IRL: Kentucky: Vision Racing qualifying report

VISION RACING TO START EIGHTH AND SEVENTEENTH AT KENTUCKY SPARTA, Ky. -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, led the way for his team in qualifying taking the eighth spot for the start of the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Carpenter's ...

VISION RACING TO START EIGHTH AND SEVENTEENTH AT KENTUCKY

SPARTA, Ky. -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, led the way for his team in qualifying taking the eighth spot for the start of the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Carpenter's teammate, Tomas Scheckter, qualified in the 17th spot. This marks Vision Racing's fifth consecutive top-ten start and Carpenter's third top-ten start in a row.

This is also Carpenter's best start at Kentucky. In two previous attempts at the 1.5-mile oval, Carpenter has a best finish of eighth in 2004 when he started 14th for 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.

Carpenter hopes that another top-ten start and a good racecar will allow him to make his way to the front and score his first top-five finish. The feat would be the best run for the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone and an IndyCar Series career-best for Carpenter.

Qualifying the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the 17th position, Scheckter will look to make his way through the field quickly at the start of tomorrow's race. Earlier in the day, Scheckter was the ninth fastest in combined practice results.

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. In his rookie season the year prior, he started 17th and finished 22nd due to an accident. In 2004 he started 13th and again finished 22nd after a fuel fire ended his race. Last season he started 22nd and finished 21st as a result of a mechanical issue.

Both Carpenter and Scheckter will look to improve upon the team's recent success when the green flag waves for tomorrow's 200-lap/300-mile event. The team has back-to-back top-five finishes scored by Scheckter and seven top-ten finishes in a row scored by both drivers.

Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (Aug. 12, 2006)

Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Starting Position: 8th Qualifying Speed: 216.389 mph Top Speed in Practice: 216.374 mph Overall Rank in Practice: 10th on speed chart Pole Position: Helio Castroneves (No. 3 -- Marlboro Team Penske)

On qualifying and practice:

"Our qualifying went pretty well. We ended up right about where we practiced so that's good. I could have been maybe just a bit higher, but we ended up right in the pack that we expected to be in. I think we have a good racecar for tomorrow so I'm anxious to get the car to the front and see what we can do."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Starting Position: 17th Qualifying Speed: 214.095 mph average Top Speed in Practice: 216.431 mph Overall Rank in Practice: 9th on speed chart Pole Position: Helio Castroneves (No. 3 -- Marlboro Team Penske)

On qualifying and practice:

"It's unfortunate that in qualifying we weren't able to match our speed from practice. I'm extremely disappointed right now, but what is most important is how we race tomorrow so I'm just going to focus on that. We have our work cut out for us, but the team and I are up for the challenge and we'll see what we can do. We've made steady progress all season and I want that to continue tomorrow so I'm going to be working extra hard during the race to earn a good result."

-credit: VR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Ed Carpenter
Teams Team Penske