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VISION RACING COMPLETES FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE IN PREPARATION FOR INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. -- Settling into the tricky 2.3-mile road course of Infineon Raceway, Vision Racing and drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter,...

VISION RACING COMPLETES FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE IN PREPARATION FOR INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. -- Settling into the tricky 2.3-mile road course of Infineon Raceway, Vision Racing and drivers, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter, completed a productive day of practice in preparation for Sunday's running of the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The pair took advantage of two practice sessions today to dial in their respective cars and set-ups for Saturday's practice and qualifying sessions.

Scheckter led the Vision Racing duo in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone with the 12th fastest lap of the day at 104.310 mph. Carpenter logged a best speed of 102.702 mph which put him at 18th on the speed chart. Scheckter and Carpenter are both eager to take to the track tomorrow in search of faster speeds and improved results.

The team recorded a total of 85 laps between both the No. 2 (42 laps) and No. 20 (43 laps) Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machines. A total of 18 IndyCars are competing this weekend and today those 18 entries logged a combined 776 laps. IndyCar Series action resumes on Saturday with another practice session at 9:30 a.m. (PDT) while qualifying for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma begins at 12:05p.m. (PDT).

Practice Results and Quotes (Aug. 25, 2006):

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Top Speed: 104.310 mph Top Time: 01:19.3788 Total Laps: 42 laps Overall Rank: 12th on speed chart Top Speed in Practice: 107.662 mph -- Scott Dixon (No. 9 -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing) On practice sessions: "Today was a good day. We tried a massive amount of things just to find the right base set-up that we wanted, but I was pretty happy with how things went. We definitely were able to find a better direction for the car and that should help us heading into tomorrow."

Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone Top Speed: 102.702 mph Top Time: 01:20.6218 Total Laps: 43 laps Overall Oval Rank: 18th on speed chart Top Speed in Practice: 107.662 mph -- Scott Dixon (No. 9 -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

On practice sessions: "I wish we could have been quicker today. Things started off well, but as the day went on I got pretty frustrated. We've been running so well and then to come here and not be as good right off the bat is disappointing. I think I'm catching up to where I was at Watkins Glen, but we've got to improve tomorrow."

-credit: VR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Ed Carpenter
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing