RAIN RUINS VISION RACING'S FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR PRACTICE AT INDY INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay will have to wait another day to turn laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the...
RAIN RUINS VISION RACING'S FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR PRACTICE AT INDY
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay will have to wait another day to turn laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 as the fickle spring weather in Indiana has washed out the track for the day.
Both drivers and crew are anxiously awaiting precious practice time on the track in attempt to qualify both cars on "Pole Day," this Saturday, May 9th.
Driving the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Carpenter is preparing for his sixth Indianapolis 500-mile race and fifth with Vision Racing. Not to mention, Carpenter is also coming off his best ever month of May just last season when he started a career-best 10th at Indy, drove his first career IndyCar Series leader laps (3) and finished in a team and career-best fifth at the Brickyard.
Teammate Hunter-Reay and driver of the team's No. 21 Honda powered Dallara is aiming for his second attempt at Indianapolis this year and his following up his performance last year that earned him Rookie of the Year honors. In the 2008 race, driving for Rahal-Letterman Racing, Hunter-Reay started 20th and drove all the way up to finish just behind his now teammate Carpenter, in the sixth spot.
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On rain-out: "After a day like today it kind of feels like we've already been out here a week waiting to get on track! Everyone is so antsy to get on track so of course it's disappointing but there's not much we can do about it. It makes it an advantage for the guys that got to run yesterday for ROP /Refresher but hopefully everyone will get enough time on track before Pole day. They made a good decision to schedule the start of practice on Thursday a bit earlier (10:30am) but with the forecast the way it is the should forget ROP at 9:30 am and just open the track to everyone. Stanton Barrett still needs to clear his rookie orientation but from what I saw he looked to be pretty good out there. I'd like to see the track open up as soon as possible because the forecast doesn't look that great tomorrow either."
Ryan Hunter-Reay - No. 21 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On rain-out: "It's disappointing when you wake up in the morning at the track to the sound of IndyCars on track for rookie orientation and you don't get a chance to get out there yourself. It's disappointing because I've been looking forward to this day for a while now but that's Indy. Last year was a rainy year but hopefully we'll get more track time this year. We'll be ready to go when it goes green and we'll get right to our program. This is a minor set back."