CARPENTER RECORDS BEST INDYCAR START; VISION RACING WILL TAKE GREEN FLAG IN FOURTH AND EIGHTH AT MICHIGAN BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, will start fourth at the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International ...
CARPENTER RECORDS BEST INDYCAR START; VISION RACING WILL TAKE GREEN FLAG IN FOURTH AND EIGHTH AT MICHIGAN
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, will start fourth at the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Carpenter's teammate, Tomas Scheckter, qualified in eighth for the second week in a row. This marks Vision Racing's second top-ten in two races by both cars and the team's best-ever collective start.
Carpenter's previous best IndyCar Series start came during his rookie season at Texas Motor Speedway when he started seventh. He matched that start last week at The Milwaukee Mile and now his new career best start of fourth has come in the same season as his career-best finish of sixth; scored at Watkins Glen International in June.
Carpenter hopes the new best start is a prelude to shaking off previous bad luck at Michigan in the previous two seasons. In 2004, Carpenter started in 15th and finished in the 14th spot. Last year he started in 22nd, but a mechanical failure took him out early and left him in the 23rd position. He will look to use the team's recent success and a strong start to break into the top-five tomorrow.
Scheckter qualified in eighth for the second straight week and in the top-ten for the seventh time this season. Last week's eighth place start led to a third place finish at Milwaukee and Scheckter hopes that it serves him equally as well or better this weekend.
Starting and finishing up front at Michigan is nothing new to Scheckter. He scored his first IndyCar Series victory and third pole during his rookie season at Michigan in 2002. In 2003, he again started from the pole and finished third. Last year he started second and finished third. In his four previous attempts at Michigan, Scheckter's average starting position is fourth and his average finish is sixth.
When the green flag drops on tomorrow's 200-lap/400-mile event, both Carpenter and Scheckter will contend for the team's seventh top-ten finish in a row and second top-three finish in two races.
Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (July 29, 2006)
Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On qualifying and practice: "We've been working hard all year and you know we've had good race cars everywhere we've been. For a couple races I was struggling with qualifying and we've really been putting a lot of effort into our qualifying to get our starting spots up. It makes it easier when you start with the quick guys here because you just hang on to them. The race car has been great up here in Michigan and it's been fast since we've unloaded it and I'm really looking forward tomorrow's race."
Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On qualifying and practice: "The car has been really good, but we've seemed kind of slow on the straights. We're looking at it and we'll get it figured it out before tomorrow's race. The team had two successful qualifying runs so we are in a strong position heading into tomorrow's race."