RECENT TEST PREPARES VISION RACING WELL FOR AMBER ALERT PORTAL INDY 300 Career Best and Strong Test Makes Kentucky Speedway a Favorite for Ed Carpenter INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 11, 2005) -- A year ago in August, rookie driver Ed Carpenter...
RECENT TEST PREPARES VISION RACING WELL FOR AMBER ALERT PORTAL INDY 300
Career Best and Strong Test Makes Kentucky Speedway a Favorite for Ed Carpenter
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 11, 2005) -- A year ago in August, rookie driver Ed Carpenter notched his career best finish (7th place) in the Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series. Now in his sophomore year with rookie team, Vision Racing, Carpenter hopes to equal or surpass that seventh place finish at the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 held at one of Carpenter's favorite tracks on the circuit; the Kentucky Speedway.
Carpenter remembers well the car that helped him score his career best finish. "I had a car that handled very well on the outside groove last year, and a car that handled very well in the draft," Carpenter said. "I will be looking to get the same type of car this year. The key will be to have a car that can go anywhere on the track, that is how you will have to pass."
After last week's successful private manufacturer's test with Toyota and Chevrolet at the Kentucky Speedway, Vision Racing may have been able to set-up the racecar that Carpenter desires. He said, "Compared to other events that we have went into this season, we have a much larger head start going into the event, and I feel that we are much more prepared. I am looking forward to returning to Kentucky."
A head start on the competition is the perfect remedy for a team that found itself struggling at the Michigan International Raceway for the Firestone Indy 400. Starting in the final spot of the grid and dropping out of the race first due to an engine failure; resulted in the team's first mechanical failure in 11 races.
Carpenter said, "Michigan was a tough weekend. It wasn't that we did much of anything wrong, just luck. I don't know that we are going to change our approach at all. We are more prepared for this race due to the test. Hopefully luck will be on our side unlike Michigan."
Prior to Firestone Indy 400, the team had found some momentum by finishing four races in a row, including a top ten finish at the Nashville Superspeedway for the Firestone Indy 200. "Going into Kentucky, we need to regain the momentum that we had prior to Michigan," Carpenter said. "Kentucky was my best finish last year, so I am looking to one up that, and none the less be in the top ten."
A top ten finish would mark the second top ten of the season for Carpenter and the second in the history of Vision Racing. In addition, a top ten finish would inject much need points into Carpenter's current point total. Heading into this weekend, Carpenter is 19th in 2005 driver points standings, just two points behind Anthony Foyt and nine points behind 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion, Buddy Rice.
With six races remaining on the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series schedule, the Kentucky Speedway presents Carpenter and crew another opportunity to conclude their first season together on a high note. Vision Racing boasts a crew with an exceptional first-year reliability record and a driver that's building a reputation for finishing races, which gives the team an optimistic attitude for the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300. Summing it up, Carpenter added, "As long as we do our job I think we will be in good shape for the race."