Milwaukee: Vision Racing qualifying report

TOUGH PRACTICE & QUALIFYING FOR VISION RACING AT MILWAUKEE WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Vision Racing drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Carpenter certainly are not happy with their 18th and 19th respective starting positions for Sunday's ABC Supply Co., ...

TOUGH PRACTICE & QUALIFYING FOR VISION RACING AT MILWAUKEE

WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Vision Racing drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Carpenter certainly are not happy with their 18th and 19th respective starting positions for Sunday's ABC Supply Co., Inc., A.J. Foyt 225. Their collective efforts just haven't yielded much in the way of results since unloading the cars this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile.

Hunter-Reay was able to put together a four-lap qualifying average of 160.381 mph in the No. 21 IZOD/Vision Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, which was slightly faster than he had been able to go in practice early in the day, but it still wasn't the speed he was looking for in the car.

While Hunter-Reay only has one start in an Indy car at The Milwaukee Mile, he has plenty of open-wheel racing experience there, including a pole and race win in 2004 driving for Herdez in the Champ Car World Series. Last year with Rahal Letterman Racing, he started 12th and finished 15th. In all, Hunter-Reay has four open-wheel starts at Milwaukee.

Most recently at the Indianapolis 500, Hunter-Reay started from the 32nd and climbed to the 25th position before making contact with the turn four wall on lap 20. He was credited with a 32nd place finish.

Driving the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara Carpenter's qualifying average came in at 160.079 mph. However, it won't be the first time Carpenter has had to charge from the back at Milwaukee or even this season.

Last weekend at Indianapolis, Carpenter drove from the 17th spot to as high as sixth and eventually finished eighth in his sixth Indianapolis 500 start. It was his second consecutive top-ten finish on the season he's looking for a third on Sunday.

Carpenter has five previous attempts at Milwaukee with his best finish coming in 2007 when he started eighth and finished seventh. Last year Carpenter had an impressive drive going at "The Mile" as he moved up steadily from his starting position of 17th and worked his way up to as high as fifth in the race and even advanced four positions in one pit stop. With just three laps remaining in the race, Carpenter was in seventh when Marco Andretti made a move to the inside of Carpenter. Andretti ended up moving up into Carpenter and both crashed hard into the wall and collected Vitor Meira to bring out only the fourth of four cautions in the race. He finished 20th.

In 2004 he 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 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

Overall, Vision Racing returns to The Milwaukee Mile for the fifth time. The team's best finish came by Tomas Scheckter in 2006 when the South African finished third.

Wellness Tour stop at Milwaukee Mile- The Vision Racing Wellness Tour, supported by team sponsor Lilly USA, will make an important pit stop for a second consecutive year at the Milwaukee Mile providing racing fans with free diabetes screenings with A1c testing and risk factor assessment, along with cholesterol and blood pressure testing. The Wellness Tour mobile unit (bus) will be located behind the main grandstands and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on race day at the Milwaukee Mile.

Vision Racing team drivers Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay, ambassadors for the Wellness Tour, are encouraging fans to get in the driver's seat when it comes to managing their health by visiting the Wellness Tour Unit.

While receiving a diabetes check-up may not be considered a typical racetrack activity, race fans may be surprised to learn just how common diabetes is and about the seriousness of its resulting complications. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects nearly 24 million Americans nationwide; nearly one-fourth, or approximately 6 million of those affected are unaware that they have the disease.[i] Furthermore, diabetes is associated with an increased risk for a number of serious and potentially life-threatening complications, such as blindness, kidney failure and leg amputations, among others.[ii] The Vision Racing Wellness Tour aims to provide people with the education and resources they need to be aware of diabetes and other important health issues.

Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Qualifying Position: 19th
Qualifying Speed: 160.079 mph
Top Speed in Practice: 156.903 mph
Overall Rank in Practice: 19th on speed chart
Number of Laps in Practice: 91

On qualifying: "I love this race track and its good to see a great and passionate crowd out here for qualifying but I just don't love the Milwaukee Mile as much today. We're really struggled but the Vision guys have been working really hard to try to catch up. We had a good race here at Milwaukee last year but since we unloaded the car this morning it has been awful. It just hasn't been responding to any changes we've made. We finally made a step forward in qualifying but it's hard to go out there and qualify well when it's been so bad and confidence in the car is lacking. It's been a rough day for the No.20 Menards Johns Manville team but we'll try to make it up in the race on Sunday."

Ryan Hunter-Reay - No. 21 IZOD/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Qualifying Position: 18th
Qualifying Speed: 160.381 mph
Top Speed in Practice: 156.903 mph
Overall Rank in Practice: 17th on speed chart
Number of Laps in Practice: 66

On qualifying: "We're working on it. It's unfortunate because we had the car a little too loose there. We've been trying just for speed but both Ed (Carpenter) and I are both having a hard time finding that speed. The car is "walking" a lot through the corner, as we call it when the car is stepping out a bit but we're working on it. We'll get a good race car put together for Sunday here at Milwaukee and put that IZOD car through towards the front in the race."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira