FINAL LAPS AT MILWAUKEE SPOIL RACE FOR VISION RACING WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Vision Racing drivers A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter were poised to cleanly finish the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile today, but tribulations on the...
FINAL LAPS AT MILWAUKEE SPOIL RACE FOR VISION RACING
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Vision Racing drivers A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter were poised to cleanly finish the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile today, but tribulations on the final laps left them in 17th and 20th, respectively.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine had one of the most impressive drives going in the race as he moved up steadily from his starting position of 17th. Carpenter had 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.
The crash not only ruined Carpenter's chance for a fifth top-10 finish this season, but also hurt his position in the IndyCar Series championship point standings. Previously seventh in points, he is now 9th (132 points) going into next weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Foyt, who started 18th in the Vision Racing No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone drove all the way up to the 11th spot on the first lap. Heading into what was supposed his final pit stop of the race on lap 191, Foyt was in the top-15.
But just six laps later, Foyt touched wheels with Buddy Rice on lap 197 and had to pit again for tires. He was relegated to as low as the 22nd position after the contact, but battled back to finish 17th.
Foyt is currently 20th (105 points) in the point standings heading to his home state of Texas.
IndyCar Series racing resumes next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for the Bombardier Learjet 550. The 228-lap, 342-mile event will air live and in HD on Saturday, June 7 at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, as well as IMS Radio Network, XM IndyCar Series Racing Channel 145, XM Sports Nation Channel 144 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race and contact with Buddy Rice on lap 197: "We had a bunch of cars in front of us and both of us were on fresh Firestone tires so we were both trying to get away. Trying to get around them I went to the outside and the left front of my No.2 Lilly car touched his right rear and sent me up into the marbles so I had to come in and get fresh tires which kind of killed our race under green flag stop. It was a long day, but I think we learned a lot today. Our Vision car was a lot better race car than the car we came to Milwaukee with. We made some improvements on the car this week so we'll take what we learned to the next short track."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
On race and contact with Marco Andretti on lap 222: "It was just hard racing there at the end. I was running seventh, I think, trying to pass (Oriol) Servia for sixth spot and kept getting good runs on him. But I just couldn't get the pass done into (turn) one. That kind of let Marco (Andretti) get up on me. I started racing Marco for my position. He got under me and we ran two-wide through turns 1 and 2. I gave him enough room, but its a tough track and he pushed up into me. He apologized and we're all good. It's just disappointing for me and the whole Vision team. We struggled in qualifying, but we had an excellent car in the race. I just wish we could have brought it home. We were close to having another top-five for the Menards/Johns Manville/DIRECTV/CardioChek car. It is just disappointing to have our race end like that."