IRL: Nashville: Vision Racing qualifying report

VISION RACING TO START NINTH AND 14th AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, qualified ninth and 14th, respectively, on a very warm afternoon at the Nashville Superspeedway in ...

VISION RACING TO START NINTH AND 14th AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, qualified ninth and 14th, respectively, on a very warm afternoon at the Nashville Superspeedway in preparation for Saturday's Firestone Indy 200. When the green flag drops on tomorrow's 200-lap/266-mile event, Scheckter will look to finish in the top-10 for the fifth race in a row and Carpenter will look to start a new streak of top-10s.

Scheckter earned his fourth top-10 start of the 2006 IndyCar Season on the 1.3-mile concrete oval at Nashville and he hopes that starting in the top ten is a prelude to finishing in the top-10. Scheckter is challenging for his fifth top-10 finish in a row after recording a pair of seventh place finishes at Kansas and Richmond and finishing in 10th both at Texas and Watkins Glen. Scheckter qualified today in the ninth spot with a two-lap average speed of 200.426 mph. His best finish at Nashville is 10th, of which he scored in 2003.

Scheckter has had a good day at Nashville thus far. He has completed strong, consistent runs all day and was eighth quick overall in the two practice sessions before qualifying. He will return to the track this evening in the #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone for a full-fuel, 30-minute practice session which will be his last time on track before tomorrow evening's race.

Carpenter was not as happy with his car, the #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, as he qualified in the 14th spot. Carpenter's two-lap qualifying speed of 199.512 mph is actually his fastest of the weekend thus far, but he is still not satisfied with the result.

Prior to the last race at Kansas, Carpenter had three top-10 finishes in a row and he is urgently working to start a new streak at Nashville. In fact, Carpenter recorded his career-best and the team's best finish in the 6th spot at Watkins Glen this season. Last year at Nashville with Vision Racing, Carpenter started from the 22nd position and finished in what was the team's highest finish of 2005 in the 10th spot. He will attempt to meet or beat that finish by finding more speed in tonight's 30-minute practice session before taking the green flag tomorrow.

The Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will air Saturday evening, July 15th, at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On qualifying and practice:

"The team has done a good job today. We really put our heads together during practice to get the car up to speed and everyone did a good job to get us where we are now. Obviously, we still need to go out and find a little more speed, but overall I'm happy with that and I'm hoping that by starting in the top-10 we'll finish again in the top-10."

Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On qualifying and practice:

"I wish we could have qualified better than we did. We really threw a lot at that qualifying attempt, but it still didn't get us where we would have liked. We feel like we haven't been aggressive enough in our qualifying runs so we got really aggressive today, but I was hoping we'd fair a little better than what we did. We'll take a look at it again and try and find some more speed for the race and hopefully we'll get back into the top-10 tomorrow night."

-VR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Ed Carpenter