ALL THREE VISION RACING DRIVERS BEGIN PREPARATION AT INDIANAPOLIS
SPEEDWAY, Indiana - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV joined the their month of May counterpart, Davey Hamilton at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today in preparation for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Hamilton, who rejoined the team solely for the 500-mile race, was able to get on track yesterday ahead of his teammates as a part of his refresher opportunity. Today his fellow colleagues joined him at the famed Brickyard.
Carpenter and his bright yellow No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine was 16th quick overall with a best lap of 222.633 mph.
In the Vision Racing No. 22 car sponsored by HP and Kingdom Racing, Hamilton was 22nd fastest with a top speed of 221.684 mph.
Rounding out the trio was Foyt in the No. 2 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara who was 24th quick and a top lap speed of 221.615 mph.
The first full-day of practice saw a total of 33 drivers, enough for a full field, take to the track under breezy and warm conditions.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was a tough opening day for the Vision team because we definitely didn't find the speed we wanted to but good thing is it's the first day of many and we have some time to figure it out. The team has done really well all year long so we'll figure it out. It was great to see that many cars out on pit lane today. It wasn't too bad out there because everyone needs a bit of clean air to work on their qualifying trim. Hopefully we'll get some good weather all week so we can get a little bit better."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards - Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Not exactly how I envisioned Day 1 going. I'd be lying if I said I was happy right now as it's been a bit of a struggle today. Didn't really start out as good as I have here before and I think we lost our way throughout the day trying to make things better so we're going to take a step back tomorrow and go back to basics maybe and hopefully come back to some good weather tomorrow."
"I actually thought it was going to be a little more crowded than it was with that many cars out there. Happy hour had a bit more traffic but with so much practice time everybody finds their space and 2.5 miles is a big race track not quite as crowded as Kansas was but I'm sure it will get more crowed as the month goes on."
Davey Hamilton - No. 22 The Computer is Personal Again/HP/Kingdom Racing - Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I didn't run a whole lot of laps in the No.22 Hewlett Packard/ Kingdom Racing Vision Honda but the good news is that the team ran quite a few laps. Ed, Anthony, and I all tried different things. It's early in the week fortunately because we're not super pleased with the cars at the moment but on the other hand, it's a complete different set up than what we ran here last year so we know we can go right back to that if we need to but to get better we had to try some different things. We are able to go flat out and just under the 222 mph so we may be down a bit but we aren't that far off."