VISION RACING TO START FROM NINTH ROW AT MILWAUKEE MILE WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will occupy the ninth row for the start of the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 as the duo qualified 17th and 18th, ...
VISION RACING TO START FROM NINTH ROW AT MILWAUKEE MILE
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV will occupy the ninth row for the start of the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 as the duo qualified 17th and 18th, respectively, in IndyCar Series qualifying today at The Milwaukee Mile.
Carpenter has four previous attempts at The Mile with a best start and finish of seventh, as well as two top-10 starts, one top-10 finish and three running finishes. He'll be looking for a fourth running finish and second consecutive top-five run in the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine. Carpenter joins competitors Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon andTony Kanaan as the only drivers to finish in the top-10 in four races this season.
In three previous attempts at Milwaukee, Foyt has a best start of 12th and a best finish of 13th, scored both last season for Vision Racing, and has been running at the finish twice. Foyt's day behind the wheel of the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone was not without incident as he brushed the turn two wall in the afternoon practice session. He will be looking for his third top-10 finish this year.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I have to apologize to my guys for what happened earlier in practice.(brush with turn 2 wall) I was being too aggressive. Even when the car wasn't quite right I was still being too aggressive. We kind of fell behind early and we've been chasing the track all day. In qualifying, those were the fastest laps we put together. Maybe they weren't that great, but they're the best we've had so far today."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We started off the day okay but that second practice session we just lost the car. We just took a big step backwards. We definitely hurt ourselves in that session, but we recovered in qualifying. We picked up a lot of time, but we're still not quite where we need to be and that is disappointing. Coming off a good run at Indy, I was really hoping for more speed here but we'll work on finding something for the race. I'm not terribly happy with where we'll be starting, but it's a long race. As long as I have a good car that is consistent all race long it shouldn't be a problem to move my way forward. I've only ever been at Milwaukee with 17 or 18 cars. Starting out here with 27 Indy cars means it's going to be a busy race. You are never going to be running by yourself. It should be an exciting show for the fans especially."