CARPENTER DRIVES TO SIXTH PLACE FINISH FOR VISION RACING AT KENTUCKY
SPARTA, Kentucky -Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter earned his seventh top-10 finish of the season after he took sixth in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. In his fifth attempt at Kentucky, Carpenter earned a new best finish at the track as well as his third top-ten there. He also set the fastest lap of the race.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine started eighth and held the third spot when he was forced to come in for a splash of fuel with just nine laps remaining. He returned to a shuffling field as fellow drivers pitted for fuel and eventually took sixth.
Carpenter also managed to make gains in the IndyCar Series championship point standings; moving up from 13th into the 11th spot (282 points).
Unfortunately for teammate A.J. Foyt IV, his race came to an end following his third pit stop when he had to bring the car back in on lap 136 due to a mechanical failure originally attributed to the gearbox. He was running in the eighth position at the time.
The No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone crew worked tirelessly to get Foyt back into the race, but the problem could not be diagnosed or corrected. Thus, Foyt was relegated to the 20th spot and his first early exit in five starts at Kentucky. He started 10th and ran as high as eighth in the race.
The tough night caused Foyt to drop one spot in the championship point standings to 19th (231 points)
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race: "I lost sixth gear half way through the race but kept hoping for the best. Coming out of the pits on our last stop I just couldn't get it to upshift. The Vision crew took the no.02 Lilly car behind the wall and worked really hard trying to get her fixed but it just didn't happen for us. Not sure if it was gearbox or electronics. We'll take a look at it at the shop to see what the problem was exactly. I'm just really disappointed for the team and the Lilly folks that joined us at this race. We had hoped for a much better result than this."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race: "It was fun clean racing out there tonight. I raced hard with Hideki (Mutoh) and TK (Tony Kanaan), (Dan) Wheldon and (Ryan) Hunter-Reay. I should be happier with a sixth place finish than I am but we came here really wanting to get on the podium or battle for a win. It was a good day and we made up some ground on points. A couple of the other cars were a little quicker than me late in the race. We may have had a little too much downforce in the car late in the race when the track was in shadow but the Menards car was a really good car tonight. It's a good finish to get on an oval and score some points. How we'll just head go to Sonoma and Detroit and figure out how to do the same."