CARPENTER TAKES SEVENTH AT MILWAUKEE TO LEAD VISION RACING WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter got back to early season form at the Milwaukee Mile today as he finished in the top 10 and took seventh place in the ABC Supply Co.
CARPENTER TAKES SEVENTH AT MILWAUKEE TO LEAD VISION RACING
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter got back to early season form at the Milwaukee Mile today as he finished in the top 10 and took seventh place in the ABC Supply Co. Inc./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 presented by Time Warner Cable today.
It's Vision Racing's sixth straight top 10 in as many IndyCar Series events this season and the team's second straight seventh place finish as Carpenter's teammate, Tomas Scheckter, was seventh last Sunday in the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500.
For Carpenter, however, today's seventh place finish after starting in eighth is a welcomed sight. Carpenter and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special have fallen victim to various on-track incidents this season, thus leaving him sidelined at race's end. Nonetheless, Carpenter persevered to earn a career-high finish at Milwaukee today and move up in the IndyCar Series championship point standings.
Carpenter's strong run allowed him to jump four spots in the point standings to go from 16th to 12th.
Teammate A.J. Foyt IV in the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone extended his streak of finishing races today. Foyt has now been running at the finish for the fifth race in a row. He started 12th and took 13th in what turned out to be a career-best finish for Foyt at the Milwaukee Mile.
Unfortunately for Foyt, while he managed to bring the car home safely in the race, he did lose one spot in the point standings as he dropped to 14th.
Scheckter, who started 13th in the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone, made a charge on the opening lap to grab ninth position. He ran as high as seventh, but a broken driveshaft suffered after pitting around lap 160 for a splash of Ethanol left him unable to finish the race. His 17th place finish is Scheckter's first DNF of the 2007 IndyCar Series season and snaps his season-long streak of top 10 finishes.
Fortunately for Scheckter, his seventh place spot in the championship point standings will remain as the team heads to the Texas Motor Speedway this coming Saturday evening for a shootout under the lights.
Scheckter has a win on the speedy 1.5-mile oval and he finished 10th there last season while Carpenter was ninth.
Look for all three Vision Racing machines to make a strong run at Texas for the Bombardier Learjet 550K. The 228-lap, 342-mile event will air live on Saturday June 9th, at 10 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It was okay. It was a typical Milwaukee race as these races are pretty tough. This is a tough track that changes a lot during the race which makes it difficult. We faded a lot early on because my car wasn't very good at the start and once the track took on more rubber, the car just kept coming to us. It's good to get back into the top 10 and to finish a race again. We kind of got lost on a bad streak of not finishing races so it's good to get the momentum back and head on to Texas. We had awesome racecars at Texas last year so it's just good to get some momentum going again for the whole team."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"When the green flag dropped to start the race I thought our car was good. We picked up a few spots and we were running pretty good times, but then I got some stuff on my tires and we dropped way off the pace. We just had to drive it a little easy until our first pit stop. Then we were able to get after it again. Overall I'm just kind of disappointed because I think we missed it a little bit with the setup of the car, but Ed (Carpenter) pulled through for the team and got us a good finish. Now I'm just looking forward to going to Texas and having all three Vision cars running well."
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It's unfortunate really. We didn't qualify well so that hurt us, but we did make a charge on the first lap to get into the top 10. We were doing okay, but then fell back a bit. We were hanging in there and getting ready to make another charge late in the race when we broke a driveshaft in the pits. I just hate it for our guys. We've been running well all season and then to snap our streak of top 10 finishes like this is frustrating, but we've got Texas just ahead of us and I know we'll be ready for it. I'm always looking forward to Texas and I'm confident we'll get things turned around again there."