmonton came in 2006 when he started second. The year before in 2005 he started from the third spot as well.
MOST RECENTLY: Tracy's only open-wheel race competition came early this year in April on the streets of Long Beach in what was Champ Car's final race. Driving for Forsythe Racing, Tracy finished 11th.
2008 SEASON: The Rexall Edmonton Indy will be Tracy's first IndyCar Series race of the 2008 season and his first in the Series since 2002.
HOMECOMING: The first IndyCar Series event in Canada will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Tracy who is a Canadian and a Scarborough, Ontario native.
The Driver's Thoughts On/About...
A.J. FOYT IV -- NO. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
On race at Edmonton... "We had our fair share of trouble at Mid-Ohio last weekend, so I'm ready to head to Edmonton and try and get a better result. Even though our results didn't show it at Mid-Ohio I think we made some gains with our road-course package and I think having Bryan (Herta) in the pits helped us with that. We've still got a long way to go and Edmonton just presents us with another opportunity to do that. I'm excited to go to Canada because I've been hearing a lot about the fans there so it should a pretty good race and good weekend."
ED CARPENTER -- NO. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
On race at Edmonton ... "I'm looking forward to going to Edmonton this weekend. I think it will be a neat course to drive with a pretty wide open airport layout so that will be different than the road and street courses we've done so far. We made some small, but forward progress with our road course racing this past weekend at Mid-Ohio and I think we can continue that progression at Edmonton. Bryan (Herta) was a good sounding board for myself, A.J. and the team at Mid-Ohio and having him around has already proved to be a good addition to the team. We just need to keep making gains with our road and street course program throughout the rest of the season."
PAUL TRACY -- NO. 22 Subway/Vision Racing/Walker Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
On race at Edmonton... "I'm excited about the opportunity with Vision Racing and Walker Racing. Obviously it's key to have a good sponsor and a proper effort. Tony George has done a great job with that. We have that now with Subway and these two teams working together. I've been away for a little while, but I want to be back in a car and this is the first step to getting back. We have a big job ahead of us but everyone is giving it their best try."