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VISION RACING LOOKS TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM THIS WEEKEND AT INFINEON THIRD PLACE AND THREE TOP-TENS IN LAST RACE HAS TEAM EAGER FOR MORE ACTION INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 22, 2007) -- Vision Racing will return to Northern California wine country...

VISION RACING LOOKS TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM THIS WEEKEND AT INFINEON
THIRD PLACE AND THREE TOP-TENS IN LAST RACE HAS TEAM EAGER FOR MORE ACTION

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 22, 2007) -- Vision Racing will return to Northern California wine country for the third time to race at Infineon Raceway this weekend. Most recently, team drivers A.J. Foyt IV, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter gave the team its best-ever collective start and finish in the last race so the Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel provides the trio with their next opportunity to continue that momentum.

The team's best finish at Infineon was scored last season by Carpenter who came in 12th. However, they anticipate that the best is yet to come on the 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course as they were afforded valuable testing time on the track just last week. Combine that with the team's three top-10 finishes at Kentucky Speedway and expectations are high.

In spite of never racing at Infineon Raceway in his IndyCar Series career, Foyt does have time behind the wheel of his No. 22 Honda powered Dallara on the road course thanks to a test last week. In addition, Foyt has been running at the finish in each of the three road/street course events this season.

Things look even brighter for Foyt at the moment given his career-best and team-high matching third place run at Kentucky in his most recent outing. But, he's quick not to let his successes get the best of him as Infineon's tricky track layout has his attention.

Foyt said, "This is probably the hardest road course so far for me. Coming over the rises and stuff, not knowing exactly where you're going to land on the corners has been tough. Just having more confidence and knowing where I'm going to end up, is where all my speed is right now. It's very fun and very physical. It's very fast at some points and very slow at some points. It is very challenging overall which should lead to a great race."

In Scheckter's first attempt at Infineon Raceway in 2005 with Panther Racing, he started 14th, but finished 16th after suffering suspension failure. Last year with Vision Racing, he started 18th and finished 17th in the No. 2 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara.

"I haven't really come to grips with this track yet," Scheckter noted. "I suppose coming from Europe, our tracks are a lot wider and smoother and a lot less elevation changes. But, we had a good test and hopefully we have the car going in the right direction for when we come back for the race weekend. We haven't had the sort of success at Infineon in the past as we would like, so hopefully the testing will allow us to have a better race this time around."

Scheckter is coming off his eighth top-10 finish of the 2007 IndyCar Series season with a fifth place finish at Kentucky. That run also put him back into the top-10 for the Series championship point standings.

Rounding out the Vision Racing trio, Carpenter is also coming off a top-10 finish at Kentucky as he ended up seventh. That was also Carpenter's fifth top-10 of the season.

In his first attempt at Infineon Raceway, Carpenter started 20th and finished 15th with Vision Racing in 2005. Just last season he started 16th and finished 12th, which is also the team's best run there. He's hoping for even more for him and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine this year given the team's recent test there.

"It's good for the team to have gone out there and get some testing in last week. We haven't been able to test that much this year and I feel fortunate to get some testing and try some things we wouldn't be able to get in during a race weekend. It's always good to get out and learn more and get more seat time. The more we do it, the more comfortable we get. So hopefully this weekend I'll feel a bit more confident for the race and the one-lap qualifying format and we can get out of Infineon with a good finish."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Ed Carpenter
Teams Panther Racing