Edmonton: Vision Racing Thursday report

A.J. FOYT IV -- NO. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone "I'm not extremely happy with it right now because we still have a lot of work to do. We're looking to get the Lilly car handling a little better for us. The track...

A.J. FOYT IV -- NO. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"I'm not extremely happy with it right now because we still have a lot of work to do. We're looking to get the Lilly car handling a little better for us. The track is really cool and a lot of fun to drive and as I get a little better around here, we hope to move up the timing and scoring chart."

ED CARPENTER -- NO. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"It was pretty good day for the Menards car. People told me this was going to be an eye opener and it was really challenging and really fast and a lot of fun. You have to get a good rhythm going and once you figure out the rhythm and flow of the track the lap times start coming down. I'm okay with 18th right now because we were a lot better today than in any session in Mid-Ohio. I definitely feel like we are making progress especially since it is our first time here and how very competitive everyone is and it has me looking forward to getting back in the car on Friday."

PAUL TRACY -- NO. 22 Subway/Vision Racing/Walker Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"It's really competitive out there but I'm really very pleasantly surprised at how well we've done out there. I was just one-tenth off the top time. It's going to be a really exciting qualifying out there if it's that competitive. I pushed pretty hard all day and had a few offs as a result. I couldn't have asked for a better day in the Subway car. To be in the top-ten and end up seventh or eighth with the level of competition there is here, getting a car ready in just two weeks, me not having driven in months, it's a pretty good achievement I think."

"We hoped to come in and have the car run all day, and we did that. The crew did a great job. They had a very small amount of time to get the car ready, only a couple of weeks. Derrick (Walker) and his group did a great job. Tony (George) giving us this car to use, but going from an oval setup to a road course setup, so it was missing a lot of the bits. We're pleasantly satisfied with how it went. I haven't driven since Long Beach and I haven't driven much at all -- I've had one test day -- since Surfers (Paradise) last year. Hopefully, things will come back a little easier tomorrow and we can work on the race setup. It's going to be a tough one. It's a tough race and these guys have been driving all year. I just these guys that I just got off the couch a week ago. It's going to be a tough race."

* 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.

* 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.

* A TEAM WITH A VISION: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC's Grey's Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 16-race IndyCar Series schedule, and competed in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida for the second time. Entering its fourth season of IndyCar Series competition, the team is coming off 21 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2007. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV for 2008. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing.

-credit: vr

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