IRL: Chicagoland: Vision Racing qualifying report

SCHECKTER TO LEAD VISION RACING WITH NINTH PLACE START AT CHICAGOLAND JOLIET, Ill. -- Tomas Scheckter will lead Vision Racing to the green flag for the final race of the 2007 IndyCar Series season as he will start ninth in the Peak Antifreeze...

SCHECKTER TO LEAD VISION RACING WITH NINTH PLACE START AT CHICAGOLAND

JOLIET, Ill. -- Tomas Scheckter will lead Vision Racing to the green flag for the final race of the 2007 IndyCar Series season as he will start ninth in the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway tomorrow afternoon. Teammates Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will start 14th and 18th respectively.

Scheckter has finished in the top-10 nine times this season, putting him and the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone ninth in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings heading into Sunday's finale.

He will be racing at Chicagoland Speedway for the fifth time in his IndyCar Series career. His best finish at the track came when he finished fourth in 2005 with Panther racing after starting third. His ninth place start for his fifth attempt at the track puts him in a good position to score his fourth top-10 finish at the track.

Currently 15th in the point standings, Carpenter is looking for his seventh top-10 of the season in his last outing of the season.

Carpenter made history in September of 2003 at Chicagoland Speedway when he became the first driver to compete in an Indy Pro Series event and an IndyCar Series event on the same weekend. It was also Carpenter's first career IndyCar Series start and driving for PDM Racing he put in a respectable rookie run starting 16th and finishing 13th.

However, last year's race at Chicagoland is perhaps one of Carpenter's most notable as he drove to a fifth place finish in the season finale. That also happens to be his career-best IndyCar Series finish. Driving the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine beyond fifth will only suit Carpenter this year.

Foyt has been running at the finish for 12 of 16 races this season driving the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara.Honda/Firestone. Currently 14th in the point standings, he will be vying for his fifth top-10 finish of the season on Sunday; starting from the 18th spot.

Foyt's only IndyCar Series race of 2006 came at Chicagoland Speedway as he filled in for the injured Dario Franchitti at Andretti Green Racing. Foyt led his first career IndyCar Series leader laps in that race and finished 12th. His best finish at Chicagoland is 11th in 2005 driving for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We qualified about as quick as we could go and I guess so long as we start in the top-10 for the race, I will be fairly happy about it. From there it's just about getting in a good position early in the race and getting a strong finish."

Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"My qualifying run wasn't very good. You know, we haven't been fast really all day, but I went slower than I did in practice so that's frustrating. On these 1.5-mile tracks qualifying can be frustrating because you can have the same setup on your car as your teammate does, but you can end up being one to two mile an hour off his pace. It's frustrating, but the fun part is tomorrow when we can go race and if we can go out and have a good run, then I'll be happier. We just really need to take advantage of tomorrow so we can end the season on a positive note."

A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"I haven't been very happy all weekend. The car just hasn't been there and we've been changing everything to try and go fast, but the car just hasn't responded. We had a vibration in my qualifying laps there which didn't help things. It just seems like not much is going right at the moment so hopefully we can get it all turned around by tomorrow's race."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , Dario Franchitti , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter