LACK OF FUEL POWERS DISAPPOINTMENT FOR VISION RACING AT CHICAGOLAND INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 28, 2010) - Starting in just their second race of the IZOD IndyCar Series season, Vision Racing and driver Ed Carpenter made yet another big impression...
LACK OF FUEL POWERS DISAPPOINTMENT FOR VISION RACING AT CHICAGOLAND
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 28, 2010) - Starting in just their second race of the IZOD IndyCar Series season, Vision Racing and driver Ed Carpenter made yet another big impression Saturday night after starting from the 11th spot at Chicagoland Speedway and putting the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Dallara/Honda/Firestone car in the lead for three laps of the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka special ran in the top-five for much of the race with a podium finish in sight until the team attempted its third pit stop on lap 139 of 200. A setup issue with the fuel rig and hose did not allow fuel to enter the car during that stop.
After a lap back on track, the team realized the problem and quickly brought Carpenter in for more fuel. The car ran out of fuel and stalled as Carpenter brought the car into the pits for refueling. Upon leaving the pits again on lap 141 Carpenter was given an "insult" to the sustained "injury" and slapped with a drive-thru penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed limit.
Carpenter served his penalty on lap 145 and was relegated to the 19th position; losing four laps to the leaders. Eventually, Carpenter parked the car on lap 177 so as not to ruin the race for his fellow competitors. He is credited with a 20th place finish.
The disappointment in the Vision Racing/Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Pits was palpable and will certainly be used as motivation heading into next Saturday's race at Kentucky Speedway. Carpenter felt like he had the car to beat in tonight's PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 and it is that car that he will take to Kentucky's 1.5-mile oval.
It was Carpenter and the Vision Racing No. 20 car that led 34 laps and finished in second place by 0.0162 of a second at Kentucky last year. He now knows he has the car to not just repeat that performance, but best it by one position.
Meanwhile, team partner, Panther Racing and driver Dan Wheldon ran a magnificent race and earned a second place finish with the No. 4 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Panther Racing driver and 2005 and 2006 Chicagoland Speedway winner, Dan Wheldon, started seventh, led 14 laps and finished second behind now IZOD IndyCar Series points leader, Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and ahead of third place driver Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport. The top-three finishing order was coincidentally the same as this year's Indianapolis 500.
IZOD IndyCar Series racing resumes in one week under the lights of Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 4th.
On race: "I just had a really good car that was a lot like Indianapolis and Kentucky last year. It was handling so well that I could put it anywhere. I seemed to be really good on the bottom where a lot of guys were pushing up. I could go high or low and was able to work my way to the front pretty quickly early in the race. The crew did a great job preparing the car but we lost spots on pit stops but got the No. 20 Fuzzy Vodka car back up to the front each time. We saved fuel, got really good mileage and lead some laps. It was a lot of fun but then really disappointing. "
"It's pretty frustrating that the two times we've run this No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka car, I feel like we should have finished on a podium. We had a fuel issue again; a different problem but the same result. I have to thank the Panther Racing team. They did a great job giving me a super fast car. I'm really happy for Dan Wheldon and his Panther crew and their great second place result. They were just as fast and we can take solace in the fact we too could have been up there battling for the win with him. We said coming in here that we were going to have a chance to win and we did. If we can go without having a fuel issue again, I'm pretty sure we can finish on the podium. I'm feeling very confident for Kentucky and Homestead. We're not points racing. We're racing for a win."
-source: vision racing