VISION RACING LOOKS FORWARD TO LEADING THE WAY ON POLE DAY AS COOL, WET WEATHER SLOWS FAST FRIDAY TO A HALT SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- Fast Friday became "Wet Friday" as cool temperatures and soggy weather cancelled the final practice heading into the...
VISION RACING LOOKS FORWARD TO LEADING THE WAY ON POLE DAY AS COOL, WET WEATHER SLOWS FAST FRIDAY TO A HALT
SPEEDWAY, Indiana -- Fast Friday became "Wet Friday" as cool temperatures and soggy weather cancelled the final practice heading into the World Points Visa Card Pole Day on Saturday. Despite the dreary weather, spirits in the Vision Racing camp are not dampened.
Each day this week, Vision Racing drivers Townsend Bell, Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter overcame the weather, conditions, and shortened practices in order to get their cars up to speed and ready for this weekend's qualifications. The advantages of a three-car team paid off for Vision Racing this week as the each driver was able to try different set-ups and share information in spite of the lack of practice time.
The team is optimistic that they can capture three of the 11 available spots tomorrow and they must be ready when qualifying begins as Bell actually drew the second attempt at qualifying. However, since no other driver drew the first spot, he will be first in line to qualify on World Points Visa Card Pole Day. Leading the way with the first opportunity to put a car in the field for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 is only fitting for Bell given he will be driving the #90 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Not only will Bell be the first in line to qualify tomorrow, but this also marks his first ever qualifying attempt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and another crucial step in his quest for the JPMorgan Chase Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors.
Scheckter, in the #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, and Carpenter, in the #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone will follow their new teammate as they also look to secure one of the top 11 position up for grabs.
Townsend Bell-- #90Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On qualifying and having the first attempt:
"Qualifying first should be good. It is what it is and we'll make the best of it. I hope that it will actually benefit me. We'll just have to see how the day plays out. I just hope the weather and track conditions are favorable for running and we can give it our best shot."
Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Hopefully we'll get some better weather for qualifying tomorrow. These conditions make it a bit trickier, but it is the same for everyone. This reminds me of qualifying for my first 500 when it rained a couple days prior to Pole Day so I have some experience with this. I think the team feels ready. We'd like to have a bit more speed to make sure that we secure one of those top 11 spots, but we are more than capable of achieving that. So, we'll see what happens with the weather and conditions tomorrow and give it our best shot."
Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It has been a rough week given the weather and conditions, but we've still been able to do what we needed to do to get ready for qualifying. I wish we could have got the car on track today, but we have been able to work on quite a few different things this week and I think we have a good car heading into qualifying. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow."