Scheckter helped the Vision Race top 10 finish the Infineon track

SONOMA, Calif. – Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter earned a top-10 finish at Infineon Raceway after coming in eighth place in the Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel. Teammate Ed Carpenter finished 13th, while A.J. Foyt was knocked out in the closing laps by Scott Sharp.

The eighth-place drive by Scheckter puts his No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the top-10 for the ninth time this season and for the second straight time following his fifth-place run at Kentucky Speedway.

Starting from 11th today, Scheckter ran as high as sixth in what was his best start and finish at Infineon Raceway. The eighth-place finish moved Scheckter up one spot in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to ninth.

Carpenter started the day from the 14th spot, ran as high as 12th and ultimately finished 13th. Carpenter and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special moved back up one spot to 14th in the point standings.

Driving the team’s No. 22 Honda-powered Dallara, Foyt started in 15th, in his first start at Infineon Raceway. He was running in 14th on lap 73 when Scott Sharp drove underneath him in turn 11 and then spun out in front of him, causing Foyt to crash. Foyt dropped to 15th in the Series point standings.

Next week the IndyCar Series will venture back across the country to the Raceway at Belle Isle, Michigan for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone . The 90-lap, 188.64-mile event will air live on Sunday, September 2nd, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Race Results and Quotes (August 26, 2007):

Motorola Indy 300 Results:

  1. No. 9 – Scott Dixon., Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  2. No. 3 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
  3. No. 27 – Dario Franchitti, Andretti Green Racing
  4. No. 11 – Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green Racing
  5. No. 6 – Sam Hornish, Jr., Team Penske
  6. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started: 11th)
  7. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started 14th)
  8. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started: 15th)

Pole Position: Dario Franchitti (No. 27 – Andretti Green Racing)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:
“The race was okay. It’s the best race I’ve had here and I’m pleased with a top-10 finish. The guys gave me good stops and a good car and we just made the best of it. We need to stay in the top-10 and challenge for top-five finishes in the final two events as we keep an eye on the points situation, so we will take the good run we had today and focus on the races coming up.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“We had an alright race today. I think the team is continuing to improve on-road courses and we are getting there. Today wasn’t too bad for us. I battled some understeer for much of the race, but overall we ran clean laps, had some good stops, and put together a decent race.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“I just keep learning more and more about these road courses. We were doing alright, but Scott Sharp just made a dumb move there when he dove underneath me and then spun out in front of me. It’s just unfortunate for the team.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third-place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

VISION RACING COMPLETES QUALIFYING AT INFINEON RACEWAY

VISION RACING PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING REPORT – August 25, 2007

(Infineon Raceway)

SONOMA, Calif. – Vision Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV, and Ed Carpenter qualified 11th, 14th, and 15th, respectively, on the 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course at Infineon Raceway today in preparation for Sunday’s Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel.

In Scheckter’s first attempt at Infineon Raceway in 2005 with Panther Racing, he started 14th but finished 16th after suffering suspension failure. Last year with Vision Racing, he started 18th and finished 17th in the No. 2 Vision Racing Honda-powered Dallara.

Scheckter is coming off his eighth top-10 finish of the 2007 IndyCar Series season with a fifth-place finish at Kentucky. That run also put him back into the top-10 for the Series championship point standings.

Carpenter is also coming off a top-10 finish at Kentucky as he ended up seventh. That was also Carpenter’s fifth top-10 of the season.

In his first attempt at Infineon Raceway, Carpenter started 20th and finished 15th with Vision Racing in 2005. Just last season he started 16thand finished 12th, which is also the team’s best run there. He’s hoping for even more for him and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine this year has given the team’s recent test there.

In spite of never racing at Infineon Raceway in his IndyCar Series career, Foyt does have time behind the wheel of his No. 22 Honda-powered Dallara on the road course thanks to a test last week. In addition, Foyt has been running at the finish in each of the three road/street course events this season.

Foyt takes to Infineon Raceway coming off of his career-best and team-high matching third-place run at Kentucky.

