Nashville: Vision Racing preview

TAKING THE VISION TO NASHVILLE: The team's very first top-10 finish came at Nashville Superspeedway when driver Ed Carpenter drove the team to a 10th place finish in 2005 for the team's debut season. The following year, Carpenter backed...

TAKING THE VISION TO NASHVILLE: The team's very first top-10 finish came at Nashville Superspeedway when driver Ed Carpenter drove the team to a 10th place finish in 2005 for the team's debut season. The following year, Carpenter backed that up with another 10th place run while teammate Tomas Scheckter looked to give the team their first-ever top-five finish when he started ninth and was running solidly in fifth before a driveshaft failure leaving the pits on lap 122 ended his race early and sent left him in 15th place. Last season all three Vision Racing drivers missed out on the top-10 as Scheckter, A.J. Foyt IV and Carpenter finished 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively. The team's best start in four attempts at Nashville is ninth by Scheckter while the best finish of 10th, has been scored twice by Carpenter (2005 and 2006).

WOES AT WATKINS GLEN : After team drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV started 21st and 22nd respectively, they were each able to drive as high as 11th and 10th respectively before trouble late in the race. Carpenter managed a running finish in the 17th spot, but also stalled the car in the pits, was penalized with a drive-thru pit lane penalty for a pit speed violation and suffered significant understeer during the race. Foyt was in the 15th spot while driving under caution when competitor Milka Duno suddenly slowed and swerved in front of Foyt causing contact and ending the race just 12 laps from the finish for both drivers. Foyt ended up 19th on the day.

A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

AT NASHVILLE: A.J. Foyt IV has four previous IndyCar Series attempts at Nashville Superspeedway; the first three with A.J. Foyt Enterprises and one last year for Vision Racing. He has been running at the finish in all four affairs with his best result coming in 2005 and 2007when he took 12th, after starting 20th and 11th, respectively. In 2003 he started 16th and finished 17th and in 2004 he started 22nd and drove to 16th.

MOST RECENTLY: Foyt, who started from the 22nd spot, drove as high as 10th and was in 15th spot when he was knocked out of the race at Watkins Glen. The incident occurred under caution on lap 48 when Milka Duno slowed and suddenly turned right just ahead of Foyt. Subsequently, Foyt had nowhere to go and ran into the back of Duno and then into the barrier; ending his day just 12 laps from the finish. His abbreviated race and 19th place finish dropped him three spots to the 17th in the championship point standings with a total of 177 points.

Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

AT NASHVILLE: Carpenter has four previous attempts at Nashville Superspeedway. In 2004 he started in the 21st spot and fell victim to an accident, leaving him in 22nd, driving with Cheever Racing. In 2005 he scored his best finish of the season with Vision Racing when he started from the 22nd position and drove to the 10th spot. Carpenter followed that up with another 10th place finish in 2006 as well after starting 14th. Last year Carpenter started 13th, but had a running finish in 14th due to an airjack failure in the pits on lap 153.

MOST RECENTLY: Starting from the 21st position, Carpenter drove as high as 11th and completed a wild race at Watkins Glen International in the 17th position. Carpenter was able to overcome understeer issues, a drive-thru pit lane penalty for speeding in the pits, and various on-track incidents by competitors and earned another running finish. Carpenter left the road course at The Glen 11th dropping one spot in the IndyCar Series championship point standings with 198 points.

A.J. FOYT IV -- NO. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On race at Nashville... "I am looking forward to getting back on an oval and hopefully having a trouble-free weekend at Nashville. At this point I am just looking to put the first half of the season behind me and drive to a strong finish this weekend and get the rest of the season turned around. We were close to making the top-10 at Nashville last year and I know we have a car capable of finish in the top-10 and even the top-five this year so I'm looking forward to having a good race at Nashville."

ED CARPENTER -- NO. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On race at Nashville ... "Nashville was tough on us last year. We were able to finish, but we did not finish in the top-10 and I had some trouble in the pits with an airjack, not to mention, we were rained out on Saturday night and had to come back on Sunday to race. For whatever reason, passing last year at Nashville was difficult. It became a one-groove track throughout the race and that made it hard to move up. If it's like that again, I'll really be relying on my crew to give me good pit stops and move me up through the field. They've shown many times this year that they can get me in and out of the pits and help me gain track position so I'm hoping we can put it all together Saturday night at Nashville and have a great race. After some trouble and some bad luck in the last few races, I really want to get another top-10 finish on Saturday as well as regain some spots in the points."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter