Indy 500: Vision Racing race report

DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR CARPENTER AND VISION RACING AT INDY 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 30, 2010) - In their first IZOD IndyCar Series race of the season, Vision Racing and driver Ed Carpenter had high hopes and expectations for their return to...


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 30, 2010) - In their first IZOD IndyCar Series race of the season, Vision Racing and driver Ed Carpenter had high hopes and expectations for their return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2010 Indianapolis 500. After qualifying a career-best eighth at the 2.5-mile oval and running as high as fourth in the race, a turn of luck halfway through the event led to a disappointing day and 17th place finish for the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka special.

Carpenter made his 100th IZOD IndyCar Series Sunday afternoon, drove in his seventh Indianapolis 500-mile race, sixth with Vision Racing, and appeared to be putting forth his best Indy effort, but an untimely accident and subsequent caution quickly dashed his rise through the field.

After taking the green flag from the middle of row three and in the eighth spot, Carpenter meticulously began to work his way up the ranks. By lap 71 he had risen to fourth where he ran solidly. As lap 105 approached, Carpenter was looking to make his third pit stop when fellow competitor Vitor Meira brought out the sixth caution of the race for contact with the wall. The yellow flag froze the field and closed the pits, but Carpenter was running out of Ethanol fuel.

He was forced to bring the No. 20 Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine sponsored by Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka into the closed pits for a quick splash of fuel. He came into the pits fourth and rejoined the field in the 19th spot.

From there, extremely warm track conditions made for an ill-handling racecar and Carpenter was unable to make his way back through the field. As the race was winding down, Carpenter was in 14th when again, fuel, or lack thereof, became an issue. Carpenter slowed on lap 198 and coasted all the way around and back to the pits without power.

The team refueled the car and restarted the engine on lap 199, but an accident on that same lap in turn four brought out the caution flag for a final time and Carpenter was resigned to a 17th place finishing position. Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing went on to take his second Indianapolis 500 victory under yellow-flag conditions.

Carpenter's 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 ran a great race and earned a second place finish with the No. 4 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone for the third consecutive year. Panther Racing driver and 2005 Indianapolis 500 champion, Dan Wheldon, started 18th and finished second for the second consecutive year as well, and the British native did so in this his eighth IZOD IndyCar Series start at the Brickyard.

IZOD IndyCar Series racing resumes in less than one week under the lights of Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 5th.

Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Vision Racing/Panther Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"First half of the race we were looking good. We knew that was going to be the case from qualifying eighth that we were going to be in a good spot and be able to hang out with the leader for a while. But there was something going on because we weren't getting good mileage at all. That one yellow hurt us. We had to come in and splash while everyone else was able to make it until the pits came open. We lost track position as a result. At the end we ran out of fuel again with just two laps to go. It's very disappointing."

"The Panther Racing team did a great job. Dan (Wheldon) and I both had great cars. I have to that Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka for their support this month as well. This is just one of those race results that is just really hard to handle because we had a much better car than where we finished. That's just the way Indy goes sometimes and circumstances play out and take you right out of it. It doesn't matter if you have a good car and are having a decent race it sometimes is just out of your control. It's a bummer but it's Indy. I love this race. I'm really not happy with today's result but when you look at this whole month I have to be happy and proud about what Dan and the Panther team were able to accomplish. They've finished second here three times in a row. I hope they'll have me back. Someone is going to get them a win here soon and I'd like a shot at it."

-source: vision racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing