VISION RACING QUALIFIES FOR FIRST TIME AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio -- The IndyCar Series and Vision Racing have officially made their debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course under blue skies and alongside a heavy fan presence at the 2.4-mile,...
VISION RACING QUALIFIES FOR FIRST TIME AT MID-OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- The IndyCar Series and Vision Racing have officially made their debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course under blue skies and alongside a heavy fan presence at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn facility.
Team drivers Tomas Scheckter, A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter will start 12th, 14th and 16th in tomorrow's Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance, and while the trio would have liked to have been faster, they know that a strong finish is not out of reach. A little luck and attrition, combined with consistent laps, good pitstops and a clean race can propel the team into the top-10.
Scheckter has finished in the top-10, six times this season and is currently 10th in points. Driving the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, he will be making his first start at Mid-Ohio. The South African had trouble in practice this morning when his car slid off track and made contact with the wall, but his crew was able to repair the damage sustained to the rear suspension prior to qualifying.
This season on road/street courses Scheckter scored a sixth place finish after starting 8th on the streets of St. Petersburg. That sixth place run matches the team's top road/street course finish as his teammate Carpenter finished sixth at Watkins Glen last year. At Watkins Glen, Scheckter did not fair as well as he nursed an ill-handling car to finish 13th after starting in the same position.
Foyt, who drives the team's No. 22 Honda powered Dallara entry, has been running at the finish in all but three races this season. He will be looking to make it nine running finishes on the season tomorrow. Foyt also had a setback this morning when a problem with the steering kept him off the track for much of the practice session.
The Texan has just two road/street course races under his belt in his IndyCar Series career, and in spite of his inexperience, he has made the most of each opportunity by finishing both events. On the streets of St. Petersburg, Foyt started 17th and finished 13th and at Watkins Glen he started 16th and ended the race in 15th.
Carpenter will be making his debut to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, and while relatively new to road and street course racing, he does share the team's highest finish on a road/street course. Last season, Carpenter took sixth at Watkins Glen International. However, on road and street course this season, Carpenter has not had such good fortune. In the second race of the season on the streets of St. Petersburg, Carpenter started 16th and ran as high as 10th, but an incident with teammate, Foyt, ended his race early and left him in 18th. Recently at Watkins Glen, Carpenter started 17th and ran very strong, consistent laps to be running at the finish in 12th position
The 85-lap, 191.93-mile event will air live on Sunday, July 22nd, at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, 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
Starting Position: 12th
"We're running static, but we are working on it. We identified some problems and we are slowing creeping up on it, plus I had a mistake this morning and I think that's what really set us back. So we are just really working hard and trying to get a good racecar here for tomorrow."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Starting Position: 14th
"Unfortunately, I didn't get out there much in this morning due to the problems we had so that hurt, but overall it was an okay run. I am still trying to get the hang of driving these road courses so it's frustrating sometimes, but we just keep working at it and its coming. The run wasn't too bad, but we've gone faster so that's disappointing. We've got an okay car for tomorrow so we will just try and run a clean race, stay out of trouble and see where we shake out."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing
Starting Position: 16th
"I've still got a long way to go when it comes to road racing. Any progress that I've made seems to to get lost because all the other teams, cars and drivers have gotten better. So I am constantly playing catch up. It's a lot of fun when you are out there driving until you come in and look at the speed charts and then it's not so much fun. It hurts the pride a little bit, but I've just got to keep working at it. The single-lap qualifying is really hard for me and I haven't done a good job at that once all season. I just haven't been putting in good laps during qualifying. Not that I ever put in great laps, but I can definitely do better than what I've been doing in qualifying. These road races make for long weekends for me because I have to run a clean race and try and salvage any points that I can."