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CARPENTER TAKES TWELFTH AT INFINEON FOR VISION RACING SONOMA, Calif. -- Vision Racing drivers, Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter, finished 12th and 17th respectively at Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma this afternoon. Carpenter...

CARPENTER TAKES TWELFTH AT INFINEON FOR VISION RACING

SONOMA, Calif. -- Vision Racing drivers, Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter, finished 12th and 17th respectively at Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma this afternoon. Carpenter started the race in 16th and drove a consistent race in the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone by advancing four spots and earning a new best finish at the 2.26-mile road course.

Scheckter's efforts on track did not prove as fruitful. Starting in the 18th spot after an electrical failure did not allow him to qualify; Scheckter jumped out early and was running in the 12th spot by lap fifteen. However, a flat right front tire sent him to the pits on lap seventeen. On lap 30, Scheckter returned to the pits with a left rear brake line failure.

The team quickly took the car back to the garage for repair and rallied to get the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone back into the race on lap 48. Scheckter then ran until additional finishing spots and championship points were out of contention. He returned to the pits and finished the race with 16 laps remaining.

Scheckter remains in the top-ten in IndyCar Series driver championship points, but drops from eighth to tenth. Scheckter is just six points behind Danica Patrick heading into the final race of the season. Meanwhile, Carpenter remains in the 14th spot in driver championship points.

IndyCar Series action gets underway again on Sunday, Sept. 10th at Chicagoland Speedway for the final race of the season; the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300. Both Carpenter and Scheckter look to get the team a pair of top-five finishes in the 200-lap/300-mile event. Coverage will air Sunday, Sept. 10, 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.

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

On race: "The race wasn't too bad for me today. One of the ways that I can get better on road courses is to run the whole race and ever since last year at St. Petersburg, I've been able to do that. I feel like I get a little better every time I go out. This is a hard race, with a couple of really long stints. I would have liked to have finished a little better, but early I wasn't quite quick enough to get up in the field. It just took me a little too long to get my rhythm. So I got behind early, but I was happy with the lap times I was running at the end and I feel like I improved this weekend. So when we come back here next year I know I'll be a little bit better again."

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

On race: "It was a tough weekend for the entire team. Not being able to qualify, then a flat tire during the race, then later the brake line failure really hurt our weekend. It's a pity that we couldn't advance any more points when we went back out. The team worked hard to get the car back out there, but things just didn't work in our favor. I'm ready to move on and put on a good show at Chicago. We have really been improving with our oval package and I expect good things for the final race."

-credit: VR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Danica Patrick , Ed Carpenter