Milwaukee: Vision Racing preview

* TAKING THE VISION TO MILWAUKEE: Vision Racing returns to The Milwaukee Mile for the fifth time. The team's best finish came by Tomas Scheckter in 2006 when the South African finished third. * BIRDS-EYE VIEW: Be sure to tune into the ABC's ...

* TAKING THE VISION TO MILWAUKEE: Vision Racing returns to The Milwaukee Mile for the fifth time. The team's best finish came by Tomas Scheckter in 2006 when the South African finished third.

* BIRDS-EYE VIEW: Be sure to tune into the ABC's television race broadcast of Sunday's A.J. Foyt 225 to get a birds-eye view of Vision Racing drivers Carpenter and Hunter-Reay as both the Nos. 20 and 21 machines will feature in-car cameras.

* SETTING PRECEDENCE: In the opening weekend of the 2009 IndyCar Series season, Vision Racing completed the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with two team bests thanks to debuting driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Driving the team's new No. 21 machine, Hunter-Reay drove from 14th to finish second in the race which is a new team high. That podium finish also put Hunter-Reay second in the championship point standings which is also the highest-ever ranking for a Vision Racing driver.

* HAPPY Vth ANNIVERSARY: After forming and joining the Indy Racing League in 2005, Vision Racing is celebrating its fifth season of competition in 2009. Since the team embarked upon IndyCar Series competition, eight drivers have piloted five (Nos. 2, 20, 21, 22, 90) different team entries. Those drivers have combined for an additional 43 top-10 finishes, plus 10 top-five finishes, three more podium finishes and 41 laps led. Over the previous four years the quest for the team's first victory has been top priority and Vision Racing is confident that year five will be the season where that it happens. The A.J. Foyt 225 will be the team's 71st IndyCar Series event since their first season in 2005.

* NEW AND OLD FOR 2009: Most recently, Lauren George, daughter of team co-owners, Tony and Laura George, was named a team co-owner as well and will have responsibility for directing the team's Firestone Indy Lights effort which also received primary sponsorship from People's Liberation in May. Vision Racing is fielding two cars, full-time for the second straight season. Ed Carpenter pilots the No. 20 car for the fifth straight year, while Ryan Hunter-Reay recently joined the team and drives the No. 21 machine. Team sponsors Menards, Johns Manville, and Lilly return while SONAX, IZOD and William Rast come aboard. Personnel-wise, Keven Kukulewicz returns as team manager while the engineering staff is again headed by Jeff Britton. Joining the team this year along with Hunter-Reay is engineer Neil Fife, while engineers Nathan O'Rourke and Robert Gue return to the team as well. IndyCar Series veteran and winner Bryan Herta is again serving as a road-course consultant for the team this season. Herta and his new Firestone Indy Lights (FIL) team, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) and driver Daniel Herrington has formed a technical partnership with Vision Racing and their new FIL team with driver James Davison. It marks Vision Racing's first FIL effort since 2005.

Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

Coming off a pair of top-ten finishes at Kansas and Indianapolis.

* AT MILWAUKEE: Carpenter has five previous attempts at The Milwaukee Mile with his best finish coming in 2007 when he started eighth and finished seventh. Last year Carpenter had an impressive drive going at "The Mile" as he moved up steadily from his starting position of 17th and worked his way up to as high as fifth in the race and even advanced four positions in one pit stop. With just three laps remaining in the race, Carpenter was in seventh when Marco Andretti made a move to the inside of Carpenter. Andretti ended up moving up into Carpenter and both crashed hard into the wall and collected Vitor Meira to bring out only the fourth of four cautions in the race. He finished 20th. In 2004 he started in the 14th spot with Cheever Racing and finished the race in 11th. The following year with Vision Racing he started from the 16th position and finished in the 12th spot. In 2006 he started from seventh and ran in the top 10 for much of the race, but contact with Helio Castroneves on lap 108 ended his race early and left him in 16th

* BABY ON BOARD: Carpenter and wife Heather (Pettigrew) are getting ready to welcome their second child into the world as Ryder Carpenter's arrival is expected on June 1st. Big sister, Makenna was born in October 2007, while the couple was married November 8, 2005 on the Island of St. Thomas.

