Texas: Vision Racing qualifying report

VISION RACING TO START 12TH AND 15TH AT TEXAS FORT WORTH,Texas - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will occupy spots 12 and 15 for the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway tomorrow night. Carpenter and the No. 20 ...

VISION RACING TO START 12TH AND 15TH AT TEXAS

FORT WORTH,Texas - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will occupy spots 12 and 15 for the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway tomorrow night.

Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara, were 12th fastest with a four lap average of 212.247 mph and will start on the outside of the sixth row. He will be looking to add to his two top-five and two additional top-10 finishes in tomorrow night's race.

Carpenter has six career IndyCar Series starts at Texas with a best start of seventh and a best and only running finish of ninth.

Driving the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, Foyt was 15th fastest in qualifying with an average speed of 211.622 mph over four laps. He will start on the inside of the eighth row and look to charge through the field for his third top-10 finish of the season.

Foyt has six career IndyCar Series attempts at Texas with a best start of 11th and a best finish of 10th. He's been running at the finish twice and has just one top-10 finish on the 1.5-mile oval.

The 228-lap, 342-mile event gets started at 10:00 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, as well as IMS Radio Network, XM IndyCar Series Racing Channel 145, XM Sports Nation Channel 144 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (June 6, 2008)

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

"I'm disappointed with the four laps and not necessarily the top speed. We need to figure out something to make our first lap as good as our last lap. It just killed our average. I'm just disappointed in our qualifying run. We've been a lot better on mile and a half ovals than we just showed. We'll just have to get ready to make our way through traffic for the race."

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

"I'm not very happy with the run. I feel we had a much faster car than that or I at least I though we did. We started off the weekend pretty quick and we've been around the same speed while other teams have picked up more speed throughout the weekend. I'm a little frustrated. I definitely wanted to be starting higher than we are. In previous years I would have said it didn't really matter where you qualified, you'd still be able to make your way forward in the race, but this year I'm not so sure. This year, no one seems to be able to pass anyone in practice. I'm not sure what's going on with the package we have right now. We'll be able to pass, but I think we'll have to really rely on the guys in the pits to improve our track position because it won't be as easy as it has been to pass here at Texas."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Ed Carpenter