VISION RACING LOOKS TO REPEAT PODIUM THIS SUNDAY AT MICHIGAN BREAKING BACK INTO THE TOP-FIVE MAIN FOCUS FOR SCHECKTER AND CARPENTER ON SUNDAY INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 26, 2006) --Coming off the team's first podium and best-ever finish, Vision ...
VISION RACING LOOKS TO REPEAT PODIUM THIS SUNDAY AT MICHIGAN
BREAKING BACK INTO THE TOP-FIVE MAIN FOCUS FOR SCHECKTER AND CARPENTER ON SUNDAY
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 26, 2006) --Coming off the team's first podium and best-ever finish, Vision Racing is eagerly awaiting the drop of the green flag for the Firestone Indy 400 on Sunday. Vision driver, Tomas Scheckter, persevered through no radio communications with the team, worn tires, and a lost lap to take third place last Sunday in Milwaukee. Now, heading into the 11th of 14 IndyCar Series races, Scheckter and teammate, Ed Carpenter, look to return to the podium at Michigan International Speedway and give the team its seventh top-ten finish in a row.
Perhaps there is no better track on the schedule for Scheckter to repeat his recent success. Scheckter scored his first IndyCar Series victory and third pole during his rookie season for Cheever Racing at Michigan in 2002. In 2003, he again started from the pole and finished third for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The following year, Scheckter fell on hard times at Michigan with Panther Racing as he started 13th and finished 19th, however, last year he rebounded nicely. Again with Panther Racing in 2005, Scheckter started second and finished third. In his four previous attempts at Michigan, Scheckter's average starting position is 4.25 and his average finish is 6.5.
Scheckter said, "I've had some great races at Michigan. I got my first win there in an IndyCar during my rookie season so it will always have a special meaning to me. Since that time I've had some other pretty good races there, so it's the perfect place for me to get back into the top-three after last week's race at Milwaukee. I really have to thank the team and our sponsors for a great run last weekend. I hope that we can carry that momentum to Michigan and do it again."
Scheckter, in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, is beginning to make his climb back into the top-ten in the driver points standings. His third place finish on Sunday at Milwaukee moved him from 13th in the driver point standings to the 11th spot. He has six top-ten finishes on the season thus far.
Driving the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Carpenter is having some of the most success in his IndyCar Series career this season. At Watkins Glen International, Carpenter advanced 12 positions during the race to finish a career-high of sixth and last weekend at Milwaukee he matched his career-best IndyCar start of seventh. Not to mention he's finished in the top-ten four times this season and has finished six of the eight races in which he has competed.
Carpenter has two previous attempts at Michigan International Speedway and in 2004, Carpenter started in 15th and finished in the 14th spot in his rookie season with Cheever Racing. Last year he started in the 22nd spot with Vision Racing, but a mechanical failure took him out early and left him in the 23rd position. He will look to use the team's recent success to break into the top-five at the two-mile oval.
"I'm looking forward to going to Michigan. We had a lot of momentum going for us heading into Milwaukee and Tomas was able to capitalize on that. I think we could have been right there with him, but got caught up in trouble. That left me out of the action and we lost a lot of possible points because of that, so I'm ready to head to Michigan. Since Tomas did well at Milwaukee, the team as a whole has a lot of momentum heading into Michigan and I'm looking forward to doing something big this weekend."