SCHECKTER RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK SEVENTH PLACE FINISH GIVING VISION RACING FOURTH TOP-10 FINISH IN A ROW; CARPENTER OVERCOMES ADVERSITY TO FINISH RACE IN 16TH KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, battled...
SCHECKTER RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK SEVENTH PLACE FINISH GIVING VISION RACING FOURTH TOP-10 FINISH IN A ROW; CARPENTER OVERCOMES ADVERSITY TO FINISH RACE IN 16TH
KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Vision Racing drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, battled warm afternoon temperatures, high-speed Indy Car Series traffic and even mechanical issues to finish the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway in seventh and 16th, respectively.
Scheckter earned his fourth top-10 finish in a row and back to back seventh place finish in the #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Scheckter started the race from the eighth spot and ran as high as fifth in the 200-lap, 300-mile affair.
Scheckter's consistent performances of late have moved him from 13th in the IndyCar Series standings to a 12th place tie with Danica Patrick. This seventh place finish matches his finish last weekend under the lights at Richmond International Raceway; also Scheckter's best of the 2006 season.
Carpenter looked good early despite experiencing trouble on Saturday during practice and qualifying. After a successful first practice session on Saturday, Carpenter was not happy with the #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the second practice session and qualifying, where he was 16th quick. However, the crew worked tirelessly and had the car back up to speed and ready for race day.
At the drop of the green flag, Carpenter charged hard up through the field and ran as high as eighth. His tenacity behind the wheel had him in position to record his fourth top-10 in a row as well, but an issue with the car on lap 37 brought Carpenter in early. The team worked on the car quickly to fix the problem and get Carpenter back on track where he held on to complete the race 11 laps down in the 16th spot. Carpenter remains in the 16th spot in the IndyCar Series points standings.
Both Carpenter and Scheckter will enjoy a week off and be ready to avenge for the team's fifth top-10 in a row when the IndyCar Series resumes at Nashville Superspeedway for Firestone Indy 200. The 200-lap/266-mile event will air July 15th, at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I think that's one of the better races we've had. The team has really done a good job. We came to Kansas with a decent setup and maybe ran a little too much downforce at the end, but overall we had a good car. We needed another yellow there right at the end for me to race with the leaders, because with the lapped traffic in between it was really difficult to catch up and battle for position. But overall, it was a really good race weekend for us and hopefully we can keep the momentum going at Nashville."
Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It's a disappointing day. The whole weekend was a little bit of a struggle. The team has been doing such a good job and its no different here. We had a good test here and when we unloaded the car was good, but when we went out to qualify I felt like there was a problem. I thought we had it under control, but then we had issues again in the race. It's frustrating because I had a car that was absolutely flying at the start of the race and then to be hampered by something twice in the race when I initially I thought we had a problem all weekend is tough. We are trying to claw our way up through the points and the guys and I have really been working our butts off to get there, but when something like this happens it's tough. That's racing though and we'll overcome it and get ready to head to Nashville."