IRL: Vision Racing Homestead test 2006-03-05

VISION RACING COMPLETES TEST WITH 6th and 10th PLACE FINISHES ON OVAL HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The final session of testing proved to be Vision Racing's most successful session in the three-day Indy Racing League IndyCar Series open-test at ...

VISION RACING COMPLETES TEST WITH 6th and 10th PLACE FINISHES ON OVAL

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The final session of testing proved to be Vision Racing's most successful session in the three-day Indy Racing League IndyCar Series open-test at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After spending the first two days on the 2.21-mile road course, Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter, respectively driving the #20 and #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone notched best efforts of 13th and 16th in the 18-car field.

However, a day on the oval proved to be much different for Vision Racing. After a slow start in the morning the duo put together a nice afternoon of testing on the 1.5-mile oval. Carpenter finished up in the 6th spot while Scheckter rounded out the top 10.

Leaving the test on a strong note puts the team in a good position to return to Homestead-Miami Speedway and reach new success. The Series will return to South Florida later in the month for the Toyota Indy 300 on March 26, 2006.

Ed Carpenter -- #20 Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On final day of open test:
"I think today caught everyone a little off guard since we are all running a little less downforce than what we are used to. I think that caused everyone to take a little time to adjust. It's just one of those things you have to deal with so you find a way to make it work. So that's what we focused on the rest of the day and we had a good car. We just kept working on the racecar and got it pretty good, and then we just kept trying things and going a little faster. We were able to go out with a group of cars and get in a good tow and ended up 6th quickest. I'm happy with that because it's been a long time since we've run towards the front. Overall it was a good test and I think we are setting ourselves up to have some good racecars when we come back."

On entire open test:
"The road testing days were really productive for me. I need laps on the road course and I feel like that every time that I get to get on the road course everything starts to feel better and more comfortable. I'm still not going to be where I need to be by the end of this season, but every time I get a little better and as long as I keep improving then I'll be happy. As far as the oval goes, we started off the day a little slow, but I think we showed some character and rebounded well by the end of the day."

Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On final day of open test:
"I think today went alright and we learned a lot. This was our first high-speed oval so I think everyone on the team learned quite a bit. In the end we were able to put together a solid afternoon doing some race-run type set-ups and I'm happy with the way the day went."

On entire open test:
"It feels like we've been gone a long time given the off-season so I'm glad to be back. The entire Vision Racing team has had a good time at the test and we've learned a lot. Now we can move on to the race and get it done."

About Ed Carpenter: Ed Carpenter is preparing for his third season in the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series, and his second year with sophomore-team, Vision Racing. The twenty-four-year old made his IndyCar debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2003 for PDM Racing, which made him the first driver to compete in an Indy Racing League Indy Pro Series event and an IndyCar Series event on the same weekend. Carpenter's rookie season with Red Bull Cheever Racing also saw his best start (seventh at Texas Motor Speedway) and his best finish (seventh at Kentucky Speedway). The 2003 graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., is married and currently resides in Speedway, Ind.

About Tomas Scheckter: Tomas Scheckter joins Vision Racing this season in a newly added second Indy Racing League IndyCar entry. Scheckter has two wins, eight poles, and 1,311 laps led, in four seasons of IndyCar competition. Scheckter's 2005 performance with Panther Racing was quite impressive with a win at Texas, three poles (Homestead, Texas and Nashville) as well as nine top-five starts and seven top-five finishes. The twenty-five-year old, Cape Town, South African native is the son of 1979 Formula One Champion Jody Scheckter. He enjoys golf, wakeboarding, cycling, remote control cars, and currently resides in Indianapolis, Ind.

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing was formed in February 2005 when Indy Racing League founder Tony George and his wife Laura purchased the assets of Kelley Racing from Tom Kelley. In February 2006, actor Patrick Dempsey, the star of the ABC drama "Grey's Anatomy," officially joined the team. Dempsey's personal racing endeavors and his passion for motorsports led him to partner with Tony and Laura George. In its second year of existence, Vision Racing has its sights set on consistent top ten finishes and its first win. The team's driver lineup consists of a promising IndyCar Series tandem in Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter.

About Toyota Indy 300: Held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Toyota Indy 300 begins Friday, March 24 for practice with additional practice and qualifying held on Saturday, March 25th. The 200-lap, 300-mile race starts at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, March 26 and will be broadcast live on ABC, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 152, "XM Extreme" and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tony George , Jody Scheckter , Patrick Dempsey , Ed Carpenter
Teams Panther Racing