CARPENTER MATCHES BEST INDYCAR START AS HE AND SCHECKTER WILL START SEVENTH AND EIGHTH FOR VISION RACING AT MILWAUKEE WEST ALLIS, Wisc. Matching his best-ever IndyCar Series start, Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, will begin the race in the...
CARPENTER MATCHES BEST INDYCAR START AS HE AND SCHECKTER WILL START SEVENTH AND EIGHTH FOR VISION RACING AT MILWAUKEE
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. Matching his best-ever IndyCar Series start, Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, will begin the race in the top-ten for the first time in 2006 as he takes the green flag for the ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Indy 225 in the seventh spot. Tomorrow's race will be the first time that both Vision Racing entries have started in the top-ten.
Carpenter's rookie season in 2004 at Texas Motor Speedway marked the first time he started in the seventh spot in an IndyCar. His previous best start in 2006 also came at Texas when he started 11th.
In two previous attempts at The Milwaukee Mile, Carpenter started in the 14th spot with Cheever Racing and finished the race in 11th, and last year with Vision Racing he started from the 16th position and finished in the 12th spot.
Starting just behind Carpenter this weekend will be his teammate, Tomas Scheckter, who will begin the race from the eighth position for the third time this season. Scheckter's best start in 2006 came at Texas when he started fifth. Scheckter also has two prior runs at Milwaukee and in 2004 he also started the race in eighth, but transmission failure left him out early in 21st. A year later he faired much better as he started and finished in the third spot.
When the green flag drops on tomorrow's 225-lap/225-mile event, both Carpenter and Scheckter will look to give the team their sixth top-ten finish in a row. Carpenter is coming off a tenth place finish at Nashville Superspeedway and Scheckter hopes to rebound from his 15th place finish which included a broken driveshaft late in the race while leaving the pits in the fifth spot.
The ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at The Milwuakee Mile will air Sunday afternoon, July 23rd, at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (July 22, 2006)
Ed Carpenter - #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Starting Position: 7th Qualifying Speed: 170.245 mph Top Speed in Practice Today: 169.662 mph Overall Rank in Practice Today: 11th on speed chart Pole Position: Helio Castroneves (No. 3 - Marlboro Team Penske)
On qualifying and practice: "Our weekend has been good. Yesterday we spent a lot of time working on race setup and yesterday afternoon I would have liked to have been a little quicker. So we all put our heads together last night and made a couple of changes for today and the car is driving really nice. We picked up a little speed from where we practiced and the field is just so close here. The times have tightened up so much from yesterday to today. I'm happy with my time and I feel like we have a good car for the race too so we'll see where we end up."
Tomas Scheckter - #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Starting Position: 8th Qualifying Speed: 170.032 mph average Top Speed in Practice Today: 170.296 mph Overall Rank in Practice Today: 6th on speed chart Pole Position: Helio Castroneves (No. 3 - Marlboro Team Penske)
On qualifying and practice: "I don't think my qualifying run was too good. I think we may have some work to do on the gears, but we'll get a look at it and see what happens tomorrow for the race. We've been practicing well so that's good and I'm confident that we'll have a good racecar, I just wish that I could have had a little better qualifying run."