CARPENTER DRIVES TO 16TH PLACE FINISH AT EDMONTON EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 26, 2009) - Starting from the 23rd spot on the grid for the Rexall Edmonton Indy, held at the Edmonton City Centre Airport in Western Canada, Vision Racing's Ed ...
CARPENTER DRIVES TO 16TH PLACE FINISH AT EDMONTON
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 26, 2009) - Starting from the 23rd spot on the grid for the Rexall Edmonton Indy, held at the Edmonton City Centre Airport in Western Canada, Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter drove a clean race, took advantage of others' mistakes and took the checkered flag in the 16th position driving the No. 20 William Rast sponsored Dallara/ Honda/ Firestone.
Carpenter made just two pit stops in the 95-lap event, which was a green-lap affair up until two laps from the finish when Tomas Scheckter made contact with the wall. The race finished under caution, but the lack of a full-course yellow allowed the field to spread out amidst the 1.973-mile road course during the contest.
Unfortunately, with the result, Carpenter drops another spot in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to the 16th position with 186 total points (194 points behind the leader).
Will Power of Team Penske won the race from the pole in his part-time ride driving the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Machine. Rounding out the podium was Helio Castroneves of Team Penske and Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing. With the result, Dixon takes back control of the championship points standings with 380 total points
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 William Rast/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
It wasn't too bad a day considering. My car was way better on red Firestone tires than it was on blacks. For the middle stint, when I was on the black tires, my times were pretty bad and I had tons and tons of understeer. The red Firestone tires made the balance good enough that I could run some decent lap times and got into a good rhythm. It was a tough race going green the way it did until the last couple of laps. It made for a long day but unlike the other street courses, I didn't make any stupid mistakes, spin, run into anything or anybody, so I'll take that as a positive. With it going all green, being as physical as it was, I would have liked to have seen some some attrition especially since I didn't make any mistakes."