IRL: Watkins Glen: Vision Racing race report

VISION RACING DRIVES ALL THREE CARS TO FINISH AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, New York -- All three Vision Racing drivers completed the 60 laps and 204 miles in the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix this afternoon at the historic Watkins Glen...

VISION RACING DRIVES ALL THREE CARS TO FINISH AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, New York -- All three Vision Racing drivers completed the 60 laps and 204 miles in the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix this afternoon at the historic Watkins Glen International (WGI) road course. Ed Carpenter led the team with a 12th place run while teammates Tomas Scheckter and A.J. Foyt IV were close behind in 13th and 15th, respectively.

The IndyCar Series has raced at The Glen three times now and Carpenter has been running at the finish in all three events. Today, behind the wheel of the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special, Carpenter started 17th, ran as high as fifth and finished 12th.

The team's highest finish on a road course remains Carpenter's impressive sixth place finish last year at WGI. In spite of the running finish today, Carpenter's 12th place run drops him one point in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to 14th place.

Driving the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Scheckter had the best start of the day for Vision Racing as he started in 13th. Scheckter managed to run in the top-10 at different points during the race, but an ill-handling car left him in 13th at the finish. Scheckter will remain 10th in the point standings for the fourth straight week.

Making his debut at WGI, Foyt actually drove in just his second IndyCar Series road course affair with the first being a street course event at St. Petersburg earlier this season. He finished both events in the No. 2 Honda powered Dallara. Today Foyt started 16th, ran as high as 10th, suffered a spin in the first half of the race in turn eight, and drove to a 15th place finish. He will remain 17th in the point standings.

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

"It was alright. I knew it was going to be a tough day going into it with starting at the back. Usually you can count on more attrition at these road races, but it was a pretty clean race. I just ran the best race I could and with a good pit strategy we were able to pick up a few spots. I still would have liked to have been better and got into the top-10, because a couple of guys that I am racing in points beat me today and that's not good, but all in all, we could have left here with a worse finish that what we did."

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

"Things didn't go as well as we would have liked out there today. I was pushing as hard as I could go, but I just didn't feel like we had the car where we wanted it. I just got to thank my guys for working hard all weekend and we'll head to Nashville next week and try and get back into the top-10."

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

"Fortunately I was able to finish my second road race today. That was important so that I could get in as many laps as possible and to keep improving. Obviously I would have liked to have had a better finish, but the guys worked hard to keep me on track all weekend and I'm just glad we brought the car home in one piece. Next week we'll head to Nashville where I think we can run a little better so I'm looking forward to that."

-credit: vr

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