VISION RACING READY FOR SEASON FINALE AT CHICAGOLAND FINAL RACE PRESENTS TEAM WITH OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE OVAL SUCCESS INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 7, 2007) -- Vision Racing will conclude the 2007 IndyCar Series season at Chicagoland Speedway...
VISION RACING READY FOR SEASON FINALE AT CHICAGOLAND
FINAL RACE PRESENTS TEAM WITH OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE OVAL SUCCESS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 7, 2007) -- Vision Racing will conclude the 2007 IndyCar Series season at Chicagoland Speedway for the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 on Sunday and the team is eager to take to the 1.5-mile oval after their recent oval success at Kentucky Speedway in August.
In the team's last outing on a 1.5-mile oval at Kentucky, they put together their best-ever collective finish as all three cars finished in the top-10 and A.J. Foyt IV matched the team's highest finish of third. That same race, Foyt's teammates Tomas Scheckter and Carpenter finished fifth and seventh. With the final race of the season upon them, the Vision Racing trio will be looking to repeat and improve upon their Kentucky outing and challenge for the team's first victory this weekend.
Foyt's only IndyCar Series race of 2006 came at Chicagoland Speedway as he filled in for the injured Dario Franchitti at Andretti Green Racing. Foyt led his first career IndyCar Series leader laps in that race and finished 12th. In 2003 with A.J. Foyt racing, he started 21st and finished 17th. Again with his grandfather's team in 2004 he started sixth and finished 16th due to an accident and the next year he started 14th and took the checkered flag in 11th.
He said, "Well, after running third at Kentucky on our last oval, I've wanted to come to Chicagoland. I know the guys are going to give me a good car so we just have to run a good race and stay out of trouble and I know we can have another good run like that."
Foyt has been running at the finish for 12 of 16 races this season driving the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Currently 14th in the point standings, he will be vying for his fifth top-10 finish of the season on Sunday.
Scheckter will be racing at Chicagoland Speedway for the fifth time in his IndyCar Series career. His best finish at the track came when he finished fourth in 2005 with Panther racing after starting third. In his first start at Chicagoland driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, he had his best start there taking the green flag in second and finishing fifth. In 2004 with Panther he started 22nd and finished 19th due to an accident. Last year with Vision Racing he started seventh and finished 10th.
"I'm looking forward to Chicagoland because I think we have a pretty good oval package and after Kentucky, we were able to show as a team what we are capable of," Scheckter said. "With all of our practice and qualifying on Saturday, we've got to unload the cars and be quick right out of the truck, but I think we are ready for the challenge. We have the potential to have another great weekend; we just have to take advantage of that."
Scheckter has finished in the top-10 nine times this season, putting he and the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone ninth in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings heading into Sunday's finale.
Carpenter made history in September of 2003 at Chicagoland Speedway when he became the first driver to compete in a Indy Pro Series event and an IndyCar Series event on the same weekend. It was also Carpenter's first career IndyCar Series start and driving for PDM Racing he put in a respectable rookie run starting 16th and finishing 13th.
However, last year's race at Chicagoland is perhaps one of Carpenter's most notable as he drove to a fifth place finish in the season finale. That also happens to be his career-best IndyCar Series finish. Driving the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine beyond fifth will only suit Carpenter this year.
He said, "Chicagoland is where I got my first IndyCar start so I have always liked that track. We had a good race there last year so to leave there with another top-five finish would be a great way to end the season. We are capable of doing that so if we leave there without a top-five finish I will be disappointed. I should have finished higher at Kentucky as well so I feel like I have some unfinished business on a 1.5-mile oval right now. I'm looking forward to Chicagoland just because I know what we can do there and I think that it will be a good race."
Carpenter also has two other starts at Chicagoland in an IndyCar. In 2004 with Cheever Racing, he starting 16th and finished 11th, while in 2005 with Vision Racing he started 19th and finished 17th.
Currently 15th in the point standings, Carpenter is looking for his seventh top-10 of the season in his last outing of the season.
The 200-lap, 300-mile event will air live on Sunday, September 9th, at 4:00 p.m. on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.