IRL: Texas: Vision Racing Saturday report

VISION RACING CONCLUDES PRACTICE AT TEXAS AND LOOKS TO TAKE HOME FIRST WIN FT. WORTH, Texas -- The stifling Texas heat proved no match for Vision Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter as both looked very strong in both IndyCar Series...

VISION RACING CONCLUDES PRACTICE AT TEXAS AND LOOKS TO TAKE HOME FIRST WIN

FT. WORTH, Texas -- The stifling Texas heat proved no match for Vision Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter as both looked very strong in both IndyCar Series practice sessions today at Texas Motor Speedway as the team prepares for the Bombardier Learjet 500k.

Scheckter, who earned the team's best qualifying spot yesterday of 5th, looks to score a repeat win at Texas Motor Speedway. In the day's first practice session he was sixth quick with a top speed of 212.202 mph. In the evening warm-up session, Scheckter was ninth quick, but gained a bit of speed with a best lap of 212.794. Scheckter put in a total of 81laps today in the #2 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Scheckter started from the pole last year at Texas for Panther Racing where he led 119 laps and drove to victory on the 1.5-mile oval. The defending champion has also started from the pole a total of three times at Texas Motor Speedway. In his IndyCar Series career, Scheckter has eight career poles, two career wins and 1,346 laps led. Most recently Scheckter led 12 laps at Watkins Glen International on Sunday and finished 10th. He will look to give Vision Racing and Rock & Republic their first win on Saturday night.

Putting in a total of 71 laps in the #20 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Carpenter was seventh quick in the first practice today with a top speed of 211.808 mph. He then came back in the evening warm-up to turn a best lap of 212.502 mph and was 11th on the speed charts. In fact, Carpenter will start tomorrow's race in the 11th spot, yet qualified 12th yesterday. Bryan Herta of Andretti Green Racing actually qualified 11th yesterday, but will be forced to the back of the field for an engine change so Carpenter will now take the green flag from the 11th position.

Carpenter is also coming off the team's highest finish of sixth scored last weekend at Watkins Glen International, and is on a bit of a roll lately as he's finished the last two races by scoring an 11th place finish at Indianapolis two weeks ago. Both Carpenter and Scheckter plan on mixing it up tomorrow night at the front of the pack with the hopes of earning Vision Racing their first ever IndyCar Series win.

Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On practice:
"It was good. We could probably use just a little bit more work before the race, but it's Texas and with racing here, anything can happen. The racing here is crazy, I'm really looking forward to it and I think we've got a good car for the race."

Ed Carpenter -- #20 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On practice:
"Practice was good, but it was a typical Texas warm-up session as it was pretty crazy out there. Nobody seems to want to be the leader there at the end, but the car is pretty good. We've got a little work to do, but we can make it a little better. All in all I think we've got a pretty good car for tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Bryan Herta , Ed Carpenter
Teams Panther Racing