IRL: Watkins Glen: Vision Racing qualifying report

CLEAN, CONSISTENT RACE IS FOCUS FOR VISION RACING AFTER QUALIFYING AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, New York -- While finding the right set-up to master the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International has not been easy to discover for Vision...

CLEAN, CONSISTENT RACE IS FOCUS FOR VISION RACING AFTER QUALIFYING AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, New York -- While finding the right set-up to master the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International has not been easy to discover for Vision Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter, A.J. Foyt IV, and Ed Carpenter, the focus for tomorrow's Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix is crystal clear.

"Clean and consistent" seems to be the constant theme running throughout the three Vision Racing pit stalls, which is a run plan that has worked for the team before, on the tricky 3.37-mile track. Last year at The Glen, clean racing and consistent lap times, along with some good strategy allowed Scheckter to led 12 laps as he and Carpenter both finished in the top-10.

Scheckter, Foyt and Carpenter will start 13th, 16th and 17th in tomorrow's race, thus, staying out of trouble, running hard and taking advantage of competitor mistakes will be paramount.

Scheckter has finished in the top-10, six times this season and is currently 10th in points. Driving the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, he will be making his third start at Watkins Glen.

Scheckter's first race at The Glen was with Panther Racing when he started 10th, but a mechanical failure ended his race early and left him in 20th position. Last year for Vision Racing, Scheckter started 15th, drove all the way to the front and led 12 laps early in the race and eventually finished 10th.

Foyt, who will be making his debut at Watkins Glen this weekend in the team's No. 22 Honda powered Dallara entry, has been running at the finish in all but three race this season. He will be looking to make it seven running finishes on the season tomorrow.

When the IndyCar Series visited the road course at Watkins Glen International for the first time in 2005, Carpenter started in the 20th spot and worked his way up to 14th to finish the race. Last year's drive which featured an 18th place start, a drive all the way up to fifth, and a sixth place finish in what is currently a personal and team best road course finish for Carpenter and Vision Racing.

Coming into the 10th of 17 IndyCar Series races, Carpenter has back-to-back top-10 finishes at Iowa and Richmond. With a bit of clean and consistent racing, he may have an opportunity to make it three in a row on Sunday.

The 60-lap, 204-mile Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International will air live on Sunday, July 8th, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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

"We've struggled the whole weekend to find the right setup. We've gone from one package to the next and we can't seem to get it right. We've been right on with some street tracks and at Mid-Ohio we had a good test, and we came here thinking we had a better package, but we're still looking for that magic setup. Hopefully we'll have a good, consistent race tomorrow and come out of here with a top-10."

A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"The guys did a good job of getting the car back and ready for me, even before the evening session yesterday because of my run off. It was unfortunate that I did that, but since then we've been getting better and better and still trying to get use to the one-lap qualifying thing. It's kind of tough to just go out there and run a great lap down on your first one, but I think our time is reasonable for what our times have been all weekend. So we'll just take it, go race, and hopefully keep it on track and come out of here with a good finish."

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

"I ran a lot better in practice so I kind of disappointed myself in qualifying. We just have to try and work our strategy and run a good race. Usually there is a lot of attrition in road racing and we just need to run a good race and see what happens. Last year we had the rain to play with, but this year I don't think we'll have that so we'll just have to see where we end up."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , Ed Carpenter
Teams Panther Racing