CARPENTER LEADS VISION RACING'S MILWAUKEE QUALIFYING EFFORT WITH EIGHTH PLACE RUN WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter matched his starting position from a year ago at the famous Milwaukee Mile with another eighth place...
CARPENTER LEADS VISION RACING'S MILWAUKEE QUALIFYING EFFORT WITH EIGHTH PLACE RUN
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter matched his starting position from a year ago at the famous Milwaukee Mile with another eighth place starting spot for the ABC Supply Co. Inc./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 presented by Time Warner Cable.
Carpenter led the Vision Racing trio of drivers in qualifying despite having a rough go of it in the day's two IndyCar Series practice sessions. His 167.066 average speed for qualifying was the fastest laps that he turned all day in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special.
Last year at Milwaukee Carpenter finished in the 16th spot after being knocked out of the race early by Helio Castroneves on lap 108. He's hoping this year's eighth place start leads to better results.
Teammate A.J. Foyt IV faired well in his return to Milwaukee in over two years. Like Carpenter, Foyt also ran his quickest laps of the day in the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone during qualifying and secured the 12th spot on the grid for tomorrow's race.
Foyt is poised to continue his run of finishing races this season while here at Milwaukee. He has been running at the finish for the last four races in a row, including a season-high finish of ninth at Kansas and a 14th place run last weekend at Indianapolis.
After qualifying, Tomas Scheckter was not quite as pleased as his Vision Racing teammates. The South African actually qualified a bit slower than where he had practiced earlier in the day. He will start just behind Foyt in the 13th position.
Undoubtedly, the team's No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone will be a car to watch when the green flag drops tomorrow as Scheckter will be negotiating traffic to at least get back into the top 10 and keep his streak of five straight top 10 finishes alive in 2007.
In all five races this year, Scheckter has finished in the top 10 and even scored a fifth place finish at Kansas. Last Sunday he came in seventh at Indianapolis as well.
In addition, Scheckter has two straight third place finishes at the Milwaukee Mile, which also happens to be the team's highest finish thus far. Needless to say, he will be looking to put on another good show at Milwaukee this year.
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On practice and qualifying:
"We struggled in practice before qualifying so I wasn't sure what to expect, but all in all, I'm pretty happy with where we qualified. That's actually quite a bit quicker than what we had been the whole time. If anything I wish we could have got the car in practice to where it is now so we could have got even a little more out of it and gone quicker than that. But overall we did well. With the way practice went, I didn't know what we had going into qualifying so I'll take it."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We had our best laps of the day and it's always good to run your best laps in qualifying, so that's very good. We struggled a little bit right before qualifying so I was kind of nervous going into it, but the car turned out to be really good. You always want to go a little bit better, but like I said, this is our best laps of the day and I haven't been here in a couple of years so I think it's a good run for us."
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Unfortunately we went out for qualifying and we were even slower than where we practiced. I'm just very frustrated with how we qualified. We are capable of better and I while I think we will have a better showing in the race tomorrow, I'm still very disappointed in our starting spot. So we'll go back and have a look at it and get it sorted out by tomorrow."