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VISION RACING LOOKS TO CAPITALIZE ON PAST SUCCESS AT NASHVILLE CARPENTER HAS TWO 10TH PLACE FINISHES AT NASHVILLE AND SCHECKTER HAS HELD POLE INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 12, 2007) -- Vision Racing heads to the concrete oval of Nashville ...

VISION RACING LOOKS TO CAPITALIZE ON PAST SUCCESS AT NASHVILLE

CARPENTER HAS TWO 10TH PLACE FINISHES AT NASHVILLE AND SCHECKTER HAS HELD POLE

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 12, 2007) -- Vision Racing heads to the concrete oval of Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the Firestone Indy 200; the 11th of 17 IndyCar Series races this season. The 1.33-mile oval has been the site of both positive and less than desirable results for the team and its three drivers, Ed Carpenter, Tomas Scheckter and A.J. Foyt IV.

Carpenter has carried the banner for Vision Racing at Nashville. 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.

"I've been fortunate to run pretty well at Nashville the last couple of years," Carpenter recalled. "I'd like to run better than 10th, but top-10s are still a step in the right direction. Before Watkins Glen, I had a pair of top-10 finishes and I'm looking forward to Nashville because I think we can get back in the top-10 again. A top-five finish there is not out of the question either, so we just need to be quick out of the box, develop a good race setup, run a good race and put ourselves in a position to have a good finish."

Last week on the road course of Watkins Glen International, Carpenter finished 12th in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Special. He is currently 14th place in the IndyCar Series championship point standings and has four top-10 finishes this season.

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 leaving the pits on lap 122 ended his race early and sent left him in 15th place.

Scheckter said, "I'm confident that given our success already this season and with how well we were running last year at Nashville, that we can go down there and have a good go at it. It's unfortunate that we couldn't finish the race last year because I think we would have for sure finished in the top-10, but I think we can drive up their again this season.

"Anything less than a top-10 will be a disappointment and really if we cannot get up into the top-five, then I'll be disappointed as well. We really have come a long way, but we have to keep pushing ourselves if we want to win races and be as good as some of the other teams and drivers."

Driving the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Scheckter finished 13th last weekend at Watkins Glen and remains 10th in the point standings for the fourth straight week with six top-10 finishes on the season.

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. In 2003 he started 16th and finished 17th and in 2004 he started 22nd and drove to 16th.

Finishing races seems to be a trend with Foyt as he has been running at the finish seven out of 10 races so far this season. In his debut at Watkins Glen last weekend, Foyt was running at the finish again and ended the race with a 15th place finish. He remains 17th in the point standings.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Nashville," Foyt stated. "I like night racing and I seemed to have run fairly well down there. I'd like to get back into the top-10 again this season and Nashville is a great opportunity for me to do that. I know we are capable of running well so my guys and I will be working hard to make sure we come out of there with a good finish."

The team hopes to secure its third top-10 finish at Nashville Superspeedway in as many tries, as well as get all three Vision Racing entries into the top-10 for the first time all season.

The 200-lap, 266-mile Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will air live on Saturday, July 14th, at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

-credit: vr

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