Indy 500: Vision Racing day 11 report

VISION RACING COMPLETES FULL AFTERNOON OF PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY, Indiana - A sun-drenched day finally graced the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Vision Racing took full advantage of the good weather to complete 181 total practice...

VISION RACING COMPLETES FULL AFTERNOON OF PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS

SPEEDWAY, Indiana - A sun-drenched day finally graced the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Vision Racing took full advantage of the good weather to complete 181 total practice laps in preparation for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter, Davey Hamilton and A.J. Foyt used the afternoon to test various race setups as well as practice pit stops. A total of 36 total cars were on track today.

Carpenter again led the Vision trio in the No. 20T Menards Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone with a top lap time of 220.726 mph. He finished 20th on the speed chart and completed 76 total laps.

Set to make his fifth start at Indianapolis, Carpenter, was able to qualify his No. 20 Menards car in the 10th position for the race last Saturday. He will be breathing easier than his teammates tomorrow as they've yet to qualify given the rainy conditions for the second-round of qualifying last Sunday.

Hamilton, who will look to qualify his No. 22 HP and Kingdom Racing sponsored Dallara/Honda/Firestone on Saturday, completed 64 laps today. He was 23rd quick with a best lap of 220.240 mph.

Foyt turned 41 laps in his No. 2 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara and was 27th quick on the speed charts with a top speed of 219.909 mph.

Both Foyt and Hamilton will attempt to solidify their place in the 33-car field during tomorrow's schedule qualifying from noon to six p.m.

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

At least we got a lot of track time to try different things. Nothing that great really happened by the end of the day, but it wasn't half bad. We have a pretty average car right now that we are working on getting just a little better. First we have to get qualified to get in the field solidly. We want to be up front as much as we can be. There's a spot on the fourth row I'd like to be in, but I think a starting spot in the fifth row is reasonable. I think we'll be alright for the race. We just have to figure out a few more things."

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

"The conditions were a little tricky today. Obviously, three guys had a problem today which is the most in one day all month. We found ourselves chasing the car a little bit and the conditions somewhat, but I think we learned some good things. I was much happier at the end of the day than I was at the beginning. I think we're headed in the right direction and we have some ideas of what to do to see some improvement. I'm confident we'll get it right when it needs to be right. We'll try to get in some more practice this weekend since we have plenty of Firestone tires. We'll run until we don't have any more tires to run. We're getting closer to where we want to be."

Davey Hamilton - No. 22 The Computer is Personal Again/HP/Kingdom Racing - Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"Today was another productive day for the Vision team because we got to run all day, all three cars, and we got a lot of track time in. We tried a lot of different things but I'll be honest, through the middle of the afternoon, my progress was a bit questionable even if we were running decent speeds, but the last run of the day felt really good. We ran race set-up, race aero, race wings and everything for the race and pounded around in the 219 mph range. I'm still wishing for one more day of practice and I'm not saying that we won't have that, but now we're switching gears. I want to get qualified and then go back to race mode again and make sure to fill it completely up and do a long run. That's the one thing we haven't yet been able to do. I feel like we do have a really good car so I'm pretty happy right now."

On expectations for qualifying: "We were 13th last week in qualifying so I'd like to at least back that up. It's all going to be about conditions. Fast time tomorrow might just be a 221mph or a 224mph. Until we see what the weather is going to do, it'll be hard to tell. We'll see what the wind and temperature will be like. We're late in the draw so I hope it's really windy for everyone else and it calms down by the time it's my time to go. We could end up anywhere from 12th to 20th. I think that's a fair expectation of the range we'll qualify, but I sure would like to be in the top spot for a 12th place starting position."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Davey Hamilton , A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter