Carpenter Captures SFR's Best Starting Position, Deep In The Heat Of Texas
Qualifications Set Field for Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway; Carpenterto Start 5th
Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) driver Ed Carpenter took to the 1.5-mile banked quad-oval in Denton County, TX today with temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees. Tomorrow evening's twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) will mark the first night races of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar ® Series season, and the first double header in the history of the series.
The Dollar General team started the day with a practice session at 12:30pm CST. Carpenter turned 49 laps during the session, clocking his fastest lap at a speed of 214.008, good enough for sixth place on the speed charts. Shortly following the practice session, qualifications set the field for Saturday evening's Firestone Twin 275s.
Carpenter clocked a four-lap average speed of 214.373 mph during the late afternoon qualifying session, which placed him in the fifth starting position, the highest ever for SFR. The No. 67 Dollar General machine will roll from the inside of row three, alongside KV Racing Technology's Tony Kanaan. The starting field for race one tomorrow night is very close, separated by mere one hundredths of a second.
Ed Carpenter: "It's been a good day for the Dollar General team. I feel good about our car. We seem to have good speed. I wasn't sure where we were going to end up, but it seems like everyone ran quicker during qualifying than we did in practice. I'm happy with our qualifying effort, but I always want to be faster. Either way we have a good starting spot for tomorrow night, and I think we have something for them."
Sarah Fisher: "I was really proud of the Dollar General boys to continue their consistency from Indianapolis. Knowing that I have an excellent team and great people behind the efforts makes it extremely fun to watch. Now our goal is to continue that consistency again in the race."
The day ended with a final practice session for all drivers. The team made final adjustments to the Dollar General car and practiced in race trim.