CARPENTER AND FOYT DRIVE TO FINISH FOR VISION RACING AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV took the checkered flag in 15th and 18th, respectively, this afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in...
CARPENTER AND FOYT DRIVE TO FINISH FOR VISION RACING AT MID-OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV took the checkered flag in 15th and 18th, respectively, this afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Honda Indy 200.
Both drivers and the entire IndyCar Series field took the green flag on wet Firestone Firehawk tires as rain showers soaked the track earlier in the day. No precipitation fell during the 85-lap race and as the track quickly dried, early pit stops were made for an exchange to dry tires.
Carpenter and Foyt both made a green flag stop on lap six for a splash of fuel and dry-condition tires. For the rest of the race each driver ran a different pit strategy to try and gain positions in the field.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone started from the 22nd position and ran as high as fifth in the race as the result of his pit strategy. Running consistent and strong lap times, Carpenter stayed on the lead lap the entire race; even in spite of two quick stops in the last five laps for splashes of fuel.
It was Carpenter's second start at Mid-Ohio and his best finish. Unfortunately he drops two spots in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to 12th with 237 points.
Driving the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine, Foyt started from 23rd, drove as high as 17th, and finished 18th all while overcoming trouble in the pits and on track.
Foyt pitted under caution on lap 27 but had a small set back during the pit stop with an air hose getting caught by a tire as the car left the pits.
Later in the race while coming to a restart on lap 43, Foyt was caught up in some unavoidable, but relatively light contact. Three other drivers were involved in the incident as well and Foyt was able to continue on in the race, albeit a lap down, to eventually take the checkered flag.
Foyt lost another spot in the championship point standings this weekend and he is now 19th with a total of 201 points.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"Someone spun in front of me and in that corner especially (turn 12) there's absolutely nowhere to go. Everyone just got on the brakes. (Dan) Wheldon got (Justin) Wilson. I got Wheldon. Marco (Andretti) was behind me and collected us all I guess. That took us out of the race and off the lead lap. After that you just kind of have to ride it out and hope for the best or a caution, but we never did get our lap back. Our race pace wasn't too bad but we have to do better on colder tires. We just have to do better overall so we can put together a good finish."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I feel pretty good about our efforts. I struggled on re-starts and lost most of my time on re-starts. I'm not sure if it's me or if there is something that we can do to the car to get it to come in a little quicker. Overall it was pretty good. We were on a different fuel strategy that didn't quite pan out for us this time. That's a little frustrating, but we had to take those chances especially in our position as not exactly the fastest car on track. We had to try something. It just didn't work for us today. But all in all I feel like we made some progress this weekend."