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VISION RACING FINISHES RACE AND GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE SONONMA, Calif. -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, overcame adversity and frustration to finish the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway in 15th position. The team's...

VISION RACING FINISHES RACE AND GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE

SONONMA, Calif. -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, overcame adversity and frustration to finish the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway in 15th position. The team's goal was to finish the race and gain valuable experience in just their second road course start in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. They did that and despite finishing four laps down from the leader, Carpenter was able to advance five positions after starting in 20th position. Tony Kanaan of Andretti Green Racing went on to win the event.

The race was marred with several caution laps due to slide offs, spins, and collisions, including Carpenter's unfortunate spin early in the race on lap 14 of 80 laps. Chasing down Roger Yasukawa of Dreyer and Reinbold Racing, Carpenter spun in turn 11 and fell two laps behind the lead pace.

On lap 22 Carpenter entered the pits under caution to top off on fuel, but was unable to receive fuel due to dirt and debris covering the fuel buckeye. Carpenter was then forced to pit on the next lap to clean out the buckeye and actually take on fuel. This put Carpenter three laps down off the lead lap.

From there, Carpenter held on, found a rhythm and was able to notch his quickest laps of the weekend on laps 69 and 70. Not to mention, he was able to acquire some much needed experience as the remainder of the IndyCar schedule features yet another road course affair at Watkins Glen International Raceway on September 25, 2005.

The IndyCar Series schedule continues Sunday, Sept. 11, from Chicagoland Speedway. ABC Sports will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

On the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix:

"I was able to run all day, but I got into an accident where I spun out early on. That wasn't part of the plan, but we didn't hit anything, lost a lap and by the time I got going again I lost another lap so that was the big disappointment of the race. It just happened too early. The pack started pulling away a bit in the beginning and I started catching (Roger) Yasukawa and I just got a little excited and thought I was going to go get him, but ended up spinning out. I was glad I was able to get going and finish the rest of the laps. I learned a lot and I was able to turn my quickest laps of the weekend on old tires. I think that says a lot. I'm happy, I had fun, and I'm looking forward to our next road course race at Watkins Glen."

-vr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Roger Yasukawa , Ed Carpenter