VISION RACING CAPTURES SECOND TOP TEN IN A ROW WITH CARPENTER IN 9TH AND SCHECKTER 10TH AT TEXAS FT. WORTH, Texas -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, recorded his first finish at Texas Motor Speedway tonight with a ninth place finish after ...
VISION RACING CAPTURES SECOND TOP TEN IN A ROW WITH CARPENTER IN 9TH AND SCHECKTER 10TH AT TEXAS
FT. WORTH, Texas -- Vision Racing driver, Ed Carpenter, recorded his first finish at Texas Motor Speedway tonight with a ninth place finish after starting the Bombardier Learjet 500k in the 11th spot. Carpenter makes it three strong weeks in a row by finishing 11th at Indianapolis, then scoring his career best and team best IndyCar Series finish of sixth at Watkins and again tonight by finishing in the top 10 for the second week in a row.
Carpenter actually qualified the #20 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the 12th spot, but jumped up to 11th for the start after Bryan Herta was forced to start from the back due to an engine change. His career-best start actually came at Texas during his rookie season in 2004 when he started in seventh. Carpenter ran a solid race by running in the top 10 for the majority of the 200 laps. He ran as high as sixth, but the lack of caution laps kept Carpenter from closing in on the lead pack and challenging for the lead at the finish.
Carpenter's teammate and defending Texas Motor Speedway champion, Tomas Scheckter, ran as high as fifth during the race and rounded out the top ten for the second week in a row in the #2 Rock & Republic Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. This is also the second week in a row and second time ever that Vision Racing has finished both entries in the top 10.
Scheckter started in the fifth spot and mixed it up in the top 10 for much of the race as well. Like his teammate, the long stretch of consecutive green flag laps allowed the field to spread out and also caught Scheckter out of the lead pace for the final laps.
Both Scheckter and Carpenter have jumped up in the point standings due to their back to back top ten finishes. Scheckter is now tied for the 14th spot with Buddy Rice and Carpenter has moved up to the 16th position.
The IndyCar Series will enjoy a week off before heading back east for the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. This short track in Richmond, Virginia will host 250 laps/187.5 miles and will air Saturday evening, June 24th, at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Ed Carpenter -- #20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"My car was awesome, but we just didn't really need all of those green flag laps. That caused us to lose the main pack throughout all of those green flag pit stop and just could never get caught back up. We needed a yellow (flag) there at the end and we would have been right in that thing at the finish. We had a really good car. The guys did a good job, we had good pit stops, but the strategy just didn't really fall our way."
Tomas Scheckter -- #2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"The race was up and down for us. I think we were a little bit better than what we showed out there. We messed up a little bit with the downforce in the beginning, but we learned from it. The cars finished in the top ten again this week and we've got to be happy with that. The guys worked hard to give me a good car and this is probably some of the best we've looked all year so I'm optimistic heading in to the rest of the season."