Kansas: Vision Racing preview

VISION RACING LOOKS FOR REDEMPTION AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY TEAM READY TO REBOUND FROM MOTEGI WOES INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 24, 2008) -- For Vision Racing, the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway this Sunday is a shot at redemption; a...

VISION RACING LOOKS FOR REDEMPTION AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
TEAM READY TO REBOUND FROM MOTEGI WOES

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 24, 2008) -- For Vision Racing, the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway this Sunday is a shot at redemption; a chance to take care of unfinished business lingering from last weekend's race at Twin Ring Motegi.

The team headed to Japan with the mindset that anything less than a podium finish would not suffice. In spite of having cars that could run with the leaders, team drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV experienced their fair share of race woes and mishaps.

Carpenter was able to overcome much of his race adversities to salvage a sixth place finish in the No. 20 Menards Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. However, the misfortunes got the best of Foyt and the team's No. 2 Honda powered Dallara as contact with the turn four wall ended his race early in the 15th position.

If nothing else, the Motegi hardships and the abundance of time to think about that race over the more than 6,000 miles traveled back home, has the team eager to take to Kansas Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval. The goal of landing Vision Racing on the podium still stands. Now the opportunity awaits.

Carpenter has four previous attempts at Kansas Speedway. In 2004 he finished in 14th (running) with Cheever Racing, in 2005 with Vision Racing he finished 17th (running), while in 2006 he started and finished from the 16th (running) spot. Last year was the first time Carpenter did not finish the race at Kansas. After starting 13th, he was running in fifth and attempting to pass lapped traffic when he went high on the race track and spun into a crash. He was credited with a 17th place finish. Cracking the top-10 at Kansas won't be enough for Carpenter as only the podium will do.

"Our mile and a half oval package is strong this year so I am excited about going to Kansas, Carpenter said. "Last weekend we showed that we could run with the leaders, but we ended up hurting ourselves in the race. So we have to eliminate the mistakes and give ourselves a chance to get on the podium and win a race. I think Kansas is a perfect place to get ourselves on the podium so I am ready for this race. A good finish at Kansas can set us up well for a good month of May and our Indy 500 program as well."

In four previous attempts at Kansas Speedway, Foyt's best finish is ninth just last season with Vision Racing after starting 15th. In his other three attempts, he finished 15th in 2003 (engine), 13th in 2004 (running) and 16th in 2005 (running). He will be making his fifth attempt overall and second with Vision Racing at Kansas in 2008 as he looks to get the team's first podium finish this season.

Foyt said, "I am looking forward to going to Kansas just so we can get back to racing and put our Japan performance behind us. We've shown that we can be good on these ovals so we just have to make sure that we take advantage that this weekend and come out of their with a good result. That should help us not only help us improve our position in the point standings, but give us some momentum for Indy as well."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Ed Carpenter