IRL: Detroit: Vision Racing race report

VISION RACING FINISHES NINTH, TENTH AND THIRTEENTH IN WILD BELLE ISLE DEBUT DETROIT, Mich. -- Vision Racing drivers A.J. Foyt IV, Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter finished ninth, 10th and 13th in the IndyCar Series debut on The Raceway at Belle...

VISION RACING FINISHES NINTH, TENTH AND THIRTEENTH IN WILD BELLE ISLE DEBUT

DETROIT, Mich. -- Vision Racing drivers A.J. Foyt IV, Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter finished ninth, 10th and 13th in the IndyCar Series debut on The Raceway at Belle Isle for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone.

Foyt finished ninth after running out of fuel with one lap to go, while Carpenter finished 10th, and Scheckter was taken out by Helio Castroneves in turn one while running in fourth on lap 67. The race, which finished under caution, had a total of six yellow flag incidents and 89 of 90 laps were completed.

Starting 13th in the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Foyt earned a career-best finish on a road/street course this afternoon in just his fifth road/street course race in the IndyCar Series. He ran as high as fifth in the race and was solidly in sixth when he ran out of fuel with just one lap remaining.

In spite of being unable to take the checkered flag, Foyt still managed a top-10 run and is credited with a running finish. That also gives Foyt his 12th running finish in 16 races and moves him up one spot to 14th in the IndyCar Series championship point standings.

Taking the green flag from the 12th spot, Carpenter overcame two spins to finish 10th on the day in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine. It was his highest finish on a road/street course this season, however, he fell one spot in the championship point standings to 15th.

Scheckter, who started from the ninth position, worked his way up to fourth where he was running before contact with Castroneves sent he and the No. 2 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara into the turn one wall. He wound up 13th on the day, but remains ninth in the championship point standings heading into the season finale at Chicagoland Speedway.

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

"It was a wild race, but we hung in there, my guys gave me a good car and we had a good strategy going, but we just came up a little short on fuel. We were looking at a top-six finish and right as that yellow came out we ran out of fuel and that was the end of it. I hate it for the guys, but I'm glad we are able to bring the car home in one piece. We put together a good run out there in a good car and I think that's promising for the team. We just came up a little short."

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

"It's just unfortunate we couldn't salvage more than that. If we could have just kept the car straight, we would have definitely finished a bit higher. We spun a couple times out there today and the course was tough, but thankfully we were able to finish and the car is in good shape. I just lost it a couple of times out there and that hurt us at the finish."

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

"Helio (Castroneves) just hit me from behind. It was just such a stupid move for both of us. He just came inside of me and hit from behind. It's unfortunate because he's obviously thinking more about dancing than driving and made a stupid mistake."

-credit: vr

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