IRL: Nashville: Vision Racing race report

VISION RACING FINISHES ALL THREE CARS AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY LEBANON, Tenn. -- For the second week in a row all three Vision Racing drivers were running at the finish and this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for the Firestone Indy 200,...

VISION RACING FINISHES ALL THREE CARS AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY

LEBANON, Tenn. -- For the second week in a row all three Vision Racing drivers were running at the finish and this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for the Firestone Indy 200, team drivers Tomas Scheckter, A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter finished 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.

The 200-lap race was originally scheduled for Saturday evening, but rain showers postponed the affair until today.

Scheckter started 12th in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, ran as high as sixth in the race, and finished just outside the top-10 in the 11th spot. Just before the yellow flag came out on 189 for Kosuke Matsuura who hit the turn four wall, Scheckter was in the 10th position, but Vitor Meira got around him just as the yellow came out.

Foyt led the charge for the team today by taking the green flag in the 11th spot. He ran as high as seventh in the race and finished 12th. It was Foyt's fourth start at Nashville Superspeedway and in all four attempts he has been running at the finish. Today's finish in the No. 22 Honda powered Dallara matches his best previous run on the 1.33-mile concrete oval when he finished 12th in 2005. He has been running at the finish in 8 of 11 races this season.

Carpenter qualified the No. 22 Hitachi Power Tools special in the 14th spot, but a failed post-qualifying inspection on the No. 55 car moved him up to 13th for the start of the race. Carpenter experienced an airjack failure in his final pit stop on lap 153. The incident cost him precious time in the pits and played a factor in his 14th place finish.

All three Vision Racing drivers will keep their same spot in the IndyCar Series point championship standings. Scheckter will remain in the 10th spot for the fifth straight week in a row while Carpenter holds on to the 14th spot and Foyt keeps 17th position.

Next weekend the IndyCar Series heads to the concrete Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time in IndyCar Series history for the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio, presented by Westfield Insurance. 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

"Unfortunately, I felt like we should have definitely been in the top-10 today and we weren't able to do that. We were in the top-10 when Kosuke (Matsuura) crashed and Vitor (Meira) got by me just as the yellow came out and that hurt us. I tried to track down Vitor just before the finish, but this track is extremely difficult to pass on and to race anybody here is tough, for sure. I just have to thank my guys for their hard work this weekend and we'll get ready to have a better showing next week at Mid-Ohio."

A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We had a better car than what we showed out there today. We just ran hard all day and kept things clean, but getting a run on somebody and getting by them is really tough. We had a good car though and I just want to thank my guys for that. They did great all weekend, I just wish we could have finished where I felt we should have."

Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"This wasn't our best showing. We had some understeer throughout the race at different points in the track which made the car difficult to drive, but we also had some bad pit stops with the air jack failure and just didn't have a good day. This is just a tough track to race with only being one groove to pretty much drive. That makes passing extremely difficult and the field tends to get spread out. Combine that with the other problems we had and it just made for a difficult race. Fortunately, we did finish and brought the car home in one piece, but I just wish it would have went a bit better."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , Kosuke Matsuura , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira