IRL: Kentucky: Vision Racing preview

MOMENTUM AND CONSISTENCY ON SIDE OF VISION RACING AT KENTUCKY INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 9, 2006) -- Vision Racing heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend looking to continue its trademark of the 2006 IndyCar Series season: momentum and...

MOMENTUM AND CONSISTENCY ON SIDE OF VISION RACING AT KENTUCKY

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 9, 2006) -- Vision Racing heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend looking to continue its trademark of the 2006 IndyCar Series season: momentum and consistency. Drivers Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter have made a habit this season of giving the team ever-improving results at each new track. The unrelenting effort has not only given the team consistent outcomes, but a building momentum which will serve them well this Sunday for the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret.

The team is celebrating seven top-ten finishes in a row and 11 top-ten finishes by Scheckter and Carpenter in the last seven races. Not to mention, Carpenter gave himself and the team its best-ever start in the last race at Michigan International Speedway; an affair that also saw the team achieve its best collective finish when Scheckter and Carpenter finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

However, the bulk of the momentum for the team stems from Scheckter's back-to-back top-five finishes in the last two races. In addition to the fifth place run recently at Michigan, the week prior Scheckter gave the team their best-ever finish when he overcame a plethora of obstacles to take third at The Milwaukee Mile.

Another top-five finish this weekend for Scheckter would give him a best finish at Kentucky Speedway, but don't look for him to be satisfied with just another top-five. Scheckter is aiming to get Vision Racing and the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone to victory lane for the first time this weekend. In four previous attempts at Kentucky Speedway, Scheckter's best start and finish came in 2003 when he started seventh and took the checkered flag in tenth.

Scheckter said, "I am looking forward to going back to Kentucky. It's a fun track that should really provide some great racing. The team and I definitely want to keep our streak of top-five finishes going now, but given our progress in the last couple of races, I really want to get a win this weekend. We'll just work hard to get a really good racecar again and see what we can do on Sunday."

With his recent success, Scheckter has made his way back into the top-ten in the driver point standings as well. His seven top-ten finishes and two top-five finishes have propelled him up to ninth in points.

Driving the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Carpenter continues to make his third IndyCar Series season his best. The 2006 season has witnessed Carpenter score his best-ever finish of sixth at Watkins Glen International, his best-ever start of fourth at Michigan International Speedway and five top-ten finishes.

This weekend at Kentucky, Carpenter is contending for a new personal best. His sights are set on his first top-five finish; a feat that would also give the team its third top-five finish in a row.

"When you get used to running up front, then that becomes your expectations," Carpenter said. "I feel like we should be in the top-five every race. That is easier said than done because of how strong the other top teams are in the series, but our team has a lot of confidence right now, and everyone has been working very hard to continue to perform well. That's our focus heading into Kentucky."

Carpenter has two previous attempts at Kentucky Speedway, with a best finish of eighth. In 2004, Carpenter started in 14th and finished in the eighth spot in his rookie season with Cheever Racing. Last year he started in the 21st spot with Vision Racing, but a mechanical failure sent him into the wall and took him out early; leaving him in the 22nd position.

-credit: VR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Ed Carpenter