VISION RACING TO START EIGHTH AND 16th AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, qualified seventh and 16th, respectively, on the sun-drenched Kansas Speedway in preparation for Sunday's...
VISION RACING TO START EIGHTH AND 16th AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, qualified seventh and 16th, respectively, on the sun-drenched Kansas Speedway in preparation for Sunday's Kansas Lottery Indy 300. When the green flag drops on tomorrow's 200 lap/300 mile event, both Scheckter and Carpenter look to finish in the top-10 for the fourth race in a row.
Scheckter hopes he can improve upon his best finish at Kansas which he scored last year for Panther Racing when he was fifth. A run like that would not only extend his streak of top-10 finishes, but give Vision Racing their best-ever finish as well. Scheckter is well on his way to doing that by completing strong, consistent runs all day. In the morning practice sessions he was seventh quick overall; turning 82 laps and a top speed of 211.520 mph. He then went out for qualifying this afternoon and posted the eighth fastest two-lap average of 210.409 mph in the #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
However, Scheckter's teammate did not experience the same good fortune. After a successful first practice session, Carpenter was not happy with the #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the second practice session and qualifying. Although, Carpenter's best speed in 97 laps of practice was 210.913 mph, which was the 10th fastest practice speed on the day.
In addition to disappointing results for the second practice session where Carpenter was 18th in the field, he was not able to go out initially for his qualifying attempt after the crew reported a water leak with the car. The crew rallied to fix the problem, allowing Carpenter to complete one lap of qualifying at the end of the qualifying session. His qualifying speed was 16th best at 208.629 mph.
The team will now work to get Carpenter's machine back up to speed prior to tomorrow morning's warm-up session and give both Carpenter and Scheckter the strong cars they need to make another run at a top-10 finish. The Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway will air Sunday afternoon, July 2nd, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (July 1, 2006)
Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Starting Position: 8th Qualifying Speed: 210.409 mph average Top Speed in Practice: 211.520 mph Total Practice Laps: 82 laps Overall Rank in Practice: 7th on speed chart Pole Position: Dan Wheldon (No. 10 -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
On qualifying and practice: "I thought that I would run a little bit better than that, so that's disappointing, but the fact that we are starting in the top-10 still has me happy with the run overall. We had productive practice sessions today and we were able to really dial in our race setups and I'm happy with our car for the race. I'm looking forward to a good race. It's going to be a different Kansas race than what we are used to because I think we'll be a little more strung out on the track, but I'm looking forward to it."
Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Starting Position: 16th Qualifying Speed: 208.629 mph Top Speed in Practice: 210.913 mph Total Practice Laps: 97 laps Overall Rank in Practice: 10th on speed chart Pole Position: Dan Wheldon (No. 10 -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
On qualifying and practice: "I'm pretty upset right now really. The car is driving really well right now, but it's not quick. We had a good test here and we worked a lot on race setups during that time and it went well. Today we unloaded and tried our qualifying setup right away and we were okay and then we just starting working again on the racecar. After the last session I just didn't feel like the car was sucking up in the draft and we thought maybe we just had a little too much downforce. But now that qualifying is over, it's apparent that something isn't right. Tomas and I have the exact same setup on the car and he's over two miles an hour quicker than me and neither of us is lifting. So something is going on. I don't know where the problem is, but I do know that our car is definitely a lot quicker than the 16th that we qualified."