ROUGH RIDE FOR VISION RACING AT SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. - Vision Racing drivers A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter took the 20th and 23rd spots, respectively, in this afternoon's PEAK Motor Oil & Antifreeze Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County at Infineon...
ROUGH RIDE FOR VISION RACING AT SONOMA
SONOMA, Calif. - Vision Racing drivers A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter took the 20th and 23rd spots, respectively, in this afternoon's PEAK Motor Oil & Antifreeze Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County at Infineon Raceway after mechanical issues hampered their efforts.
Foyt, who qualified 24th, actually started from the 27th spot at the drop of the green flag as a clutch issue left him motionless on the grid in pit lane as the field rolled out on track for the start of the race. The crew was able to get the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine rolling and on track as the race began.
Foyt made three pit stops, each time having to be pushed out by his crew due to the clutch issue, drove as high as 13th, and earned his first running finish in his second race at Infineon. He remains 19th in the championship driver point standings with a total of 243 points.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone were not exempt of their own clutch issues as well. After starting 23rd and running as high as sixth in the race, Carpenter made his second and final pit stop on lap 53 while running in the 13th spot. Upon leaving the pits, the car stalled due to a clutch problem. The delay in getting back on track cost Carpenter valuable time and several positions.
He regained composure and was running a solid race when he spun on the final lap after trying to pass Townsend Bell for position. Carpenter was able to keep the car running, but the clutch issue kept him from regaining the field and relegated him to a 23rd place finish.
Carpenter dropped one spot in the championship point standings to 12th with a total of 294 points.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race: "It was pretty rough for the No. 2 Lilly car from the start. We had a hard time just getting off the grid with a clutch or electronic issue with the clutch. We won't be sure exactly what the problem was until the Vision crew can get the car back to Indy and take a look. That made each pitstop that much more difficult, but the crew did a good job each time. There we were a couple of different strategies going but it was a lot about luck and who you got stuck behind. It just didn't work out for us today but we'll hope for better in Detroit."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race: "Competition-wise, this was probably the best race we've had on a road course. I was challenging people all the time so that was encouraging. The Vision team did a really good job putting me on a good strategy. The problem happened on the last pitstop and the clutch wouldn't work and I stalled it twice trying to get back out. The clutch wouldn't engage at all and we ended up losing a lot of time. In the end I was being aggressive trying to get past Townsend (Bell) to get one more spot and points, but I went off the track and spun in. I tried to get back out but without the clutch working that was it for us. It wasn't the finish we were looking for by any means, but as far as our competitiveness in the race, I think we are definitely going in the right direction and looking forward to seeing what we can do at Detroit."