VISION RACING QUALIFIES AT MID-OHIO FOR HONDA INDY 200 LEXINGTON, Ohio - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will start from the 22nd and 23rd positions, respectively tomorrow afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda...
VISION RACING QUALIFIES AT MID-OHIO FOR HONDA INDY 200
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will start from the 22nd and 23rd positions, respectively tomorrow afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200.
Carpenter's best lap in the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine for qualifying came in at a time of 1:09.0310.
In last year's inaugural IndyCar Series event at Mid-Ohio, Carpenter started from the 16th spot and ran as high as 12th, but ultimately finished 16th due to a pair of bad pit stops. His second stop was marred with a slow time and his final stop was plagued with a faulty clutch. In spite of the setbacks in the pits, Carpenter soldiered on to tick off some good lap times and take the checkered flag.
Carpenter will be looking for his seventh finish in the top-10 this weekend and a chance to move up in the championship driver point standings where he remains in the 10th spot.
Foyt's top lap time in the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone for qualifying came in at 1:09.3607.
In his first start at Mid-Ohio last year, Foyt started in 14th, ran as high as 12th and finished in the 13th position. A loose tire after a pit stop forced Foyt to make and extra stop and foiled his chances of moving up through the field.
Foyt will be looking to capture his fourth top-10 finish of the year tomorrow afternoon. He is currently 18th in the driver point standings.
Fellow partners Lilly and CardioChek will also join the team at Mid-Ohio for the Vision Racing Wellness Tour, which allows race fans to stop by a mobile marketing unit for an opportunity to receive free cholesterol screenings and diabetes education. The complimentary cholesterol screenings and diabetes information will be made available at the track on Sunday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new Vision Racing Wellness Tour Mobile Marketing Unit.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I think being out on the track with the first group was kind of bad for everyone in that group because the track was pretty bad with all the other cars running and laying down their rubber compound. That leaves us wondering how much was the track and how much was the car when you go into qualifying. On the positive side for the Vision Lilly car was that we ran our fastest time in qualifying and the track continues to get better and faster the more we run on it. I am disappointed that we weren't a bit better in qualifying though. I think the crash yesterday really set us back and I feel like I'm being extra careful to not do that again and take care of the car. Right now we're just going to prepare for the race, work on a good strategy and work on having a good finish."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Obviously we'd like to be running better here and have a better starting position for tomorrow, but we are still working on getting our road-course package better and I think we have been able to do that here so far this weekend. It's been good to have Bryan (Herta) here this weekend to help not just A.J. (Foyt) and I, but the engineers and the entire team as well. He's been a good sounding board and has helped us analyze our approach to road racing and that's been good. I know the results aren't showing through yet and that will take some time, but we'll get there. Tomorrow we just have to put together another clean race and take advantage of what's given to us throughout the race."