CARPENTER DRIVES TO EIGHTH PLACE FINISH FOR VISION RACING IN RAIN-SHORTENED RACE AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, Tenn. -Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season after he took eighth in a rain-shortened Firestone Indy...
CARPENTER DRIVES TO EIGHTH PLACE FINISH FOR VISION RACING IN RAIN-SHORTENED RACE AT NASHVILLE
LEBANON, Tenn. -Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season after he took eighth in a rain-shortened Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. In his fifth attempt at Nashville, Carpenter earned his best start and finish at the track as well as his third top-ten there.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine started eighth, drove as high as fourth and was in sixth on the last restart before lapped traffic impeded his progress and fellow competitors got around. Shortly after that, the skies opened up and rain eventually drenched the 1.33-mile concrete oval which led to the early finish of the event with 171 laps complete out of a scheduled 200.
Carpenter still managed to make gains in the IndyCar Series championship point standings; moving up from 11th back into the 10th spot (222 points).
Unfortunately for teammate A.J. Foyt IV, his race was even shorter given a steering issue he battled from the start of the race.
Foyt, who qualified 22nd, was forced to start in the 24th spot due to an engine change in the No. 2 Lilly Diabetes Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine. He ran as high as 19th in the race, but was credited with a 22nd place finish after having to leave the race on lap 45 due to the aforementioned mechanical failure related to steering.
The tough night caused Foyt to drop one spot in the championship point standings to 18th (189 points)
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"The steering rack locked up but I knew there was a problem from the first laps out there as the steering was real tight and really grabby and finally I couldn't steer it anymore. It just got worse and worse so I brought it in. It's just so disappointing for the Vision team and the Lilly crew. We just can't seem to catch a break. We're a better team than this and we'd like a chance to show it. Hopefully we can regroup and make it up at Mid-Ohio."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"A little disappointed because our car was much better than an eighth place finish showed. That last restart I had a run on Bruno (Junqueira) in the 18 car and I think he thought he was racing for the win or something when he was in fact a few laps down. I guess that's just Nashville. It's like this every year. It's just such a one groove track that it's pretty scary if you get off line because you'll usually just end up crashing the car. It's just such a difficult and abrasive surface. We probably should have finished sixth instead of eighth, but either way the positive is that we made up some ground on points with guys that had a bad day like Oriol (Servia), (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, and Marco (Andretti)."