The 80-lap, 180.8-mile event will air live on Sunday, August 26th, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (August 25, 2007)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 11th

Qualifying Speed: 105.210 mph

Qualifying Time: 118.7001

Top Speed in Practice: 106.674mph

Top Time in Practice: 1:17.6194

Overall Rank in Practice: 12th on the speed chart

On qualifying:
“We were okay. We know that these next two tracks are not exactly the best for our team, but we’ve done a good job and have been working hard at it. Our road course performance is certainly not a result of a lack of trying. We’ve definitely got things going in the right direction; we just haven’t found that setup that we need yet.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 14th

Qualifying Speed: 104.365 mph

Qualifying Time: 1:19.3375

Top Speed in Practice: 105.839 mph

Top Time in Practice: 1:18.2319

Overall Rank in Practice: 16th on the speed chart

On qualifying:

“The wind picked up and there was a big tailwind and I probably took it a little too conservative after I saw everybody sliding off. But, there is a lot more tailwind blowing through there than in practice and that makes it a lot harder under braking. The track is definitely a lot harder to drive than it was this morning. It’s a lot hotter out so there’s not quite as much grip. I was hoping to go a little quicker than what we just went, but it looks like the track might have slowed down a little bit too.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 15th

Qualifying Speed: 103.745 mph

Qualifying Time: 1:19.8107

Top Speed in Practice: 105.124 mph

Top Time in Practice: 1:18.7641

Overall Rank in Practice: 17th on the speed chart

On qualifying:

“It’s been kind of a tough weekend. We found some speed this last practice, but I just screwed up in qualifying. I went out and tried way too hard and I ended up quite a bit slower than I was in practice. It’s unfortunate for the guys, but I tried my best for them and screwed up. That happens sometimes so we’ll just have to try and get it back in the race.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 participated in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third-place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing.  For more information visit www.VisionRacing.com

About the Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel: The 80-lap, 180.8-mile event will air live on Sunday, August 26th, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

VISION RACING LOOKS TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM THIS WEEKEND AT INFINEON 

THIRD PLACE AND THREE TOP-TENS IN THE LAST RACE HAS THE TEAM EAGER FOR MORE ACTION

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 22, 2007) – Vision Racing will return to Northern California wine country for the third time to race at Infineon Raceway this weekend. Most recently, team drivers A.J. Foyt IV, Tomas Scheckter, and Ed Carpenter gave the team its best-ever collective start and finish in the last race so the Motorola Indy 300 was presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel provides the trio with their next opportunity to continue that momentum.

The team’s best finish at Infineon was scored last season by Carpenter who came in 12th. However, they anticipate that the best is yet to come on the 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course as they were afforded valuable testing time on the track just last week. Combine that with the team’s three top-10 finishes at Kentucky Speedway and expectations are high.

In spite of never racing at Infineon Raceway in his IndyCar Series career, Foyt does have time behind the wheel of his No. 22 Honda-powered Dallara on the road course thanks to a test last week. In addition, Foyt has been running at the finish in each of the three road/street course events this season.

Things look even brighter for Foyt at the moment given his career-best and team-high matching third-place run at Kentucky in his most recent outing. But, he’s quick not to let his successes get the best of him as Infineon’s tricky track layout has his attention.

Foyt said, “This is probably the hardest road course so far for me. Coming over the rises and stuff, not knowing exactly where you’re going to land on the corners has been tough. Just having more confidence and knowing where I’m going to end up, is where all my speed is right now. It’s very fun and very physical. It’s very fast at some points and very slow at some points.  It is very challenging overall which should lead to a great race.”

In Scheckter’s first attempt at Infineon Raceway in 2005 with Panther Racing, he started 14th but finished 16th after suffering suspension failure. Last year with Vision Racing, he started 18th and finished 17th in the No. 2 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara.

“I haven’t really come to grips with this track yet,” Scheckter noted. “I suppose coming from Europe, our tracks are a lot wider and smoother and a lot fewer elevation changes. But, we had a good test and hopefully, we have the car going in the right direction for when we come back for the race weekend. We haven’t had the sort of success at Infineon in the past as we would like, so hopefully, the testing will allow us to have a better race this time around.”

Scheckter is coming off his eighth top-10 finish of the 2007 IndyCar Series season with a fifth-place finish at Kentucky. That run also put him back into the top-10 for the Series championship point standings.

Rounding out the Vision Racing trio, Carpenter is also coming off a top-10 finish at Kentucky as he ended up seventh. That was also Carpenter’s fifth top-10 of the season.