* MOST RECENTLY: Carpenter drove his No. 20 Menards Special from the 17th spot to as high as sixth and eventually an eighth place finish in his sixth Indianapolis 500 start. It was his second consecutive top-ten finish on the season and highest finish thus far in 2009 and second highest finish at Indianapolis.

* 2009 SEASON: This is the sixth full season in IndyCar Series competition for Carpenter and the seventh season that he has participated in overall. Carpenter is looking to continue a pair of top-ten finishes earned in the two most recent events at the ovals of Kansas and Indianapolis. The A.J. Foyt 225 will be Carpenter's fifth event of the 2009 IndyCar Series season and third straight oval.

* FIRST LEADER LAPS: In his fifth IndyCar Series start in at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2008, Carpenter recorded his first laps led in an IndyCar. He led the field for three laps under caution and finished an Indianapolis 500 career-best, fifth.

* ED "CARPENTER": Carpenter and his arsenal of power tools have been busy again this past off-season as he has been knee deep in a house flipping project with a long time friend as well as occupied with renovation projects around his own home. Of course, Menards has been an essential part of Carpenter's home repair ventures. Prior to his current real estate investment, Carpenter and his "do-it-yourself" mentality crafted his home repair skills with his first home and family heirloom. The home is located in Speedway, Ind. was purchased as new in 1955 by stepfather Tony George's parents, Elmer and Mari George. Tony grew up in the home as a boy and for a time, drivers A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey lived in the basement.

* DOUBLE DUTY: Ed Carpenter Made history in September 2003 at Chicagoland Speedway when he became the first driver to compete in a Firestone Indy Lights event and an IndyCar Series event on the same weekend.

Ryan Hunter-Reay - No. 21 IZOD/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

* AT MILWAUKEE: While Hunter-Reay only has one start in an Indy car at The Milwaukee Mile, he has plenty of open-wheel racing experience there, including a pole and race win in 2004 driving for Herdez in the Champ Car World Series. Last year with Rahal Letterman Racing 12th and finished 15th. In all, Hunter-Reay has four open-wheel starts at Milwaukee.

* IZOD KEEPS CAR LOOKING GOOD: Hunter-Reay's No. 21 Honda powered Dallara will again feature the IZOD branding and livery that debuted last weekend for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

* TOP-TEN IN POINTS: Hunter-Reay is currently ninth in the IndyCar Series championship point standings. Unfortunately an 32nd place finish at Indianapolis caused him to slip from fifth to ninth.

* MOST RECENTLY: Starting from the 32nd position at Indianapolis, Hunter-Reay immediately went to work on his competitors. On lap one he charged to the 38th spot and by lap 15 was in the 25th position. On lap 20, Hunter-Reay got checked up by fellow competitor, A.J. Foyt IV and as a result, pushed up into the turn four wall. The initial contact turned the No. 21 Vision Racing machine around and directly into the inside wall where he entered pit lane and came to rest. He was credited with a 32nd place finish.

* RECENT ENGAGEMENT: Hunter-Reay recently became engaged to fiance Beccy Gordon during the Long Beach weekend, the race circuit where they actually met for the first time. Gordon is the sister to fellow racer, Robby Gordon.

ED CARPENTER - NO. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On returning to Milwaukee: "I am very excited for this race this weekend in Milwaukee. It is such a historical race track and we are racing on its historical date right after Indianapolis. It is always one of my favorite races and tracks. It is such a challenge to get your car handling well, and whoever does the best job of that usually wins the race. We had a great race car last season but were taken out late in the race, so I feel like we are going there with a shot at contending for a win, so I cannot wait to get there. It is also a big race for us since Menards home is in Wisconsin, so I always want to perform for Menards in their home state."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY - NO. 21 IZOD/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

On returning to Milwaukee: "Milwaukee has a special place in my heart because it was where I have a big win, a dominant win for me in 2004 where I won from the pole and led every lap. It's a place that all the drivers really respect. It's place with a long racing history. I'm going back to Milwaukee with a lot of optimism with what we have on the table and looking to rebound from our difficult month of May at Indy and try to put the no.21 IZOD sponsored entry back on the podium."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Robby Gordon , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Bryan Herta , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , Tony George , James Davison , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira , Beccy Gordon
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport