SCHECKTER LEADS CHARGE FOR VISION RACING AT TEXAS, QUALIFIES NINTH FT. WORTH, Texas. -- Tomas Scheckter knows a thing or two about getting around Texas Motor Speedway. The Vision Racing driver has an IndyCar Series win and three poles on the...
SCHECKTER LEADS CHARGE FOR VISION RACING AT TEXAS, QUALIFIES NINTH
FT. WORTH, Texas. -- Tomas Scheckter knows a thing or two about getting around Texas Motor Speedway. The Vision Racing driver has an IndyCar Series win and three poles on the 1.5-mile oval. Today he led his two teammates in Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV in qualifying for the Bombardier Learjet 550k by qualifying in the ninth spot.
The South African's average qualifying speed of 212.716 mph will put him on the inside of row five in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone for tomorrow night's race. Last season, Scheckter started from the fifth position and finished 10th at Texas.
Carpenter qualified 16th this evening, with an average speed of 210.397 mph. The Indianapolis resident started 11th at Texas last season and finished ninth. He's hoping to make another run at the top-10 tomorrow night in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Special. If he does, it will be his second in a row after taking seventh last week at the Milwaukee Mile.
Foyt, a Texas native, will start tomorrow evening's race from 18th. His average speed in qualifying was 210.332 mph. He will be looking to score his sixth straight running finish in the 2007 IndyCar Series season tomorrow night as well as vie for his second top-10 finish this year behind the wheel of the No. 22 Dallara/Honda/Firestone. It's something Foyt is very capable of as he finished 10th at Texas in 2004.
The 228-lap, 342-mile Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway will air live on Saturday June 9th, at 10 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Tomas Scheckter -- No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Starting Position: 9th
"I just have to thank everybody on the team. Man, my crew did a great job! It's not much to do with me, but all of the hard work these guys have put in. We were down yesterday and we put it back together and just everybody on the Vision crew, Joost, Hitachi Power Tools, Bombardier Learjet, CardioChek, and everybody worked hard for this. The Firestones were great and we had a great run out there. So now we'll throw on the race trim and look forward to getting back out here tomorrow."
Ed Carpenter -- No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing
Starting Position: 16th
"I was worried coming in to this. We've been slow all weekend and normally these mile and a half tracks are our bread and butter. We've always had speed at places like this, but we've been slow this weekend every since we unloaded. Now we are just scratching our heads and I don't know what to make of it, so hopefully we can get something sorted out for the Hitachi Power Tools car by tomorrow night, otherwise it's going to be a very long 550 kilmeters."
A.J. Foyt IV -- No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Starting Position: 18th
"We just have been that strong by ourselves on the track all weekend. It's just been a struggle to find speed in all three of our cars so I'm not really sure why we missed so badly. The team has worked so hard to get me the best car that they could, but we just can't find the speed we want in the cars."