Watkins Glen: Vision Racing Friday report

VISION RACING COMPLETES INDEPENDENCE DAY PRACTICE AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, New York - Vision Racing drivers and fellow American's Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV took to the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International on our nation's 232nd...

VISION RACING COMPLETES INDEPENDENCE DAY PRACTICE AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, New York - Vision Racing drivers and fellow American's Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV took to the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International on our nation's 232nd anniversary of independence in preparation for Sunday's Camping World Indy Grand Prix.

After two sessions of practice, Foyt was 22nd quick in the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone while Carpenter was 23rd fastest behind the wheel of the No. 20 Menards machine.

Foyt also turned the most laps today in practice, completing 54 revolutions on the 3.37-mile road course, while Carpenter was just behind with 50 laps completed.

Foyt made his debut at Watkins Glen just last year when he started 16th, ran as high as 10th, suffered a spin in the first half of the race in turn eight, and drove to a 15th place finish. His best road or street course finish is ninth at The Raceway at Belle Isle last season.

Foyt will be looking to capture his fourth top-10 finish of the year in the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. He is currently 14th in the driver point standings with 165 points.

When the IndyCar Series came to Watkins Glen for the first time in 2005, Carpenter started in the 20th spot and worked his way up to 14th to finish the race. In 2006 he had an even better outing as he drove from 18th, all the way up to fifth, and finished sixth in what is currently tied for the team's best road course finish. Last year Carpenter led Vision Racing's three-car effort at Watkins Glen when he started 17th, ran as high as fifth and finished 12th.

Carpenter will be looking for his sixth finish in the top-10 this weekend and a chance to move up in the championship driver point standings where he remains in the 10th spot with 185 points.

Fellow partners Lilly and CardioChek will also join the team at Watkins Glen for the Vision Racing Wellness Tour, which allows race fans to stop by a mobile marketing unit for an opportunity to receive free cholesterol screenings and diabetes education. The complimentary cholesterol screenings and diabetes information will be made available at the track on Sunday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Vision Racing Wellness Tour Mobile Marketing Unit.

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

"I think we made some gains in the car and we're getting a bit better out there, but there's still a gap to where it is we want to be. Right now we're thinking about what we want to do with the car and what to do on track to be better tomorrow. I'm enjoying the fast corners like Turn 5 and the Bus Stop. It's got some fun high speed corners and it seems that I'm better in those than I am the slower corners so we're just trying to work on those to get better."

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

"We put in a lot of laps, but one of the main things I have to do when we come to road courses races is get as much track time as I can. There's more improving I can do usually than improvements we can make in the car although we made the car better between sessions today to get a better direction for the rest of the weekend. We got a bit of a gap between us and the guys we need to be racing with. After the first session we closed up that gap a bit so we need to do a little more work tonight and start picking some of them off. I'm not happy by any means with where we are at on the charts, but at the end of the day we are closer than where we started so we'll take that as a positive as see what we can do."

-credit: vr

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