MOTHER'S DAY TO BE HONORED BY VISION RACING DRIVERS SPEEDWAY, Indiana (May 10, 2008) - Even though second-round qualifying for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway,...
MOTHER'S DAY TO BE HONORED BY VISION RACING DRIVERS
SPEEDWAY, Indiana (May 10, 2008) - Even though second-round qualifying for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, positions 12 through 22 will not be the only thing in the limelight at the Brickyard. Sharing the attention will be the time-honored tradition of celebrating moms, affectionately known as Mother's Day.
Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Davey Hamilton most certainly will be keeping their mothers in mind tomorrow.
Carpenter, who pilots the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine said about his mother and team co-owner Laura George, "My mom is what holds my family together. We're a close family because of her. She's just such a big part of everyday and everything I do. She tried, when I was 15 or 16, to get me out of racing by buying me whatever passenger car I wanted instead of running in a midget sprint car but eventually she realized that this is what I wanted to do, and she supported me a hundred percent."
However, coming to the realization that his son was determined to race and experiencing exactly why he enjoys racing so much, were two very different things for Laura as Carpenter went on to add, "I once gave mom a two-seater ride in Fontana. We actually put a heart rate monitor on her and it was pretty much 180 bpm the whole time. I know she was nervous and there was a panic button in the cockpit for her to press just in case. I did warn her not to bother pushing it because I wasn't going to stop. I really wanted her to experience it. I don't think she really liked it. She might be glad she did it to experience it at least once and in the end it wasn't the speed that bothered her as much as the helmet that made her feel claustrophobic."
Foyt, who drives the No. 2 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara attributes a lot of his current success to the care and guidance of his mother, Nancy Foyt. "The thing I appreciate the most about my mom is all the time she's spent with me," Foyt said. "When I first started racing, she was the one always taking me to the track and it was always just me and her going racing all the time because my Dad was so busy. Looking back on that and all the things she's done for me, it's a big part of why I'm here today."
The newest addition to the Vision Racing stable for the month of May is the No. 22 The Computer is Personal Again/HP/Kingdom Racing sponsored Vision Racing Dallara/Honda Firestone car driven by Hamilton. He admits that while she's still supportive of him and his racing career, he laughingly adds that his mother Judy might have more than him on her mind these days.
"My mom Judy has traded me in for my son DJ now. She used to come to all of my races and she'll of course be here for the Indianapolis 500 again, but she's now hanging with her grandson at his races and that's okay. She does a good job of taking care of him like she does for me. She has just been such a big supporter throughout my life and career. She's been through all the good days and the bad days and I couldn't have done it without her. She was so supportive of my decision last year to make a comeback and that was good because it's hard to get those things by your mother. I love her for that and so much more. It'll be nice to have her here at Indy with me again."