IRL: Vision Racing files two Indy 500 entries

WARD JOINING CARPENTER AS VISION RACING FILES TWO INDY ENTRIES INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 7, 2005 -- New IndyCar® Series team Vision Racing filed two entries April 7 for the 89th Indianapolis 500, as veteran Jeff Ward will join the team's ...

WARD JOINING CARPENTER AS VISION RACING FILES TWO INDY ENTRIES

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 7, 2005 -- New IndyCar® Series team Vision Racing filed two entries April 7 for the 89th Indianapolis 500, as veteran Jeff Ward will join the team's regular driver, Ed Carpenter, in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

The addition of a second car for 1997 Indianapolis 500 JPMorgan Chase Bank Rookie of the Year Ward will see Vision put three cars on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May. USAC short-track standout Jay Drake will drive the team's Menards Infiniti Pro Series entry in the Futaba Freedom 100 on May 27.

The 89th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 29.

Ward, from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., will attempt to make his seventh career Indy start in the No. 22 Vision Racing LLC Dallara/Toyota/Firestone, with a backup entered.

Ward has recorded four top-10 finishes at Indianapolis, with a career best of second behind Kenny Brack in 1999. Ward finished third as a rookie in 1997 and fourth in 2000.

While his last start at Indianapolis came in 2002, Ward added to his winning credentials on two wheels by capturing the AMA Red Bull Supermoto championship in 2004. He has won six races over the past two seasons in the series.

The Supermoto title added to Ward's legend in motorcycle racing. He has won eight AMA national titles, more than any other rider, with the other seven coming in motocross and Supercross.

Ward was a regular competitor in the IndyCar Series from 1997-2002, winning in June 2002 at Texas in a thrilling race decided by .0111 of a second.

Carpenter, from Indianapolis, will attempt to make his second career Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 20 Vision Racing LLC Dallara/Toyota/Firestone, with a backup entered.

Inaugural Futaba Freedom 100 winner Carpenter, a former USAC short-track standout, started 16th and placed 31st as a rookie last year in the Indianapolis 500.

Kevin Kukulewicz is the chief mechanic for both Vision entries, while Larry Curry is the team manager.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Ward , Kenny Brack , Jay Drake , Ed Carpenter