Toronto: Vision Racing qualifying report

CARPENTER IMPROVES ON STREETS OF TORONTO; QUALIFIES 19th Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 11, 2009)-Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter will start from Row 10, 19th on the grid, in the No. 20 William Rast / Menards Vision Racing ...

CARPENTER IMPROVES ON STREETS OF TORONTO; QUALIFIES 19th

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 11, 2009)-Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter will start from Row 10, 19th on the grid, in the No. 20 William Rast / Menards Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine for the Honda Indy Toronto in Canada. Carpenter's qualifying effort on the 1.755-mile street circuit showed improvement with every lap, setting a best time of 1:02.5907 which equates to an average speed of 100.942 mph.

This is Carpenter's first time racing on the streets of Toronto and only his 22nd career road or street event and he was able to improve his time from Friday practice by two and a half seconds by the end of the first round of qualifying. Putting it into perspective by making a comparison to local favorite, "The Thrill from West Hill", Paul Tracy, who will make his 17th start on the streets of Toronto, you could argue that the no.20 Vision car was just 3/10th off, and the driver was another 3/10 off Tracy's posted qualifying time to make up the 6/10th of a second separating the two on the scoring charts.

While Ed has never started in the top-ten on a road or street course, he has finished in the top-ten twice (sixth at Watkins Glen in 2006 and 10th at Detroit in 2007). In the team's most recent road course affair at Watkins Glen, Carpenter was driving in the tenth position when Mario Moraes made avoidable contact with Carpenter, causing damage to the No. 20 machine. Vision Racing's best road/street course finish came in the season-opener this season at St. Pete when Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second. That was also the team's highest-ever finish in its five season of competition.

Dario Franchitti earned the pole position for the Toronto race and will be joined on the front row by Will Power. The rest of the Firestone Fast Six Qualifiers included Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson, Alex Tagliani and Mike Conway.

Fans watching the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday's ABC TV coverage beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) will get the opportunity to see the No. 20 William Rast/ Menards/Vision Racing machine from a birds-eye view. The new look (for the Canadian races only) Vision entry will carry an in-car camera this weekend giving viewers a unique perspective as Carpenter pilots the car around the 1.755-mile course on the streets of Toronto.

IndyCar Series warm up will take place Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for a thirty minute session before the race beings at 1 p.m., live on ABC TV.

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

"We picked up almost two and a half seconds from yesterday in practice so I'm happy about that. Our goal coming into the weekend was to qualifying in front of some people in our group and looking at it, we felt that as strong as the group was, Dan Wheldon was our target. I'm pretty happy to have been able to beat Dan and be only 1.3 off Dario (Franchitti)'s time (P1 in Group 1) our first time here on the street of Toronto. This is the best I have felt about a qualifying effort on a street course. It was a small goal that we set for ourselves but I'll take it and try to carry on with a solid effort in the race."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Graham Rahal , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Mike Conway , Will Power , Ed Carpenter