CARPENTER DRIVES TO FINISH FOR VISION RACING AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, New York - Starting from the 21st position, Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter drove as high as 11th and completed a wild Camping World Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen ...
CARPENTER DRIVES TO FINISH FOR VISION RACING AT WATKINS GLEN
WATKINS GLEN, New York - Starting from the 21st position, Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter drove as high as 11th and completed a wild Camping World Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International in the 17th position.
Carpenter and the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone were able to overcome understeer, a drive-thru pit lane penalty for speeding in the pits, and various on-track incidents by competitors to be running at the finish. Carpenter will leave the road course at The Glen 11th dropping one spot in the IndyCar Series championship point standings with 198 points.
Unfortunately, fellow teammate A.J. Foyt IV happened to be one of those competitors caught up in one of the several on-track incidents during the event.
Foyt, who started from the 22nd spot in his No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/ Honda/Firestone machine, drove as high as 10th and was in 15th spot when he was knocked out of the race. The incident occurred under caution on lap 48 when Milka Duno slowed and suddenly turned right just ahead of Foyt.
Subsequently, Foyt had nowhere to go and ran into the back of Duno and then into the barrier; ending his day just 12 laps from the finish. His abbreviated race and 19th place finish dropped Foyt three spots to the 17th in the championship point standings with a total of 177 points.
A.J. Foyt IV - No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We were doing okay and ran as high as tenth but, under caution the 23 car (Milka Duno) just turned right and I had no where to go but into the rear of the car. Things like that just don't need to happen. It's really disappointing for the Lilly car and crew."
Ed Carpenter - No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We came in for a fuel only pit stop and I stalled it on hot tires. That was my mistake. Then I was told I went over the pit lane speed and was penalized with a drive through after I basically penalized myself 30 seconds when I stalled it. All that did was put me a lap down and had me racing alone. It didn't advantage me or hurt anyone else. I'm not sure I understand some of the decision making regarding penalties, delay of penalties, severity or lack of penalties these days. Regardless, it was a disappointing weekend. I would have liked to at least remained on the lead lap and try and take advantage of some of the others mishaps more, but it didn't work out for us today."