VISION RACING DODGES RAIN DROPS IN PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS
SPEEDWAY, Indiana - After two days of watching the rain, Vision Racing finally got back on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Team drivers Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Davey Hamilton had last turned laps around the 2.5-mile oval on Tuesday.
However, "Fast Friday's" track activity was not exempt of the precipitation as rain showers cut practice short at approximately 3:30 p.m. (ET). The team made the most of the dry conditions early on to make gains in the car. However, today's abbreviated practice did impede the team run plan.
Thus the team will look to utilize the scheduled practice time for tomorrow, "Pole Day," from nine to 11 a.m. (ET) to complete final preparations for Saturday's qualification opportunity slated for noon to six p.m. (ET).
Positions one through 11 are available in tomorrow's qualifying session while spots 12 through 22 will be up for grabs on Sunday.
Fastest of the Vision Racing stable was Foyt in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone at a quick lap of 222.980 mph. He was 17th fastest amongst the field and completed 46 laps.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone was 19th quick with a best lap of 222.559 mph out of 41 total laps.
Driving the HP and Kingdom Racing sponsored No. 22 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara, Hamilton was 24th on the speed chart with a quick lap of 221.026 mph. He turned a total of 38 laps on the day.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm glad we got at least a half of a day running in and I think we definitely made some improvements to the car from our first day out. Now that we've got the car right, it's just a matter of finding more speed. I'm happy with how the day went and happy with the car. We've got a long way to go, but the Vision team is definitely on the right path."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards - Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Opening day was a bit of a tough day for us so I've been dying to get back on track after two days of rain. We had a ton of things to try and I'm much happier with our Menards Vision car, but I still feel like we have a lot left that we need to try. We'll take a leap of faith with some of the stuff tomorrow in practice and qualifying and see where we end up."
Davey Hamilton - No. 22 The Computer is Personal Again/HP/Kingdom Racing - Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It's a bit of a disappointment because I expected to have more speed than we have had, but the good thing is I've been here a lot and I won't let it get me worried. This is Indy and things change fast. What has me confident is the times I did in the car were done on my own without any tow. At this point Ed (Carpenter) and Anthony (A.J.Foyt, IV) went a little faster by trimming out and doing qualifying sims while I worked on trying out more aerodynamic parts. We want to be in that top 11 and I still really think we can do it. It's going to take a lot of work but I'm hoping things will go our way. It's probably just one small adjustment but these Vision engineers are smart and their looking at everything and I have faith they'll find it."