IRL: Nashville: Vision Racing Friday notes

FOYT LEADS VISION RACING WITH 11TH PLACE QUALIFYING RUN AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, Tenn. -- Vision Racing driver A.J. Foyt IV will start 11th in tomorrow evening's Firestone Indy 200 on the concrete 1.33-mile oval at Nashville Superspeedway. Fellow...

FOYT LEADS VISION RACING WITH 11TH PLACE QUALIFYING RUN AT NASHVILLE

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Vision Racing driver A.J. Foyt IV will start 11th in tomorrow evening's Firestone Indy 200 on the concrete 1.33-mile oval at Nashville Superspeedway. Fellow teammates in Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter will start 12th and 14th, respectively.

Foyt has three previous IndyCar Series attempts at Nashville Superspeedway, all with A.J. Foyt Enterprises. He has been running at the finish in all three affairs with his best result coming in 2005 when he took 12th after starting 20th.

Driving the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Foyt has finished seven of the 10 IndyCar Series races so far this season and will be looking for his second top-10 of 2007, and best finish at Nashville.

Teammate Tomas Scheckter looked to give the team their first-ever top-five finish last season at Nashville when he started ninth and was running solidly in fifth before a driveshaft failure occurred while leaving the pits on lap 122. The mechanical mishap ended his race early and sent left him in 15th place.

Scheckter and the No. 2 Honda powered Dallara are currently 10th in the IndyCar Series championship point standings for the fourth straight week with six top-10 finishes on the season.

Carpenter has carried the banner for Vision Racing at Nashville the last two years. In the team's first season, he scored the team's first and only top-10 finish of the 2005 season when he finished 10th. The following year, Carpenter backed that up with another 10th place run.

Carpenter has four top-10 finishes so far this season, driving the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Special. Tomorrow night he will be vying for a third-straight top-10 run under the lights at Nashville.

A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On qualifying: "I actually got a little bit more out of the car than I thought we were going to get. Looking at our practice times I wasn't sure we could do what we did in qualifying so I think we've made some gains this weekend. The car has been good on track and we've just been massaging it a little bit to get some more speed out of it and the guys have been doing a great job."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On qualifying: "We've been working on our qualifying, but we are still struggling to find some speed. I think we'll just go back and have a look at everything and put some downforce in the car for the race. There's really on one line to drive here so the car has to be really good if you are behind someone and in dirty air. So I think we'll have a look at the data and see if we can determine a good setup for the race."

Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On qualifying: "Our team has had difficulty lately with qualifying. We just don't qualify well and it's frustrating. We've been in a bunch of races lately where you can't pass and if you don't qualify well, then you're not going to finish well. That's just the bottom line. We just shouldn't be qualifying this far back right now."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises