VISION RACING COMPLETES CONSISTENT FINAL PRACTICE; READY TO ROCK FOR RACE SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- Vision Racing took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just one more time before the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 for a one-hour practice...
VISION RACING COMPLETES CONSISTENT FINAL PRACTICE; READY TO ROCK FOR RACE
SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- Vision Racing took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just one more time before the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 for a one-hour practice session on Miller Light Carb Day. All three Rock & Republic sponsored, Honda powered Dallaras performed well for the team and remained consistent with the practice and qualifying speeds recorded all month long.
Tomas Scheckter in the #2 Vision Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone was the quickest of the trio of Vision Racing drivers in the 8th spot. He had a top speed of 218.698 mph today. Scheckter, who qualified in the middle of row four, the 11th spot, will start his fifth Indianapolis 500 race on Sunday. This will be the second time in a row that Scheckter has started in the 11th spot. He's also started in the 10th spot twice for the Indianapolis 500 and he has never started any higher than the 12th position.
Ed Carpenter in the #20 Vision Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone rounded out the top 10 with a top speed of 218.417 mph. Carpenter earned his best starting spot in his third attempt at the Indianapolis 500 with the 12th quickest four-lap average. Carpenter's previous best IndyCar Series start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was 16th in his rookie season.
Teammate, Townsend Bell in the #90 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone had a best lap of 217.962 mph, making him 13th fastest on the speed chart. Competing as a rookie at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bell is challenging for the JPMorgan Chase Rookie of the Year award. Thus far he is the fastest rookie of the month with the ninth best speed overall at 226.552 mph. Bell qualified in the 15th and second among the rookies for the race.
90th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Practice Results and Quotes (May 26, 2006):
Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On the Indianapolis 500:
"There are so many things that play into this race and it's definitely all coming together for Vision Racing. It's great having Rock & Republic on our cars. It's such a great, young image and we get so much positive influence from the fans. I enjoy having them on the car as well as wearing their jeans and clothing. The whole team has come closer this month and really Vision Racing has put themselves in a category that they weren't in before. It's just great and we want to make sure we keep this ball rolling and get a good result when Sunday comes along."
Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On the Indianpolis 500:
"It's been a good month for Vision Racing and I think we are ready for the race. The crew has done a great job all month long and it's shown in our practice results. The team has really grown since the last time we were here and it's nice to be here with a competitive car and team. I'm feeling good about what we can do on Sunday. It's also nice to have Rock & Republic on board. Their involvement has been important to Vision Racing this month and they have also played a part in our growth this month. I'm really looking forward to the race and showing what this team can do."
Townsend Bell-- #90Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On the Indianapolis 500:
"I'm just focusing now on what the race is going to be like and the sort of mentality I want to have on race day. It's a long race and I think the traffic and temperatures this morning were pretty indicative of the conditions we'll see in the race. I think you are going to have to make smart moves all day long, be patient, and just maximize what you have. It's been a trouble-free month from almost every standpoint It seems like things have just happened pretty smoothly for us as a team that's adding a third car. It's been great and it's really helped our confidence. I feel confident, comfortable and very excited to start the race."