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VISION RACING COMPLETES QUALIFYING AT INFINEON RACEWAY SONOMA, Calif. -- Vision Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter qualified 11th, 14th, and 15th, respectively, on the 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course at ...

VISION RACING COMPLETES QUALIFYING AT INFINEON RACEWAY

SONOMA, Calif. -- Vision Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter qualified 11th, 14th, and 15th, respectively, on the 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course at Infineon Raceway today in preparation for Sunday's Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Foyt takes to Infineon Raceway coming off of his career-best and team-high matching third place run at Kentucky.

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We were okay. We know that these next two tracks are not exactly the best for our team, but we've done a good job and have been working hard at it. Our road course performance is certainly not a result of a lack of trying. We've definitely got things going in the right direction; we just haven't found that setup that we need yet."

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

"The wind picked up and there was a big tail wind and I probably took it a little too conservative after I saw everybody sliding off. But, there is a lot more tail wind blowing through there than in practice and that makes it a lot harder under braking. The track is definitely a lot harder to drive than it was this morning. It's a lot hotter out so there's not quite as much grip. I was hoping to go a little quicker than what we just went, but it looks like the track might have slowed down a little bit too."

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

"It's been kind of a tough weekend. We found some speed this last practice, but I just screwed up in qualifying. I went out and tried way too hard and I ended up quite a bit slower than I was in practice. It's unfortunate for the guys, but I tried my best for them and screwed up. That happens sometimes so we'll just have to try and get it back in the race."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter