VISION RACING MAKES WAY TO MILWAUKEE MILWAUKEE MILE PROVIDES CHANGE OF SCENARY FOR TEAM INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 29, 2008) -- As the IndyCar Series travels from one historic race track to the next, Vision Racing and drivers Ed Carpenter and...
VISION RACING MAKES WAY TO MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE MILE PROVIDES CHANGE OF SCENARY FOR TEAM
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 29, 2008) -- As the IndyCar Series travels from one historic race track to the next, Vision Racing and drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV are ready to try a change in venue. After spending the month at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500, heading to the legendary Milwaukee Mile this weekend will be a welcomed change of pace.
However, Carpenter may well be wishing to stay put in Indianapolis given his fifth place finish on the 2.5-mile oval in the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. In addition to matching his career-best IndyCar finish and scoring his best finish at the Brickyard, Carpenter also recorded his first laps lead in an Indy car on Sunday. He also made his best ever IndyCar Series start at Indianapolis by taking the green flag from the 10th spot. For his efforts Carpenter presented with the "American Automobile Association, Safe Driver Award" for his safe driving all month long.
Nonetheless, the show must go on and that means a trip north to The Milwaukee Mile where Carpenter has four previous attempts a best start and finish of seventh, as well as two top-10 starts, one top-10 finish and three running finishes. He's hoping for another career day at Milwaukee in what will be a homecoming for sponsor and Eau Claire, Wisc. based Menards.
In 2004 Carpenter started in the 14th spot with Cheever Racing and finished the race in 11th. The following year with Vision Racing he started from the 16th position and finished in the 12th spot. In 2006 he started from seventh, a team best at the track, and ran in the top-10 for much of the race, but contact with Helio Castroneves on lap 108 ended his race early and left him in 16th. Last year, he started eighth and finished seventh.
"Milwaukee is going to be tough this year with all of the cars and added competition," Carpenter said. "That much traffic on a mile oval is going to make for an interesting race. We need to get our car handling well right away so that we can do like we did at Indy and run with the lead pack. If we can do that, have a good day in the pits and stay out of trouble, we could have the opportunity to score another top-five finish this weekend."
A total of 26 cars are expected to take the green flag on Sunday and besides Carpenter, that also includes teammate Foyt in the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara. Foyt is most assuredly ready to head to Milwaukee after a very frustrating race and entire month of May at Indianapolis.
After starting 31st due to woes in qualifying and practice, Foyt was quickly moving through the field on race day when disaster struck on just his second pit stop. During the stop Foyt was sent from his pit box, but his fuel hose was still engaged. Fuel was spilled on the car and became enflamed. The flames were quickly extinguished and Foyt evacuated the car, but later returned and finished 21st.
The month of May wasn't entirely bad for Foyt, in addition to celebrating his 24th birthday on race day, he also welcomed new sponsor Eli Lilly & Co. and their Lilly Diabetes branding to the team. Lilly will join team partner CardioChek for the Vision Racing Wellness Tour which will be taking its mobile marketing unit on the road to Milwaukee; providing race fans at The Mile the opportunity to receive free cholesterol screenings and diabetes education.
In three previous attempts at Milwaukee, Foyt has a best start of 12th and a best finish of 13th, scored both last season for Vision Racing, and has been running at the finish twice. In two prior attempts at The Milwaukee Mile, driving for Foyt Enterprises, Foyt has a best start of 18th in 2004 and best finish of 16th in the same year. In 2005 finished 21st after he was unable to finish the race after starting 19th due to handling.
"I'm ready for Milwaukee because if nothing else, it's a change in scenery and I need my luck to change after a rough go of it at Indy," Foyt commented. "The Milwaukee Mile has a lot of history and a lot of it revolves around my grandfather, so that's cool. I'm looking to make my own name at The Mile though and right now for myself and Vision Racing, that just means we need to go out and have a good weekend. Vision has had some success there in the past so if we can go out and get the car handling well, then we should be able to have a good race."
The 225-lap, 225-mile event will air live and in HD on Sunday, June 1st, at 4:00 p.m. on ABC, as well as IMS Radio Network, XM IndyCar Series Racing Channel 145, XM Sports Nation Channel 144 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.