MOTEGI, Japan -- Entering the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 with two good racecars, Vision Racing had high hopes and expectations for the third IndyCar Series event of the 2006 season, however, misfortune struck both cars. Tomas Scheckter in the ...
MOTEGI, Japan -- Entering the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 with two good racecars, Vision Racing had high hopes and expectations for the third IndyCar Series event of the 2006 season, however, misfortune struck both cars.
Tomas Scheckter in the #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone finished the race in 13th position. Scheckter was forced to start 12th because of qualifying being canceled due to weather. He was running well until a loss of fuel left him coasting into the pits on lap 150. The long stop put Scheckter four laps down and in 14th place. Felipe Giaffone in the #14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises made contact with the wall on lap 158 which put Scheckter in 13th place, where he remained until the checkered flag. Until that point, Scheckter was putting together a good race and even led three laps starting with lap 97. Prior to the long stop, Scheckter consistently ran in the top 10.
Scheckter's teammate, Ed Carpenter also had a tough race after getting caught up in an unavoidable accident. Carpenter in the #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone finished in the 20th spot after making contact with Tomas Enge in the #51Cheever Racing machine on lap 25. Enge was looking to pit when his car went up the race track and into the path of Carpenter. Unable to avoid Enge's car, Carpenter was caught up in the incident. Like Scheckter, Carpenter was putting together a good race before the accident. Prior to being knocked out of the race, Carpenter had started 19th, fallen to 20th, worked his way up to 17th and was chasing down the cars in front him.
Heading into the next race, the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500, Scheckter is 13th in the entrant point standings while Carpenter is in the 19th spot. Both drivers look for a very strong rebound in May. They will get a chance to do that as round four of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series continues with the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 airing at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm fairly unhappy right now because we had a really good car, but there was a combination of things from me getting stuck in the IRL hard limiter to running out of fuel. It's a real pity to walk away from a race knowing you had such a good car. I think the important thing is we brought the car home and I know we're all geared up for Indianapolis."
Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Enge broke going on the back stretch and I saw him throwing sparks and I just hoped he wouldn't come back up the race track, but he did and I had no place to go. I hate it for our Vision Racing team since our guys have been working so hard. This is not the way I wanted to leave here, but we're all focused on having a successful month of May."