SCHECKTER LEADS VISION RACING WITH SIXTH PLACE QUALFYING RUN AT MICHIGAN WHILE CARPENTER TAKES TENTH BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter will start tomorrow's Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) from...
SCHECKTER LEADS VISION RACING WITH SIXTH PLACE QUALFYING RUN AT MICHIGAN WHILE CARPENTER TAKES TENTH
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter will start tomorrow's Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) from the sixth position, while Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will take the green flag in 10th and 15th, respectively.
Scheckter and Carpenter's top-10 qualifying run are the team's first in five races when Carpenter started a season-high fifth at Iowa Speedway in June.
The sixth place starting spot is also Scheckter's best of the 2007 IndyCar Series season and first top-10 qualifying run since his six races ago at Texas Motor Speedway when he started ninth. In spite of his recent qualifying woes, Scheckter's speed on the two-mile oval of MIS comes at no surprise.
In addition to scoring his first IndyCar Series victory at MIS during his rookie season in 2002, Scheckter is also the only two-time pole sitter (2002 and 2003) amongst the starting field this weekend and he's vying to become the first two-time winner in the field at MIS on Sunday as well. He's hoping that his top overall speed in the weekend's practice sessions is a prelude to a return visit to victory lane.
Scheckter has seven top-10 finishes in 12 races so far this season with his most recent coming in the last race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He and the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone are currently ninth in the Series championship point standings.
Driving the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special, Carpenter will start tomorrow's 400-mile race from the 10th spot. It is Carpenter's third top-10 qualifying run of the season.
Just last year, Carpenter earned a career-best start at MIS when he took the green flag in fourth, ran as high as second in the race and finished seventh. Prior to that, Carpenter finished 23rd in 2005 due to a mechanical failure and was 14th in his rookie year.
Carpenter is looking for his fifth top-10 finish on the season and he his currently 14th in the point standings.
A.J. Foyt IV will be starting 15th in his fourth start at MIS. Amongst his three other attempts at the track, he has a best finish of 12th coming in 2005 when he started 21st. He was running at the finish in 2004 when ended up 15th and in 2003 he fell victim to a gearbox failure and retired early in 14th.
Foyt has been running at the finish in all but three races this season and he intends to be taking the checkered flag at MIS this weekend as well. Driving the No. 22 Honda powered Dallara, Foyt is 17th in the point standings and will be vying for his second top-10 finish of the season.
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm happy because we did the best job we could do. I've just got to thank the team and everybody that has been working really hard. Starting in the top-10 is something I'm happy with. In practice we showed we had a car that is good in race-runs and that's really what we need to focus on. We have a good car so we need to have a good clean race and I think we can finish well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We were struggling finding speed this morning in practice, but we just kept working really hard and you know, my teammate, Tomas (Scheckter), has been pretty quick so we've just tried to work with him. I think what we ran is about all we had because that's what we were running in practice. The car is really good and we've got good cars for the race as well."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It wasn't good. We haven't been good since we unloaded though, so I'm frustrated. Tomas (Scheckter) and Ed (Carpenter) are looking good and we've been trying to work off their setups, but we just can't get our car to do what theirs are doing right now. It's unfortunate for my guys, because I know they are working hard to get me up there. It just doesn't seem to matter what we throw at the car, it's just not getting faster. Hopefully overnight it will come to life tomorrow."