In his first attempt at Infineon Raceway, Carpenter started 20th and finished 15th with Vision Racing in 2005. Just last season he started 16thand finished 12th, which is also the team’s best run there. He’s hoping for even more for him and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine this year has given the team’s recent test there.

“It’s good for the team to have gone out there and got some testing in last week.  We haven’t been able to test that much this year and I feel fortunate to get some testing and try some things we wouldn’t be able to get in during a race weekend. It’s always good to get out and learn more and get more seat time. The more we do it, the more comfortable we get. So hopefully this weekend I’ll feel a bit more confident for the race and the one-lap qualifying format and we can get out of Infineon with a good finish.”

The 80-lap, 180.8-mile event will air live on Sunday, August 26th, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team added a fourth driver for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About the Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel: The 80-lap, 180.8-mile event will air live on Sunday, August 26th, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

FOYT LEADS 13 LAPS AND TAKES THIRD AS ALL THREE VISION RACING CARS FINISH IN TOP-10 AT KENTUCKY

VISION RACING POST-RACE REPORT – August 11, 2007

(Kentucky Speedway)SPARTA, Kentucky – Vision Racing finished all three cars in the top-10 for the first time ever as A.J. Foyt IV led the way with a third place finish in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Teammates Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter finished fifth and seventh respectively.

Driving the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Foyt earned his best career finish in the IndyCar Series, as well as matched the team’s highest finish of third which was initially recorded by Scheckter on The Milwaukee Mile last season.

Foyt, who started behind his teammates in 10th, put on an impressive drive leading a total of 13 laps in the race. As the green flag fell after a long yellow on lap 190, Foyt found himself in the lead with just 10 laps to go. He held on to take third, finished his 11th of 14 races this season, and moved up a place in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to 14th.

Starting sixth for the second-consecutive weekend, Scheckter had a great run as he earned a top-five finish in the No. 2 Honda powered Dallara for Vision Racing. Running in third and fourth for much of the race, Scheckter’s fifth place finish is his best finish at Kentucky as well.

Scheckter moved back up in to the top-10 of the championship as he gained one spot to secure the 10th position. This is also Scheckter’s eighth top-10 finish of the season, and matches his best run of fifth which he also scored at Kansas earlier this year.

The No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine driven by Ed Carpenter started from ninth place tonight and finished seventh, but that only reveals a glimpse of Carpenter’s evening. Running in eighth, Carpenter stalled the engine on his first pit stop, thus falling all the way to the rear of the field in 16th. From there, he gained several spots but also went a lap down later in the race.

Thanks to a creative strategy by team manager and race strategist, Larry Curry, Carpenter’s crew short fueled his car on the second to last set of caution laps, allowing Carpenter to get his lap back and charge back up through the field.

Carpenter’s grit and determination gave him a seventh place finish and his fifth top-10 of the season. In spite of earning his best career finish at Kentucky, he dropped one position to 15th in the championship point standings.

Vision Racing made a great deal of history tonight on the 1.5-mile oval of Kentucky Speedway as they started and finished all three cars in the top-10. The team will head to Infineon Raceway this week for an open test on the road course before taking a weekend off from racing.

Race action will resume at Infineon Raceway for the Motorola Indy 300 on Saturday, August 26th at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). The event will air live on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Race Results and Quotes (August 11, 2007):

Meijer Indy 300 Results:

  1. No. 11 – Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green Racing
  2. No. 9 – Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  3. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started: 10th)
  4. No. 26 – Marco Andretti, Andretti Green Racing
  5. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started: 6th)
  6. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started 9th)

Pole Position: Tony Kanaan (No. 11 – Andretti Green Racing)

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“It was obviously really good for us and really good for my team. We just had some great pit stops and that’s what really got me up there. We were running well and in the top-10 all day long, but it was those pit stops that got me up there. We were in the lead there with 12 to go and obviously, Tony (Kanaan) was very strong so I couldn’t hold him off and then Scott (Dixon) snuck through under there as well. But, it was good and I raced clean all day with everybody so there was no reason to change that, there at the end. It’s just very good for the team and I owe it all to my guys who gave me great pit stops and my engineer, Matt Curry, gave me a good car today.”

