Sonoma: Vision Racing qualifying report

CARPENTER TO START 21st AT INFINEON RACEWAY SONOMA, Calif. (August 22, 2009) -Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter will start 21st in the No. 20 William Rast/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma...

CARPENTER TO START 21st AT INFINEON RACEWAY

SONOMA, Calif. (August 22, 2009) -Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter will start 21st in the No. 20 William Rast/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday at Infineon Raceway. Carpenter's qualifying average came in at a time of 1:18.2413 and an average speed of 105.964 mph.

Carpenter has been running at the finish in all four previous attempts at Infineon Raceway. However, he is still looking for his first top-ten finish there. In his first attempt at Infineon Raceway in 2005, Carpenter started 20th and finished 15th with Vision Racing. In 2006 season he started 16th and finished 12th, in 2007 he started the race from the 14th spot, ran as high as 12th and ultimately finished 13th, and last year he started and finished in the 23rd position.

Most recently at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Carpenter started from the 21st spot, drove as high as 13th in the event and finished 17th. Unfortunately, Carpenter fell one spot to 14th in the IndyCar Series championship point standings with 239 total points after 13 races (221 points behind the leader).

Carpenter and Vision Racing will run the William Rast branded livery on the No. 20 machine in tomorrow's race which was most recently run by Carpenter during the Canadian swing through Toronto and Edmonton. This time the No. 20 William Rast Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine will ride in the sponsor's home state. William Rast, a People's Liberation subsidiary known for its stylish high-end denim, based in Los Angeles, Calif. and the premium lifestyle brand with emphasis on stylish denim, has been a mainstay on the Vision Racing body work all season. This weekend, Carpenter's car will feature a grey matte finish, day-glow orange accents and of course, William Rast branding.

Overall, The Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma will be Vision Racing's fifth trip to Infineon Raceway. The team's best finish at Infineon came in 2007 season when Tomas Scheckter finished eighth.

IndyCar practice resumes again tomorrow morning at 10:15 a.m. local time for a thirty minute session before the race beings at 2 p.m./5 p.m. (ET), live on VERSUS TV.

Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Qualifying did not go very well for us. We put our "reds" (Firestone Firehawk red-walled tires) on and Milka (Duno) was up in front of us so we let her go and even though we let her build a 20-second gap, that's still not enough for her so I caught her on the second lap and then once I got clear of her then (Mario) Moraes came out of the pits and I was behind him for two laps, so we wasted a lot of time getting stuck behind people. As a result we probably missed the best lap for our tires and I ended up getting out of rhythm in the session. I was hoping for much better than that, but it is what it is so we'll just try and improve upon it tomorrow."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Ed Carpenter