SCHECKTER DRIVES TO FIFTH, FOYT NINTH IN SEASON-BEST FINISHES TODAY AT KANSAS KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Tomas Scheckter drove himself and Vision Racing to its first top five finish of the 2007 IndyCar Series season in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300...
SCHECKTER DRIVES TO FIFTH, FOYT NINTH IN SEASON-BEST FINISHES TODAY AT KANSAS
KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Tomas Scheckter drove himself and Vision Racing to its first top five finish of the 2007 IndyCar Series season in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Following up Scheckter was teammate A.J. Foyt IV, who finished ninth and in the top 10 for the first time this year. Meanwhile, Ed Carpenter was running in the fifth spot before suffering a crash mid-way through the race and thus finishing in the 17th spot.
The fifth place run for Scheckter matches his best finish at Kansas, of which he scored in 2005. This also marks his fourth top 10 finish in four races for Scheckter and the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. In addition, the strong run keeps him at seventh in the IndyCar Series driver point championship.
Furthermore, this gives Scheckter and his teammates a boost of momentum heading into the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, next month. His career-best fourth at Indianapolis is something he's aiming to beat.
Foyt's ninth place finish not only marks his first top 10 finish of 2007, but his best finish at Kansas Speedway, as well as his third straight running finish in the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. This is also his first top 10 since his ninth place run at Kentucky Speedway in 2005.
Foyt started today's 300-mile race in 15th and ran as high as fourth. The impressive drive moves him up from 17th in the driver point championship to 15th. Foyt will be looking to improve upon a career-best Indianapolis 500 finish of 18th at the Brickyard in May.
Carpenter, who started in the 13th spot behind the wheel of the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone managed to climb as high as fifth in the race before slick track conditions caused him to get loose and back into the turn four wall. He was attempting to pass lapped traffic when he got high on the track. Carpenter was running in fifth at the time of the crash on lap 101.
It marks the first time Carpenter did not finish an IndyCar Series race at Kansas Speedway in his fourth attempt. The 17th place finish for Carpenter puts him at 17th in the driver championship point standings.
Carpenter knows he has a car capable of giving him his best-ever month of May. The past two seasons with Vision Racing, Carpenter has finished 11th at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He'll be making a charge at the top 10 when the flag drops on the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27th.
The infamous 200-lap, 500-mile event will air live on Sunday May 27th, at noon (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It gives us a good feeling. We are still a little bit off the guys in the front, but it was a great performance by everybody on the team. The team gave me a good car, which made a big difference. We've been working on the cars in the wind tunnel which should give payoff at Indy and hopefully on the next 1.5-mile track, make us a lot better."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We weren't a lap-down car for sure. We had a great car and drove a fairly good race so I'm excited about Indy. I just want to thank the team for giving me a good car. It was a good day and we'll carry this over into May."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We had a good car today. We started a little further back than where we wanted, but we made a good charge in the race to run towards the front. It's just a shame we weren't able to finish. I was trying to get around some cars and make a pass and the car just got loose and found the wall. I'm upset about it, but I know that we will have a good package in May so I'm ready to get started at Indy and get after it."