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:
“It was a good run. We would have liked to have been a little higher up as we ran higher up throughout the evening, but I think that last yellow just really caught us out. Overall it was a good job for our team with a top-five and a top-three finish. I’m just happy for Anthony (Foyt) and the whole team. It was a great race for us so now we just need to build off of that.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“It was good. I kind of messed the race up for the whole team. I came in on that first pit stop under yellow and the guys put down a really quick stop. I think I got a little too excited because I was so proud of them on the stop and just stalled it. That caused us to have to fight back the rest of the race. It’s hard once you lose that much track position to go back and make it up. Larry (Curry) made a really good call that second to last yellow to come in and just put in enough fuel to go a little while so we could get back out in front of everyone and get the wave around. We did that and I was running up in the top-six there for a while, but we had to come back in and get fuel and tires to make it to the end. That last stint then I was running by myself and I didn’t quite have enough speed there on my own to gain any more track position. Above all, it was a really good day for Vision Racing. A.J. (Foyt) got in there in third, Tomas (Scheckter) got in there in fifth, and with me in seventh that’s a really good achievement for the team. We just need to keep building on this momentum. Now we’ll head to Sonoma (California) this week to test and hopefully we can gain some ground there to keep it going for the team.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

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VISION RACING TO START ALL THREE CARS IN TOP-10 FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

VISION RACING PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING REPORT – August 10, 2007

(Kentucky Speedway)

SPARTA, Kentucky – For the first time in the 2007 IndyCar Series season, Vision Racing will start all three drivers in the top-10. While qualifying for the Meijer Indy 300 on the 1.5-mile oval of Kentucky Speedway, team drivers Tomas Scheckter, Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV earned the sixth, ninth and tenth starting spots, respectively.

The three top-10 starts for tomorrow’s race make for a total of 15 top-10 starts on the season between Scheckter (8), Carpenter (4) and Foyt (3). The trio will be looking to add to the team’s 14 top-10 finishes this season, including their most recent in Foyt’s eighth place finish last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Speaking of last weekend, Scheckter matched his sixth place starting spot, as well as ties his best start of the 2007 IndyCar Series season.

Driving the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, Scheckter is currently 11th in the IndyCar Series point standings. His best finish at Kentucky in five starts came just last year with Vision Racing when he drove all the way from a 17th starting spot to take seventh. Scheckter has seven top-10 finishes on the season thus far.

Carpenter and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special are enjoying their second straight top-10 starting spot.  He has three previous starts at Kentucky with a best finish of eighth in 2004.

Carpenter is looking for his fifth top-10 finish on the season and is currently 14th in the point standings.

Starting 10th, Foyt is well on his way to earning his second-straight top-10 finish in tomorrow’s race. His eighth place finish last weekend bumped he and the No. 22 Honda powered Dallara up to 15th in the point standings.

Foyt also has three prior starts at Kentucky with his best finish coming in 2005 with a ninth place run.

The 200-lap, 300-mile Meijer Indy 300 will air live on Sunday, August 11th, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (August 10, 2007)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 6th

Qualifying Speed: 216.315 mph

Top Speed in Practice: 216.273mph

Overall Rank in Practice: 10th on speed chart

On qualifying:
“So far so good. I think we’ve got a pretty good car. Maybe not quite as good as last weekend at Michigan, but still it’s pretty good and it’s shows what a great effort the team is putting in. I think we are going to be really competitive and I’m certainly looking forward to tomorrow.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 9th

Qualifying Speed: 215.754 mph

Top Speed in Practice: 215.648 mph

Overall Rank in Practice: 15th on speed chart

On qualifying:

“We worked on race setup a lot today and the quickest that I could go on my own was about 214.9 mph, so we had a nice pickup for qualifying. So I’m pretty happy with that and I think that’s going to put us in a good position for tomorrow night’s race. We’ve got a fairly good race car put together so I’m looking forward to it.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 10th

Qualifying Speed: 215.521 mph

Top Speed in Practice: 216.790 mph

Overall Rank in Practice: 7th on speed chart

On qualifying:

“It was a little disappointing. We went faster in practice so it was frustrating to come out here and run slower without making any real significant changes to the car. The changes that we did make we should have gone faster, but it doesn’t always work out like that, I guess. We’ll just take our time and it’s going to be a decent qualifying position that will put us up there with a good bunch of guys. So we’ll just be ready tomorrow to go racing.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 participated in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing.  For more information visit www.VisionRacing.com

About the Meijer Indy 300: The 200-lap, 300-mile event will air live on Saturday, August 11th, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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KENTUCKY PROVIDES REBOUND OPPORTUNITY FOR VISION RACING 

TEAM OVERCOMES MICHIGAN WOES WHILE GEARING UP FOR KENTUCKY

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 8, 2007) – The Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway will undoubtedly be exciting, fast and challenging, just as every IndyCar Series race on the 1.5-mile oval has been since 2000. But for Vision Racing, the excitement, speed and difficulty has been exacerbated by the return of three damaged race cars to the stable; the result of last weekend’s much-talked about incident at Michigan International Speedway.

