VISION RACING TAKES SEVENTH AND ELEVENTH AT KENTUCKY SPARTA, Ky. -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, both battled setbacks and challenges to finish strong in seventh and 11th, respectively, in the Meijer Indy 300...
VISION RACING TAKES SEVENTH AND ELEVENTH AT KENTUCKY
SPARTA, Ky. -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, both battled setbacks and challenges to finish strong in seventh and 11th, respectively, in the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret at Kentucky Speedway. This marks the eighth top-ten finish in a row for the team.
Scheckter ran an impressive race and advanced 10 spots to finish seventh in the 300-mile affair after starting from the 17th spot in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. He even ran as high as the fifth position by lap 77. The seventh place run today is Scheckter's best finish at Kentucky. His previous best finish at the 1.5-mile oval was 10th in 2003.
This is also Scheckter's sixth top-ten finish of the 2006 IndyCar Series season. The consistency has moved him up yet again in the driver championship point standings from ninth to eighth; the best-ever points position for a Vision Racing entry.
Carpenter got off to a great start after taking the green flag in the 8th spot. It was the third consecutive race that he and the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone qualified in the top-10 this season. Carpenter quickly jumped up to the fifth position until his first pit stop. Upon leaving the pits after taking four tires and fuel, Carpenter spun on cold tires at pit exit. This brought out the first caution of the race on lap 56.
The mistake cost Carpenter 12 spots as he stayed out and took the green flag in seventeenth. From that point, Carpenter and crew used strategy, determination and a very fast racecar to work back up through the field to finish in the 11th position. The strong effort also moved Carpenter up in the points from 15th to the 14th position.
IndyCar Series action gets underway again on Sunday, August 27th at the road course of Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Both Carpenter and Scheckter look to get the team back into the top-five and score a ninth top-ten finish in a row in the 80-lap/184-mile event. Coverage will air Sunday, Aug. 27, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, 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 was a good day overall. We qualified 17th and we brought it to seventh so I'm happy with that. I have to thank the guys. They did an unbelievable job on the pit stops. They've been working extremely hard and it's definitely paid off now. I just have got to give credit to everybody on the team for working so hard for this. It was a great team effort to finish seventh today."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I feel really sorry for the team today. I made a huge mistake on that first green flag pit stop when I was exiting the pits. I was just trying to get everything out of the car and I spun out. But, the car was just awesome today. That allowed us to battle back and get back into the race. I think if you take the Penske cars out of the equation we had the best car on the track. It's disappointing because the car was way better than where we finished today. The guys did an awesome job preparing this car all weekend and I missed a great opportunity today. But even so, everyone knows Vision Racing is here now. I'm very proud of this team and when we get back on an oval in Chicago, I won't make the same mistake for them."