HUNTER-REAY, CARPENTER BATTLE TO FINISH AT MILWAUKEE WEST ALLIS, Wisc. (May 31, 2009) - Vision Racing drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Carpenter each put their driving skills to the test in order to race to the finish in the ABC Supply Co., ...
HUNTER-REAY, CARPENTER BATTLE TO FINISH AT MILWAUKEE
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. (May 31, 2009) - Vision Racing drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Carpenter each put their driving skills to the test in order to race to the finish in the ABC Supply Co., Inc., A.J. Foyt 225 at the treacherous Milwaukee Mile today. Ill handling race cars compounded by traffic and fading track conditions made for a tough race for the Vision Racing pilots, but perseverance, determination and a bit of aptitude got them from green flag to checkered flag this afternoon in the 12th and 16th spots, respectively.
Starting from 18th on the grid in the No. 21 IZOD/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Hunter-Reay made an impressive move at the start of the race to jump to the 14th spot. From there he climbed as high as 11th and mixed it up between 11th and 14th for the remainder of the race; all the while making adjustments to his bars, weight jack, wing angles and tire pressures.
Hunter-Reay eventually finished in the 12th position in his fifth open-wheel start at Milwaukee, but dropped from ninth to tenth in the IndyCar Series championship point standings with 102 points (59 points behind leader).
Making his sixth IndyCar Series start at Milwaukee, Carpenter drove from the 19th spot, to as high as 15th and held on to finish 16th in the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine. Like Hunter-Reay, Carpenter worked his in-car adjustments to little or no avail, but still managed to bring the car home in one piece and finish the race.
Unfortunately, the result drops Carpenter down two spots in the championship point standings from 14th to 16th with 84 total points (77 points behind leader).
IndyCar Series racing resumes in less than a week from the Texas Motor Speedway for the Bombardier LearJet 550 on Saturday, June 6th.
Ryan Hunter-Reay - No .21 IZOD/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Finishing Position: 12th
Qualifying Position: 18th
On race: "I've never had to work so hard for a 12th place finish but at least we got some points and maintained the No.21 IZOD car's position in the Top 10 in Championship points. It was a really long day for the Vision team. Both Ed and I battled our cars more than other competitors on the track. My car had an aero component get damaged during the race and that made things even more unbearable. It was just so hard to handle in traffic and that's all you have here at Milwaukee really. It's been a frustrating weekend and result because we know we are better than this."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Finishing Position: 16th
Qualifying Position: 19th
On race: "This may have been the most frustrating race I have ever had on an oval because of how difficult the handling of our car was. It has been a very disappointing weekend for myself and the whole team. We just never improved no matter how hard we worked at it and to not have those efforts reflected a good race adds salt to the wound. I can't tell you how many moments I had out there. It was a white knuckle ride and not the one you walk away from very happy about even if you do bring it back home in one piece."