Indy 500: Vision Racing Thursday practice report

LOTS OF LAPS FOR VISION RACING IN PRACTICE AT INDY INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Seat time was the name of the game today for Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter today while persistence was the mindset for Ryan Hunter-Reay as practice resumed at the ...

LOTS OF LAPS FOR VISION RACING IN PRACTICE AT INDY

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Seat time was the name of the game today for Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter today while persistence was the mindset for Ryan Hunter-Reay as practice resumed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

Carpenter completed a total of 90 laps today between the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine and the No. 21T Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone car. After qualifying the No. 20 Menards special on Sunday in the 17th position (middle of row six), Carpenter got behind the wheel of Hunter-Reay's No. 21T machine today to confirm previously gathered feedback on the car.

After 14 laps in the No. 21T, Carpenter switched to his trademark day-glo yellow No. 20 Menards car and put in an additional 76 laps on the day. His best lap was 219.287 mph while working on race setups and full fuel tank runs.

Just last season at Indianapolis, Carpenter started a career-best 10th, drove his first career IndyCar Series leader laps (3) and finished in a team and career-best fifth at the Brickyard.

Teammate Hunter-Reay only completed 22 laps in the No. 21T Vision Racing car this afternoon as he continued to work with his engineers and mechanics on different setups and adjustments. He persevered through the changes and put up a best lap on the day at 218.894 mph.

Hunter-Reay will qualify his car this Saturday during the third round of qualifying which will determine the starters for spots 23 through 33.

Hunter-Reay is aiming for his second attempt at Indianapolis this year and his following up his performance last year that earned him Rookie of the Year honors. In the 2008 race, driving for Rahal-Letterman Racing, Hunter-Reay started 20th and drove all the way up to finish just behind his now teammate Carpenter, in the sixth spot.

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

On practice: "We got in a lot of laps today which was good. We wanted to get on the track as much as possible and we did that. I started out the day by jumping in Ryan's (Hunter-Reay) car to confirm some things for the team and then I just spent the rest of the afternoon in my car getting ready for the race. We did a lot of race runs, full tank running and it was pretty productive. Towards the end of the day the track heated up and it got pretty windy and it wasn't bad conditions, but not great conditions either. So it was kind of good to go out and run when the track is not at its best. I think my car is okay right now and we're fairly close to where I was last year when I ran here and finished fifth, but obviously we want to finish a little higher than fifth this year so we're going to keep working at it."

Ryan Hunter-Reay - No. 21T Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On practice: "It was another really frustrating day for the 21-team. We rolled out with the same settings on the 20-car in our backup car, the 21T. Ed (Carpenter) drove the car and confirmed some of the things that I had been reporting to the team. Then I drove the car and I wasn't satisfied with how it was feeling given some technical issues. We threw a lot of big changes at it today and those take time to implement so that's why we only had 22 laps on the day when others were getting in 100 laps or more. The good news is at the end of the day we were able to do a full-throttle, 10-lap run and the car handled it. We topped out at 218 mph so we've got a speed gap there that we've got to close, but we'll back at it tomorrow to keep working on it."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Ed Carpenter