IRL: St. Pete: Vision Racing Friday report

SCHECKTER TAKES NINTH FOR VISION RACING IN FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE AT ST. PETERSBURG ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The first day of practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is complete and while Vision Racing made improvements throughout the...

SCHECKTER TAKES NINTH FOR VISION RACING IN FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE AT ST. PETERSBURG

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The first day of practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is complete and while Vision Racing made improvements throughout the day, the team knows that before this second of 17 IndyCar Series events is over on Sunday, things must keep improving.

Team driver Tomas Scheckter led the three Vision Racing drivers in the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine with a combined practice finish of ninth in an 18-car field. Scheckter was also ninth in the morning practice session with a best speed of 101.646 mph. He improved to 103.212 mph in the afternoon session.

Teammates A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter finished 16th and 17th in the combined practice results, piloting the Nos. 22 and 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone cars, respectively. They also improved their speeds from the morning to afternoon sessions, but were clearly unsatisfied with the results.

All three Vision Racing drivers and crews will have the opportunity to make more gains tomorrow as practice for the 1.8-mile, 14-turn, 100-lap street race continues at 8:55 a.m. (EDT). IndyCar Series qualifying is also set for Saturday, March 31, at 12:45 p.m.

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

On practice:
"Today wasn't too bad. I wish we could have gone a bit quicker, but we are still sitting in the top-ten right now and that gives us something to work with. I'm looking forward to getting back out here tomorrow and seeing what other improvements we can make to the car."

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


On practice: "It was nice to make some improvements today, but we've still got a lot of work to do to get the car where we want it to be. I think it is getting better, but we still have to work at it. My crew has been really working hard to get the car ready for the race on Sunday so we'll just keep at it and see what we can do tomorrow."

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


On practice: "I'm really disappointed that we didn't improve as much as we could have in the second session. We did make some good changes between sessions. The car felt much better and when we would put on new tires the car would really handle well. Unfortunately, I didn't get to make the best of my fresh tire run because of traffic on the track. Then at the end afternoon session we got hung up by a caution for Scott Sharp, so the session didn't go exactly how I wanted it to. But, we'll get after it again tomorrow and see if we can't make up some more ground."

-credit: vr

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