IRL: Indy 500: Vision Racing opening day report

HAMILTON ENJOYS RETURN TO INDYCAR SERIES AS VISION RACING MAKES 2007 DEBUT AT INDIANAPOLIS FOR 91ST RUNNING SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- It was a beautiful day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in more ways than one as Vision Racing's newest driver, ...

HAMILTON ENJOYS RETURN TO INDYCAR SERIES AS VISION RACING MAKES 2007 DEBUT AT INDIANAPOLIS FOR 91ST RUNNING

SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- It was a beautiful day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in more ways than one as Vision Racing's newest driver, Davey Hamilton, brought the No. 02 HP Dallara/Honda/Firestone up to speed in his first day back to the IndyCar Series since 2001.

A sunny 70-degree spring day set the stage for Davey Hamilton to make his bright return to the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 mile race after a six year hiatus. Hamilton wasted no time or daylight, posting the third quickest time of the day after putting in just 25 laps.

Hamilton was the only driver of the Vision Racing quartet of pilots to take to the famed 2.5-mile oval today as opening day marks rookie orientation and a driver refresher opportunity for those who are not regular race competitors.

Hamilton has 48 IndyCar Series starts, 13 top fives, 22 top tens and 76 laps led and is making his return to the IndyCar Series for the first time since being sidelined by an accident in 2001. The two-time Series runner-up will be making his seventh career start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he has a best finish of fourth place.

Monday will allow Hamilton to take to the track again before his three teammates in Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Tomas Scheckter join him for practice on Tuesday. Tomorrow's scheduled practice time will begin at noon (ET) and run until five p.m.

91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Practice Results (May 6, 2007) and Quotes:

Davey Hamilton -- No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On practice:
"It was a good day. The car was solid and we just decided to go through one set of tires today to get comfortable and I did that. I was anxious coming in to today because it's been a long time, but the team gave me a great racecar and that made it easy today so I'm hoping tomorrow goes just as well."

On coming back after the accident in 2001:
"I've surprised myself really. That (the accident) was a big one and I think part of my drive to do this is just what I do. I've been a driver since I was young and I was really focused on it and getting to Indianapolis was my goal. You know, my dad is 66 and still races and my son races as well, so I was the only one not having any fun and thought I needed to fix that, because I missed it. I really did. It's a big challenge to make a comeback here and there's a lot on the line, but it's all worth it and I'm happy to be back. I just can't thank Tony (George) and Vision Racing for giving me the opportunity and for HP making it all happen."

-credit: vr

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