ROUGH RIDE FOR VISION RACING AT RICHMOND ENDS WITH TOP-11 FINISH RICHMOND, Virginia (June 28, 2008)-- A difficult evening of racing at Richmond International Raceway for the Vision Racing team as multiple incidents and cautions plagued the...
ROUGH RIDE FOR VISION RACING AT RICHMOND ENDS WITH TOP-11 FINISH
RICHMOND, Virginia (June 28, 2008)-- A difficult evening of racing at Richmond International Raceway for the Vision Racing team as multiple incidents and cautions plagued the IndyCar Series event claiming more than half the field, but resulted in an 11th place finish for Ed Carpenter and the no.20 Menards Johns Mansville car.
What had begun as a promising night for the Vision team with an eighth place starting position for A.J.Foyt IV and a 13th place start for Ed Carpenter on the .75 mile track, quickly turned to a much more arduous race than anticipated.
The team's woes began just 30 laps into the twilight race as Foyt IV's no.2 Lilly Diabetes car had contact with the no. 24 car of John Andretti to bring his race to a premature end. Just seconds later, Vision teammate Carpenter became an unfortunate bystander when his no. 20 Menards Johns Mansville car was unable to avoid debris (attenuator) from the accident. Damage to the right front suspension put the Vision car behind the pit wall for 51 laps as the team worked feverishly to get it repaired and return to the track for valuable championship points.
The crew's determination and quick work paid off as Carpenter was able to rejoin the field and slowly gained positions as multiple incidents claimed one competitor after another. With 10 laps remaining in the 300 lap event, and unable to make up anymore positions as the last running car on track, Carpenter finished the race in the pits for an 11th place position to retain his 10th place in the driver points standings with 185 points.
Foyt was credited with a 24th place finish and drops one spot to 14th place in the driver points with 165 points.
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm just really disappointed for the Lilly crew and Vision team because they put me in such a great starting position (8th) for this race, gave me a good car, and we were looking to have another strong race after a top-5 finish we had in Iowa last weekend. I'm not exactly sure what happened. Obviously there was contact between me and the 24 car but I'm not really sure how it happened. I don't know if John came up or I came down or he just kept his nose in. It's just really unfortunate. I'm especially sorry that Ed (Carpenter) was affected as well."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Just bad luck again for the Vision team. A.J. (Foyt IV) got taken out by John Andretti I guess and I just caught a piece of his debris that took out my right front suspension. The Menards guys did a good job putting it back together. We ended up 11th but it made for a pretty disappointing boring race riding around, staying out of trouble and waiting for others to drop out. At least points-wise we didn't really get ours butts kicked and we minimized the damage and hopefully that might make a difference for us in the end. I'm disappointed. Overall our car wasn't very good the whole weekend, so maybe we're lucky to get out of here with an 11th place finish."
On amount of cautions:
"I'm sure a lot of people will try to blame all the accidents in this race on the amount of cars out there but to me it's just people driving stupid, not thinking, not taking care of each other, not respecting themselves, their car or other cars. Brian (Barnhart) said in the drivers meeting today to respect each other and take care of each other but I'm getting the feeling that if they leave to the drivers alone that we're going to have a lot more racing like this."