FOYT LEADS 13 LAPS AND TAKES THIRD AS ALL THREE VISION RACING CARS FINISH IN TOP-10 AT KENTUCKY SPARTA, Kentucky -- Vision Racing finished all three cars in the top-10 for the first time ever as A.J. Foyt IV led the way with a third place...
FOYT LEADS 13 LAPS AND TAKES THIRD AS ALL THREE VISION RACING CARS FINISH IN TOP-10 AT KENTUCKY
SPARTA, Kentucky -- Vision Racing finished all three cars in the top-10 for the first time ever as A.J. Foyt IV led the way with a third place finish in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Teammates Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter finished fifth and seventh respectively.
Driving the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Foyt earned his best career finish in the IndyCar Series, as well as matched the team's highest finish of third which was initially recorded by Scheckter on The Milwaukee Mile last season.
Foyt, who started behind his teammates in 10th, put on an impressive drive leading a total of 13 laps in the race. As the green flag fell after a long yellow on lap 190, Foyt found himself in the lead with just 10 laps to go. He held on to take third, finished his 11th of 14 races this season, and moved up a place in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to 14th.
Starting sixth for the second-consecutive weekend, Scheckter had a great run as he earned a top-five finish in the No. 2 Honda powered Dallara for Vision Racing. Running in third and fourth for much of the race, Scheckter's fifth place finish is his best finish at Kentucky as well.
Scheckter moved back up in to the top-10 of the championship as he gained one spot to secure the 10th position. This is also Scheckter's eighth top-10 finish of the season, and matches his best run of fifth which he also scored at Kansas earlier this year.
The No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine driven by Ed Carpenter started from ninth place tonight and finished seventh, but that only reveals a glimpse of Carpenter's evening. Running in eighth, Carpenter stalled the engine on his first pit stop, thus falling all the way to the rear of the field in 16th. From there, he gained several spots but also went a lap down later in the race.
Thanks to a creative strategy by team manager and race strategist, Larry Curry, Carpenter's crew short fueled his car on the second to last set of caution laps, allowing Carpenter to get his lap back and charge back up through the field.
Carpenter's grit and determination gave him a seventh place finish and his fifth top-10 of the season. In spite of earning his best career finish at Kentucky, he dropped one position to 15th in the championship point standings.
Vision Racing made a great deal of history tonight on the 1.5-mile oval of Kentucky Speedway as they started and finished all three cars in the top-10. The team will head to Infineon Raceway this week for an open test on the road course before taking a weekend off from racing.
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was obviously really good for us and really good for my team. We just had some great pit stops and that's what really got me up there. We were running well and in the top-10 all day long, but it was those pit stops that got me up there. We were in the lead there with 12 to go and obviously, Tony (Kanaan) was very strong so I couldn't hold him off and then Scott (Dixon) snuck through under there as well. But, it was good and I raced clean all day with everybody so there was no reason to change that, there at the end. It's just very good for the team and I owe it all to my guys who gave me great pit stops and my engineer, Matt Curry, gave me a good car today."
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was a good run. We would have liked to have been a little higher up as we ran higher up throughout the evening, but I think that last yellow just really caught us out. Overall it was a good job for our team with a top-five and a top-three finish. I'm just happy for Anthony (Foyt) and the whole team. It was a great race for us so now we just need to build off of that."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was good. I kind of messed the race up for the whole team. I came in on that first pit stop under yellow and the guys put down a really quick stop. I think I got a little too excited because I was so proud of them on the stop and just stalled it. That caused us to have to fight back the rest of the race. It's hard once you lose that much track position to go back and make it up. Larry (Curry) made a really good call that second to last yellow to come in and just put in enough fuel to go a little while so we could get back out in front of everyone and get the wave around. We did that and I was running up in the top-six there for a while, but we had to come back in and get fuel and tires to make it to the end. That last stint then I was running by myself and I didn't quite have enough speed there on my own to gain any more track position. Above all, it was a really good day for Vision Racing. A.J. (Foyt) got in there in third, Tomas (Scheckter) got in there in fifth, and with me in seventh that's a really good achievement for the team. We just need to keep building on this momentum. Now we'll head to Sonoma (California) this week to test and hopefully we can gain some ground there to keep it going for the team."