SCHECKTER QUALIFIES VISION RACING IN TOP-10 AT BELLE ISLE DETROIT, Mich. -- Tomas Scheckter drove Vision Racing to a ninth place starting spot today on The Raceway at Belle Isle in the IndyCar Series qualifying round for tomorrow's Detroit Indy...
SCHECKTER QUALIFIES VISION RACING IN TOP-10 AT BELLE ISLE
DETROIT, Mich. -- Tomas Scheckter drove Vision Racing to a ninth place starting spot today on The Raceway at Belle Isle in the IndyCar Series qualifying round for tomorrow's Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone. Fellow team drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will each make their best road/street course starts of the season in the 12th and 13th spots, respectively.
Established on the 992-acre Belle Isle Park; an island amidst the Detroit River, the IndyCar Series and all three Vision Racing drivers are making their debut on the 14-turn, 2.125-mile temporary street course.
The team's best finishes on a road or street course is sixth scored by Scheckter in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the streets of St. Petersburg this year and Carpenter's sixth place run at Watkins Glen International, last season.
Coming off an eighth place run at Infineon Raceway last weekend, Scheckter is currently ninth in the championship point standings. He has nine top-10 finishes on the season and is looking for his third in a row tomorrow afternoon.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine are vying for a sixth top-10 finish of the season. He is currently 14th in the point standings.
Scoring the team's highest finish of the season, Foyt recently drove to a third place finish at Kentucky Speedway and has been running at the finish in 11 of 15 races this season. He is 15th in the point standings going in to Sunday's race.
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I put in about the best lap that I could do. I probably lost a little bit going into turn five, but otherwise it was a decent lap. I like this circuit and hopefully we've got a chance tomorrow in the race. We'll see how it goes."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I had a decent lap. I've been working on turn three and trying to make more speed there and I felt like I got through there a little faster. I was trying to get down in the 74-second range because we've been there in practice. The first part of the lap I think we had the speed to do that, but I didn't quite get through the back, slower stuff as quick as I could have and maybe lost a little back there. All in all, it was a pretty good run. It's a real tricky course, real busy and it's challenging. It's new for all of us and that that's going to mix things up a little bit. It should be a good show tomorrow."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm not very happy with our run. I went quite a bit faster than that this morning, but here you've just got one lap and you try as hard as you can and sometimes you just screw up a little bit. When I was in turn two, I just got a little wide and close to the wall, but we'll just get ready for the race now and put a good race together tomorrow."