Daytona 24: Vision Racing race report

VISION RACING'S FIRST ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA IS COMPLETE DAYTONA, Fla. -- The Vision Racing quintuplet of drivers, Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV, Tony George, Stephan Gregoire and Tomas Scheckter made team history in the last 24 hours by competing in...

VISION RACING'S FIRST ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA IS COMPLETE

DAYTONA, Fla. -- The Vision Racing quintuplet of drivers, Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV, Tony George, Stephan Gregoire and Tomas Scheckter made team history in the last 24 hours by competing in the team's debut to the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Grand American Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.

The No. 00 Vision Racing Porsche Crawford Daytona Prototype finished 17th amongst fellow Daytona Prototypes and 29th overall. Scheckter qualified the car in the 19th spot.

In spite of experiencing mechanical trouble via a burnt battery cable very early on in the event, the team managed to overcome the issue and soldier on in the race. The incident did, however, cause the team to lose precious track time and several laps.

Driving through the night and into the dawn, the team continued to push hard, overcoming spins, bumping and plenty of traffic on the 3.56-mile, road course. Unfortunately, with just 30 minutes remaining in the race, the engine expired and thus, knocked the team out of the competition.

All told, the team witnessed daylight, darkness, dry and wet conditions, warm and cool temps, raw speed, the aforementioned mechanical failures and more during the twice-around-the-clock event, yet their spirit and determination never wavered.

Up next for the team is yet another stint at Daytona International Speedway as this time the IndyCar Series will take to the road course for an open test. Held, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Scheckter, Carpenter and Foyt will pilot the Vision Racing Nos. 2, 20 and 22 Dallara/Honda/Firestone machines, respectively.

Race Results and Quotes (Jan. 28, 2007):

Tony George:

On race:

"This Daytona 24 effort came together late. I appreciate all the guys' willingness to work hard through the holidays to make it happen. It's something I've always wanted to do, participate as a driver. Now that we own a race team and have the ability to come do it on our own it makes it extra special. It's been fun getting back in the car after many years."

On future Grand Am Series Races::

"It's been a nice team-building experience as we look to start the 2007 IndyCar Series season. We've talked about possibly doing the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City. It comes two weeks after Chicagoland. We'll see how we come out of this race, if we can schedule a test out there. If we go out and make a good effort at it, we might do that."

Ed Carpenter:

On race:

"You try to prepare yourself for a 24-hour race, but there's no way to know what to expect until you get into it. Everyone's race is a little different. It's a good experience for the team. You feel bad not finishing with 30 minutes. But I'd love to do it again, and I think we learned a lot if we do it again."

-credit: vision racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stephan Gregoire , A.J. Foyt IV , Tony George , Ed Carpenter