CARPENTER LEADS VISION RACING EFFORT AT INDIANAPOLIS WITH FIFTH PLACE FINISH SPEEDWAY, Indiana - Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter carried the Vision Racing banner in the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 with an impressive fifth place finish...
CARPENTER LEADS VISION RACING EFFORT AT INDIANAPOLIS WITH FIFTH PLACE FINISH
SPEEDWAY, Indiana - Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter carried the Vision Racing banner in the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 with an impressive fifth place finish in his fifth IndyCar Series start at the famed Brickyard. Carpenter also led three laps under caution which marked the first lead laps of his career.
Meanwhile, teammates Davey Hamilton and A.J. Foyt IV finished 14th and 21st, respectively, in their Vision Racing machines.
Making his best start in five attempts at Indianapolis, Carpenter drove from 10th, to as high as first and even as low as 23rd in the exciting 500-mile affair. He and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine worked up through the field and were running solidly in fifth when he experienced a mechanical failure on his next to last pit stop on lap 135. The car failed to go into neutral and thus stalled. The crew was able to refire the engine to get Carpenter back out, but he was relegated to the 23rd position.
Fortunately for Carpenter, he had a strong car and battled back utilizing a pit strategy that kept him on track while the leaders pitted. Carpenter then assumed the lead for the first time in his IndyCar Series career. The gamble paid off when the yellow flag came out on lap 168 as Carpenter only had enough fuel for two green flag laps. He was able to pit under caution and resume his spot amongst the lead pack. From there he drove from seventh to finish fifth.
Carpenter scored his second top-five finish of the season and has now moved up to seventh in the championship point standings.
Hamilton and the No. 22 The Computer is Personal Again - HP and Kingdom Racing sponsored car started from the 18th spot, but a broken wing adjuster early in the race left him battling understeer and an ill handling car during the entire race. He still managed to run strong, finish in the 14th spot; and remain on the lead lap.
Driving the Lilly Diabetes No. 2 Vision Racing machine, Foyt started from the 31st position and worked his way up to the 24th spot when on his second pit stop, his car caught fire due to exiting the pits while the fuel probe was still engaged. The fire was quickly extinguished and Foyt later returned to the race. He hung on to take 21st on the day. He is now 16th in the point standings.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm really disappointed. I was moving up and running really well until that pitstop.I was told to go but I guess the fuel probe was still hooked up so it broke it off and fuel went everywhere and caught fire. I got out of the car and they put out the fire. They got everything cleaned up and after I got a new helmet I went back out. It was a miserable day of racing for me, riding around, trying to stay out of everybody's way, and you can get into trouble doing that and I had a few close calls. I actually find myself looking forward to Milwaukee just to get this one out of my system as fast as possible."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"My car was better at the end than it was at the beginning and that's what you want. We were kind of the same way in this race as we were most of the month, just outside of the very top guys. We were right there and for the most part we had a clean race. We had a pitstop problem with the transmission not wanting to go to neutral and I ended up in the back of the line on the lead lap. Luckily we caught a break with a yellow and got back out front. I think we could probably have finished in front of Helio (Castroneves), but either way I'm just really happy for Menards, Johns Mansville, Lily, CardioChek, DirecTV and everyone involved with the Vision Racing team. To be in the top five at Indianapolis is a great feeling and I'm happy for all the people that helped make it happen, especially my mom and Tony (George) for giving me the opportunity to show everyone that I do belong on this stage. I really think we'll be able to give the Vision team a win this year. This is a good team that is getting better each race and I think it's just a matter of time."
Davey Hamilton - No. 22 The Computer is Personal Again/HP/Kingdom Racing - Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm pretty disappointed with our race. First thing was that our nose wing broke early on in the race and you can tell because there's no rubber on it on the right side. We kept trying to add wing to try to get the understeer out but the adjuster inside must have broken. We'll take it apart and take a look at it but the Vision guys just do such a tremendous job and its not anyone's fault. It just really hurt us because we had that understeer all day. I was only as fast as the car in front of me. I really had to work hard to try to pass anyone. It's a long day to go just four spots ahead of where we started so yeah I'm very disappointed. I'll be honest, I didn't feel like I was a hundred percent either. The rain really hurt me this month. I just didn't have enough practice laps in traffic and race with the guys out there. I know its the same for everybody but these guys race full time, week in and week out, know what they can do. Coming in just once a year, it's almost impossible to do. The one positive is that we finished in the front half of the field and for a one-off guy, I guess that's not too bad. I was a lot happier after the race last year but this year I just didn't feel as ready and I think that was due to the rain and the mechanical problem didn't help. I don't want to think of this as my last race because I just love this sport so much that I just hate to give it up but I guess we'll just have to see what happens."