SCHECKTER TAKES THIRD AT MILWAUKEE GIVING VISION RACING FIRST-EVER PODIUM FINISH; CARPENTER KNOCKED OUT EARLY WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- Adversity was no match for Vision Racing driver, Tomas Scheckter, at The Milwaukee Mile today as he overcame ...
SCHECKTER TAKES THIRD AT MILWAUKEE GIVING VISION RACING FIRST-EVER PODIUM FINISH; CARPENTER KNOCKED OUT EARLY
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- Adversity was no match for Vision Racing driver, Tomas Scheckter, at The Milwaukee Mile today as he overcame several obstacles to finish third; giving Vision Racing their best-ever finish and first podium since joining the IndyCar Series in 2005. During much of the ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Indy 225, Scheckter persevered through no radio communication, a lost lap, worn tires and an eighth place start to eventually charge through the field from seventh place with 16 laps to go, and finish third for the second straight time at Milwaukee.
Scheckter's previous best finish for Vision Racing in the 2006 season was a pair of seventh place finishes at Richmond and Kansas. Today's impressive showing not only gives Vision Racing their sixth top-ten finish in a row and first top-three finish, but also moves Scheckter and the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone up from 13th to 11th in the point standings.
Scheckter had an exciting day on the one-mile oval as he led lap 74 and had the fastest lap of the race on lap 218 with a speed of 163.885 mph. Scheckter's IndyCar lap leader count now moves to 1,347 laps led in over four seasons of competition.
Starting the race in the seventh spot and matching his best-ever IndyCar start, Ed Carpenter, did not fair as well in the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Running consistently in the ninth and tenth spot for the first half of the race, Carpenter looked to score a second top-ten finish in a row, but contact shortly after a restart on lap 108 knocked Carpenter out while running in ninth. He was looking to get by fellow competitor, Helio Castroneves, when Castroneves came down on him in the turn, bringing out the caution flag out on lap 110.
The contact damaged Carpenter's right-rear suspension and ended his day, leaving him in the 16th spot. The early exit also kept Carpenter from moving up in the point standings and he remains in the 15th spot. This also marks only the second DNF for Carpenter in the seven races he's competed in this season.
IndyCar Series Action gets underway again next Sunday, July 30th at the Michigan International Speedway for the Firestone Indy 400. Both Carpenter and Scheckter will try to avenge for the team's seventh top-10 finish and second top-three finish in a row when the green flag drops on the 200-lap/400-mile event. Coverage will air Sunday, July 30th, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, 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
"We did a great job and we got our lap back which is the most important thing when Kanaan got ahead. We had a problem with our radios with about 40 laps in so I struggled giving feedback. It was always kind of a guess with pit stops and I would look across to see if the guys were in the pit and then I'd come in if they were. It helped out so much getting those tires at the end. Everybody at Vision Racing did a wonderful job today and the team has really come together."
"Racing was extremely tough and there was a lot of different tactics going on throughout the race. I'm really looking forward to coming back here next year."
"I just tried to stay on the lead lap and it worked out in the end."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I got a good restart and Helio (Castroneves) was trying to pass someone between one and two and he got a held up and I went by him and he lifted like he was giving me the corner and then he came down on me."
"We were doing ok, but we didn't get off to as good of a start as we would have liked. We made some changes on our pitstop and then had a good restart. I was confident we could battle back and it's unfortunate that we were knocked out of the race."