INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter put down his final practice laps today in preparation for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Carpenter finished up in the 13th spot on the time sheets putting in a top lap of 223.359 mph in...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter put down his final practice laps today in preparation for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Carpenter finished up in the 13th spot on the time sheets putting in a top lap of 223.359 mph in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka special. He completed 37 laps in the hour-long IZOD IndyCar Series practice.
Carpenter will make his best start at the Brickyard in seven tries as he will take off from the eighth position when the green flag drops on the 33-car field. His four-lap qualifying average of 224.507 mph placed him in the middle of row three for the race.
Carpenter will be making his 100th IZOD IndyCar Series start and is preparing for his seventh Indianapolis 500-mile race and sixth with Vision Racing. Last season Carpenter started 17th and drove to eighth place finish. His best drive at Indianapolis came in 2008 when he started 10th, drove his first career IndyCar Series leader laps (3) and finished fifth.
Meanwhile, team partner, Panther Racing and driver Dan Wheldon put the No. 4 National Guard No. 4 Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the top-ten with a quick lap of 224.242 mph. Wheldon was seventh on the speed charts and completed 34 laps. The 2005 Indianapolis 500 champion is making his eighth IZOD IndyCar Series start at the Brickyard and will start from the 18th spot for the second-consecutive year. His four-lap qualifying average came in at 224.464 mph.
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Vision Racing/Panther Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"At the start of the session the car was a little different than where we had left it on Sunday but we found what the issue was and by the end of the session it felt really good again. I ran more laps than I really wanted to but it was a successful. I have a good balance on the car, we got a lot of good pit stop practice, and I feel very good. Just need to rest up now. Our expectations for Sunday's race is still to compete for a win. It was good to get some running done today with the Penske guys and feel like we can run with them. Didn't get a chance to run with the Ganassi cars but between those two teams, that's who I'm trying to measure myself against and the car against and I like where we are sitting.
-source: vision racing