SCHECKTER GIVES VISION RACING A TOP-10 FINISH IN INAUGURAL RACE AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter earned a top-10 finish in his debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after coming in ninth place in the Honda...
SCHECKTER GIVES VISION RACING A TOP-10 FINISH IN INAUGURAL RACE AT MID-OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter earned a top-10 finish in his debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after coming in ninth place in the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance. The inaugural IndyCar Series event at the track also featured teammates A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter and their 13th and 16th place finishes.
The ninth place drive by Scheckter puts his No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the top-10 for the seventh time this season and for the first time since three races ago at Richmond International Raceway.
Starting from 12th today, Scheckter ran as high as sixth and was running in eighth when contact with Dan Wheldon with just two laps to go cost him a position on track. The ninth place finish moved Scheckter up one spot in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to ninth.
Driving the team's No. 22 Honda powered Dallara, Foyt started in 14th, ran as high as 12th and finished in the 13th position. A loose tire after a pit stop forced Foyt to make and extra stop and foiled his chances of moving up through the field. However, today's running finish for Foyt is his ninth out of 12 races on the season. He remains 17th in the Series point standings.
Carpenter started the day from the 16th spot, also ran as high as 12th and ultimately finished 16th due to a pair of bad pit stops. His second stop was marred with a slow time and his final stop was plagued with a faulty clutch. In spite of the setbacks in the pits, Carpenter soldiered on in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special to tick off some good lap times and take the checkered flag. Carpenter remains 14th in the point standings.
Next week the IndyCar Series will enjoy a much deserved weekend off before heading to Michigan International Speedway for the Michigan Indy 400. The 200-lap, 400-mile event will air live on Sunday, August 5th, at noon (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"First I've just got to thank my guys who gave me some really great pit stops today. That really made the difference. I'm thrilled for the team that we could finally finish back into the top-10 again before our weekend off. We really needed to get some momentum this weekend and I think we found a little bit today. Hopefully we can build off of that at Michigan."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"The race went pretty well. We had some trouble in the pits which hurt us and caused us to make an extra stop, but overall the car ran pretty well and I was able to get another finish under my belt. Just running as many laps as I can on these road courses is important so I was glad that we could do that today."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We just really hurt ourselves in the pits today. In our second stop we had a bobble with one of the tires and then the clutch gave out in our final stop so that didn't help us out any. Outside of some understeer, the car was pretty quick and we ran some good laps throughout the race. We were able to run quicker than we qualified so that's a positive for us. Obviously I would have liked a better finish, but we just have to get better in the pits. Mid-Ohio is a fun place to drive, but given the results, I'm ready to take a weekend off and head to Michigan. Hopefully we can run well there like last year and get back on the right track."