TEAM RECORDS SOLID DAY OF PRACTICE BEFORE THINGS HEAT UP FOR WEEKEND SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- Only three of the four Vision Racing entries made it on track today for IndyCar Series practice in preparation for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500.
TEAM RECORDS SOLID DAY OF PRACTICE BEFORE THINGS HEAT UP FOR WEEKEND
SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- Only three of the four Vision Racing entries made it on track today for IndyCar Series practice in preparation for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500. The reason: tires, engine miles and warmer weather are all in short supply. Nonetheless, the team enjoyed another productive day of testing various race setups and practicing pit stops under a picturesque spring day on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Teams are limited to just 1,200 miles for the month on their powerful Honda engines at the close of practice this Sunday, and several sets of Firestone Firehawk tires will need to be held back for the race, not to mention, warmer weather is in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. So what does all of this mean? For Vision Racing and many of its competitors, it meant practicing in a conservative fashion both yesterday and today while turning up the heat this weekend.
To that end, driver A.J. Foyt IV and the team's No. 22 Dallara/Honda/Firestone did not turn a lap today so they could have enough engine miles and tires remaining to test the team's race setups under forecasted warmer conditions on Saturday and Sunday.
The remaining three team drivers in Ed Carpenter, Tomas Scheckter and Davey Hamilton were able to complete a handful of laps today. All three were pleased with the team's progress to date.
Piloting the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special, Carpenter put in 39 laps with a best lap of more than 222 mph which put him 11th on the speed chart.
Scheckter also cleared 222 mph in the No. 2 Vision Racing entry. He was 12th fastest and turned a total of 56 laps.
The team's No. 02 HP entry, driven by Hamilton, was 28th fastest out of 31 total cars on track. He eclipsed 217 mph and completed 38 laps.
Tomorrow's Bump Day activities will open up the remaining 11 spots in the field of 33 as well as feature a plethora of track activity. Vision Racing will take advantage of warmer temperatures to test various race setups this weekend. IndyCar Series practice for cars yet to qualify begins at 10:15 a.m. and qualifying will begin at noon (ET) on Saturday, May 19.
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing
"We have a good racecar. Two days ago we got started with it and yesterday we just did some miscellaneous things and didn't really run much in traffic, so we got back into traffic today. We got out there and the car felt really good. We didn't do too many laps as we are still saving some tires for hopefully some hotter weather tomorrow, but it feels really good and I'm really happy with where we are at. I think we've arrived a pretty good point where we need to be, downforce wise, so now we just need to match it with conditions to verify what we have in the few days left."
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We had a pretty good day. We were able to get in a few laps and practice some pit stops so it was productive. We still wanted to hold out for warmer weather this weekend so we didn't get after it too much, but we should run a massive amount of laps in the heat this weekend when things heat up a bit."
Davey Hamilton -- No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We didn't start off the day all that well. This was the first day I wasn't really happy with the car, but my guys went back and worked on it and we were able to get it back out in the afternoon and got it running how we wanted. I felt really good about the car at the end of the day so now we can get it out this weekend and see how our race setups perform in the warmer weather."