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Vision Racing Fast Facts: TAKING THE VISION TO AUSTRALIA: Vision Racing hopes to have the "Midas Touch" for its first venture to the Gold Coast of Australia as the IndyCar Series makes its debut there in a non-points race on the streets of...

Vision Racing Fast Facts:

TAKING THE VISION TO AUSTRALIA: Vision Racing hopes to have the "Midas Touch" for its first venture to the Gold Coast of Australia as the IndyCar Series makes its debut there in a non-points race on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Team drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will both make their first attempt Down Under as well. Also making the trip will be team road-course consultant, Bryan Herta, who will continue his role behind pit wall with advising the team and drivers on their road racing approach.

A NOT-TOO EXTREME MAKE-OVER: The Vision Racing cars will sport a new paint scheme for the race Down Under. The two team entries will both feature a predominantly grey scheme with some yellow and red accents for the Nikon Indy 300. The paint scheme change is not so much a fashion statement as one of convenience, as the team will be able to bring along just one back-up car to the Gold Coast street event and with a uniform scheme, the cars' body work parts will be more aesthetically interchangeable.

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

AT AUSTRALIA: The Nikon Indy 300 will be A.J. Foyt IV's first attempt on the streets of Surfers Paradise as the IndyCar Series makes its debut to the Gold Coast of Australia. Foyt's best road/street course finish came last season at Belle Isle when he took ninth. This season his best road/street course finish again came on the streets of Belle Isle when he took 10th.

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

AT AUSTRALIA: Ed Carpenter will be aiming for accolades in Australia this weekend as he makes his debut in the Nikon Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Carpenter shares the team's second-best finishes on a road/street course with his sixth place run at Watkins Glen in 2006. He has been running at the finish in all six of the road/street course events this season with his best finish of 14th coming on the most-recent street course event at Belle Isle.

A.J. FOYT IV - NO. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On race at Australia.. "I am really looking forward to going to Australia for the first time and racing there. There are no points up for grabs so this is an opportunity for us to work on our road and street course program for the 2009 season and gauge any developments we've made since the end of the season. I'm excited for this race and for all of the other things going on around the race. I hear that it's going to be a pretty cool atmosphere down there and I'm excited to be a part of that and to meet all of our great fans there."

ED CARPENTER - NO. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On race at Australia... "Ever since Australia was rumored to be on the schedule I was looking forward to going there. I've heard a lot of great things about the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise and the event there. It's going to be a great experience to take the IndyCar Series there and to be a part of the Australian culture. The racing should be good as well and I think the fans are going to appreciate the show that we put on. As a team we are looking to go there and achieve our objectives of running a clean race, acquiring as much data as we can and continue to make up ground in our road and street course package for the 2009 season. We have improved in our road and street course performance throughout the season and Australia gives us one more opportunity to keep the momentum going and to keep us moving along that learning curve."

-credit: vr

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