Texas: Vision Racing qualifying report

VISION RACING'S CARPENTER TO START TENTH AT TEXAS FT. WORTH, Texas - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified tenth and 23rd on Friday evening for Saturday Night's Bombardier LearJet 550k at Texas Motor ...

VISION RACING'S CARPENTER TO START TENTH AT TEXAS

FT. WORTH, Texas - Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified tenth and 23rd on Friday evening for Saturday Night's Bombardier LearJet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway.

Driving the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara, Carpenter's qualifying average came in at 213.435 mph which will start him from the 10th position and the outside of row five. It will be just his second top-ten finish at Texas.

His best start in seven appearances at Texas came in 2004, his rookie season at Cheever Racing, when he started seventh. Carpenter's best finishes at Texas came in 2006 and again last season when he finished ninth.

Most recently, Carpenter, wife Heather, and daughter Makenna welcomed the newest member of the family to the world on June 1st. Ryder Carpenter was born to Ed and Heather checking in at 8 lbs. 1 oz., and 20 inches in length.

The Dallas, Texas born, Hunter-Reay recorded a qualifying average speed of 210.532 mph in the No. 21 IZOD/Vision Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine tonight. He will start from the 23rd spot and the inside of row 12.

Hunter-Reay made just his first start at Texas Motor Speedway last season while driving for Rahal Letterman Racing. He started the race in tenth and had a strong run going until he and Marco Andretti were involved with a heavy crash just five laps from the finish. As a result he was credited with a 20th place finish.

Hunter-Reay is currently tenth in the IndyCar Series championship point standings. Unfortunately a 12th place finish at Milwaukee caused him to slip from ninth to tenth with 102 points (59 points behind leader).

Overall, Vision Racing returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the fifth time. The team's best start at the Texas came in 2006 when Tomas Scheckter started fifth while the best finish came that same year and again last year when Carpenter finished ninth.

In additional news, Michelle Colvard, Miss Wheel Chair America 2009 will be joining Vision Racing as an honorary Crew member for the Bombardier LearJet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Houston and earned her Master's degree in Health Promotion from The University of Texas School of Public Health. Colvard was born with spina bifida and has used a wheelchair since the 6th grade - but those who know her don't see her wheelchair, or her disability.

The Vision Racing Wellness Tour, supported by team sponsor Lilly USA, will make an important pit stop for a second consecutive year at the Texas Motor Speedway providing racing fans with free diabetes screenings with A1c testing and risk factor assessment, along with cholesterol and blood pressure testing. The Wellness Tour mobile unit (bus) will be located behind the main grandstands and will be open from 1p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, race day at the Texas Motor Speedway. Carpenter and Hunter-Reay along with Miss Wheel Chair America, Michelle Colvard, will be signing autographs for fans being screened at 6:15 pm on Saturday just prior to the Bombardier LearJet 550k

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

"I told my engineer Jeff Britton if we could get the No.20 Menards Johns Manville car to run 213 mph that I'd be happy. We hadn't run in the 213 range on any runs in practice yet. I'm happy with our qualifying effort of 213.435 mph average so it was a pretty go run for us. It's an improvement to where we qualified from Kansas and we're trying to get better all the time."

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

"Frustrated is the only word I can use right now. This is not where we want to be or where we should be. We're taking a long hard look at it and hoping to get it figured out. Based on yesterday's night practice I think we'll be just fine for running in traffic in the race and we'll have to do a lot of that to make our way forward."

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , Ed Carpenter