IRL: Kentucky: Vision Racing race report

VISION RACING OUT EARLY DUE TO MECHANICAL FAILURE SPARTA, Kentucky -- Vision Racing has only suffered two mechanical failures all season, but unfortunately they've both occurred in the last two races. An engine failure at the Michigan ...

VISION RACING OUT EARLY DUE TO MECHANICAL FAILURE

SPARTA, Kentucky -- Vision Racing has only suffered two mechanical failures all season, but unfortunately they've both occurred in the last two races. An engine failure at the Michigan International Speedway for the Firestone Indy 400 made for an early exit, and today a failure with the rear of the car on lap 68 of 200 forced the team out early in the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. To add insult to injury, the failure caused Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter to suffer a hard hit against the turn one wall, resulting in heavy damage to the right side of the #20 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone. Carpenter exited the car under his own power, was taken to the infield care center and released.

Starting in 21st position, Carpenter quickly fell to 23rd position as his car was not able to keep up with the race pack. Shortly after, Scott Dixon's engine expired on lap 28 causing the first yellow of the day. Carpenter then moved to 22nd position and held that until the crash. Carpenter and Vision Racing acquired their sixth DNF in twelve races, but only the second DNF attributed to a mechanical failure. With just five races left in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, reliability and consistency will be Vision Racing's main focus as they look to build a positive momentum heading into the off-season.

The IndyCar Series schedule continues Sunday, Aug. 21, from Pikes Peak International Raceway. ABC Sports will provide live coverage of the 225-lap/225-mile Honda Indy 225 beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Ed Carpenter, #20 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone: On the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300: "We were struggling out there today. I think our motor was about to blow up too, because it was slowing down every lap, it felt like. But something broke going into (turn) one. It felt like someone rear-ended me, but obviously nobody rear-ended me. Something let go on the back of the car. I'm not sure what it was, but I'm sure once we get the car back, we'll be able to take a look at it and see what happened. It's just unfortunate. We've got a race at Pikes Peak next week, the truck leaves on Tuesday, and this is our Pikes Peak racecar so we've got a lot of work to do in the next couple of days."

About Ed Carpenter: Ed Carpenter is participating in his sophomore season in the IRL IndyCar Series, and is with his second team in Vision Racing. The 24-year-old made his IndyCar debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2003 for PDM Racing, which made him the first driver to compete in an IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series event and an IndyCar Series event on the same weekend. Carpenter's rookie season with Red Bull Cheever Racing also saw his best start (7th at Texas Motor Speedway) and his best finish (7th at Kentucky Speedway). The 2003 graduate of Butler University IN Indianapolis, Ind., is engaged and currently

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