IRL: Chicagoland: Vision Racing race report

VISION RACING RECORDS THIRD STRAIGHT FINISH AND NOTCHES 17th PLACE AT CHICAGOLAND JOLIET, Ill. -- Vision Racing heads to Watkins Glen International Raceway on a mission to keep a streak of finishing races alive. After completing the PEAK ...

VISION RACING RECORDS THIRD STRAIGHT FINISH AND NOTCHES 17th PLACE AT CHICAGOLAND

JOLIET, Ill. -- Vision Racing heads to Watkins Glen International Raceway on a mission to keep a streak of finishing races alive. After completing the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300, presented by Mr. Clean at the Chicagoland Speedway today, and notching a 17th place finish in the process, they also completed their third race in a row. This puts the team and driver, Ed Carpenter, in a position to finish four races in a row, a feat they've already accomplished once so far in their debut season.

Starting in 19th position, Carpenter quickly battled a car that lacked in power. The ability to put the car anywhere on the racetrack was undermined by a car that was unable to hold it's own outside of the draft. After a pit stop late in the race, Carpenter was able to catch up with the pack on a restart and turn his fastest laps of the weekend and even run as high as tenth place. However, after another round of pit stops and falling out of the draft, Carpenter fell to 17th place and one lap down. He finished ahead of Jimmy Kite who was the pilot of the last car running.

Only two races remain on the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, and reliability and consistency will remain Vision Racing's main focus as they look to build momentum heading into the off-season. The remaining two diverse races include a road course at Watkins Glen International Raceway and an oval at California Speedway.

The IndyCar Series schedule continues Sunday, Sept. 25, from Watkins Glen International Raceway. ABC Sports will provide live coverage of the 60-lap/204-mile Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, presented by Argent Mortgage, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Ed Carpenter, #20 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone:

On the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300, presented by Mr. Clean:
"It was a disappointing day. We wanted to come in here and run in the top ten and I think we had the car to run in the top ten. When we could run in the draft, the car was unbelievable, but we just didn't have the power. I can honestly say that. I'm not trying to bad-mouth anybody, but I know how good this car is. I can drive around people in the corners all day long, but I could never get momentum back on the straight-aways. I'm proud of my guys. I wish we could get a better run to show this, but I know how hard they're working and they know how hard I'm working. I just can't wait until we get this whole package together and we can go contend for some of these things."

-vr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Kite , Ed Carpenter