- Vision Racing
Vision Racing is a racing team in the
Indy Racing Leaguefounded in 2005 when Tony Georgepurchased the assets of the defunct Kelley Racingand hired his stepson Ed Carpenter as to be the driver. The team currently races in the IndyCar Seriesand the Grand-AmSports Car Series.
In its first season in the IRL the team was consistently one of the slowest on the track. Although, Carpenter finished 11th in the
2005 Indianapolis 500and added the team's first top-10 finish at Nashville Superspeedway. Carpenter ended the season eighteenth in driver points and the team finished a disappointing twentieth in entrant points. The team also fielded Nick Bussell and Jay Drake in the Indy Pro Series. Drake picked up five top five finishes and ended up ninth in points while Bussell had eleven top five finishes and finished an impressive fourth in points. Though both drivers did very well the team did not return to the Pro Series the following year.
The team returned in 2006 hiring of a new team engineer and expansion to two cars with veteran race winner
Tomas Scheckter. The team fared much better with Scheckter capturing a 3rd place finish at the Milwaukee Mileand finishing 10th in points while Carpenter improved from 18th to 14th in points and captured his first top-five. The team also fielded the number 90 Rock & Republic car driven by Townsend Bell for the Indy 500. Bell retired early from the race as did Scheckter, but Carpenter finished in eleventh. Actor Patrick Dempseyalso joined the team in 2006 as co-owner.
In 2007 the team expanded to three cars with the addition of
A. J. Foyt IVand picked up Hitachi, Lowe's and Joost as sponsors. Foyt matched Scheckter's team-best 3rd place finish with a race-leading run at Kentucky Speedway. Vision fielded a fourth car driven by veteran Davey Hamilton and sponsored by HP for the Indy 500. Hamilton finished an impressive ninth just two spots behind teammate Thomas Scheckter in seventh. Scheckter finished tenth in points with Foyt finishing fourteenth and Carpenter finishing in fifteenth.
The team returned to 2 cars in 2008 with Carpenter and Foyt IV sponsored by Menards, Direct TV, and CardioCheck. Vision looked strong at Homestead Miami Speedway posting impressive speeds during practice. Carpenter qualified second and Foyt qualified third. However,the team was penalized and had to start in the last two positions after failing technical inspection. The IRL confiscated all the team's rear wings but did not specify on the problem. The team later fired team manager
Larry Currybecause of the incident. Carpenter is currently tenth in points and his teammate Foyt ranks thirteenth. Vision Racing entered a third car for the Indy 500 and ran Davey Hamiltonas the driver and HP as a sponsor. They ran a third car for Paul Tracyat the Rexall Edmonton Indy in conjunction with Walker Racingwith Subway Restaurantsas the sponsor.
Drivers who have driven for Vision Racing
John Andretti(2008) (Grand-Am Sports Car Series)
Townsend Bell(2006) (IndyCar Series)
Nick Bussell(2005) ( Indy Pro Series)
*flagicon|USA Ed Carpenter (2005 - present) (IndyCar Series, Indy Pro Series, & Grand-Am Sports Car Series)
Jay Drake(2005) (Indy Pro Series)
A. J. Foyt IV(2007 - present) (IndyCar Series & Grand-Am Sports Car Series)
Tony George(2007-2008) (Grand-Am Sports Car Series)
*flagicon|USA Phil Giebler (2005) (Indy Pro Series)
Stephan Gregoire(2007) (GrandAm Sports Car Series)
Davey Hamilton(2007,2008) (IndyCar Series; Indy 500 only)
Vitor Meira(2008) (Grand-Am Sports Car Series)
Tomas Scheckter(2006 - 2007) (IndyCar Series & Grand-Am Sports Car Series)
Paul Tracy(2008) (IndyCar Series; Rexall Edmonton Indy only)
* [http://www.VisionRacing.com Vision Racing official website]
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