Watkins Glen: Vision Racing qualifying report

  CARPENTER TO START 21st AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 4, 2009)-Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter will start from Row 11 (21st) in the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine for the Camping World Indy ...

 

CARPENTER TO START 21st AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 4, 2009)-Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter will start from Row 11 (21st) in the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine for the Camping World Indy Grand Prix on Sunday at Watkins Glen International. Carpenter's qualifying average came in at a time of 1:31.6852 which equates to an average of 132.322 mph.

Carpenter's best finish at Watkins Glen came in 2006 when he started 18th, drove all the way up to fifth and finished in the sixth position. Other finishes include 14th in 2005, 12th in 2007 and 17th last year.

Most recently at Richmond International Raceway, Carpenter started from the 14th position and ran as high as eighth in the race, but was caught out twice by yellow flags immediately after making his second and third pit stops. Those cautions caused by on-track accidents impeded any progress and advancement Carpenter could have made via pit stop cycles and fuel saving strategies. He finished the race running in the 13th spot which dropped Carpenter one point in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to the 13th position with 143 points (136 points behind the leaders).

Overall, Vision Racing returns to Watkins Glen International for the fifth time. The team's best finish at Watkins Glen came in 2006 when Ed Carpenter took sixth place. That same year Tomas Scheckter also finished in the tenth spot.

Fans watching the Camping World Indy Grand Prix at the Glen on Sunday's ABC TV coverage beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) will get the opportunity to see the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing machine from a birds-eye view. The day-glow Menards/Dallara will carry an in-car camera this weekend giving viewers a unique perspective as Carpenter pilots the car around the 3.37-mile natural terrain road course.

IndyCar practice resumes again Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for a thirty minute session before the race beings at 1 p.m., live on ABC TV.

-credit: vr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Ed Carpenter