IRL: Pikes Peak: Vision Racing Saturday report

FOUNTAIN, Co. -- Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter took advantage of a well handling racecar to break a recent slump and record a better qualifying position than the previous two races. He will officially start in 18th position, outside of row...

FOUNTAIN, Co. -- Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter took advantage of a well handling racecar to break a recent slump and record a better qualifying position than the previous two races. He will officially start in 18th position, outside of row nine tomorrow. Carpenter and the #20 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone logged a top speed of 170.631 mph in qualifying for the Honda Indy 225.

Featuring a one-mile oval, the Pikes Peak International Raceway presents a great opportunity for Carpenter as he spent the day working on a car that would perform well in tomorrow's race. Success on short tracks requires a car that handles well and is able to maneuver through race traffic. Carpenter and crew are optimistic that their time was well spent today in developing that style of car. Not to mention, the team's ability to productively battle very windy conditions and changing weather scenarios today. Vision Racing looks to move steadily up through the field throughout the course of tomorrow's race.

Ed Carpenter #20 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone Top Practice Speed: 170.631 mph Qualified: 18th position (Outside of Row 9) Top Qualifier: 175.423 mph -- Helio Castroneves (No. 3 -- Marlboro Team Penske)

Ed Carpenter, #20 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone:

On Qualifying and Practice: "The race car was very good in practice, but the conditions were very rough today. The winds were very high, and changed direction all day. It was tough to keep up with the weather, especially to gear the car. We qualified 18th and we're all happy with that. We felt that we maximized our car for qualifying. I am looking forward to the race. It is good to be back at a short track, and things are looking good to get our team back on track."

-VR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Ed Carpenter
Teams Team Penske