With all three Vision Racing machines running in the top-10 at Michigan, a spectacular crash on lap 143 collected team drivers A.J. Foyt IV, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter. Initially started by Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon, the mayhem involved a total of seven cars, including the Vision Racing trio.

After watching a potential victory for Scheckter and three top-10 finishes for the team vanish as a result of the crash, Vision Racing was down, but not out. Members of all three crews, including team owner, Tony George, and team manager, Larry Curry, repaired the No. 22 Dallara/Honda/Firestone to get Foyt back on track. Their efforts were rewarded with an eighth place finish.

However, back at the team’s race shop on Monday morning, the crew was presented a new set of challenges, including repairing the three Dallara chassis damaged in the incident. Not to mention, the team’s “to-do” list also contained the preparation and loading of equipment necessary for next week’s open test on the road course of Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif.

In spite of the challenges and obstacles, Vision Racing is ready to seek redemption this weekend at Kentucky. This weekend’s Meijer Indy 300 marks the first time that the event will be held on Saturday night, under the lights and the team will be looking to build off of Scheckter’s seventh place finish and Carpenter’s 11th place run on the 1.5-mile oval last season.

In five previous attempts at Kentucky Speedway, Scheckter’s best finish came just last year with Vision Racing when he finished seventh after advancing 10 spots from his 17th place starting position.  During his rookie season in 2002, he started 17th and finished 22nd due to an accident. In 2003 he started seventh and finished 10th, while in 2004 he started 13thand finished 22nd after a fuel fire ended his race. In 2005 he started 22ndand finished 21st as a result of a mechanical issue.

“I had a good drive at Kentucky last year in spite of a slow car in practice and qualifying,” Scheckter recalled. “Not to mention, last weekend at Michigan, I had the best car that I’ve had all season. Unfortunately we got caught up in that big accident which ended our race early. I’m optimistic that we can still take some of that speed to Kentucky this weekend and hopefully come away with a better result. Last weekend was just a big missed opportunity and we just can’t afford that this late in the season.”

Scheckter led his first laps of the season last weekend in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine. He also has seven top-10 finishes this year and is currently 11th in the IndyCar Series championship point standings.

Carpenter has three previous attempts at Kentucky Speedway, with a best finish of eighth. In 2004, Carpenter started in 14th and finished eighth in his rookie season with Cheever Racing. In 2005 he started in the 21st spot with Vision Racing, but a mechanical failure sent him into the wall and took him out early; leaving him in the 22nd position. Just last year Carpenter started eighth and charged up to fifth before spinning in the pit exit lane after his first pit stop. He finished in 11th.

Carpenter added, “After last week’s disappointing run, I’m anxious to see if we can gain some redemption at Kentucky. We had some great race cars last week at Michigan, but that big accident just ruined our day and tore up our cars. Regardless, we’ve got to get our equipment fixed and ready for Kentucky and Infineon and focus on getting better results. I was running fifth last year at Kentucky when I spun leaving the pits so I know we can run well there. I’m looking forward to running under the lights this weekend and getting back into the top-10.”

Driving the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special, Carpenter has four top-10 finishes so far this season and is currently 14th in the point standings.

A.J. Foyt IV has three prior starts at Kentucky with a best finish of ninth coming in 2005 when he started 12tht. He has been running at the finish in all three attempts including in 2004 when he started 15th and ended up 18th, and in 2003 when he started 19th and finished 17th.

Foyt said, “The last time I was at Kentucky I finished in the top-10 so I like the track and I’m happy to go back there. We had our best finish of the season last week at Michigan so to back that up with another top-10 would be nice. The guys will be working hard to give me a good car so we’ll see if we can’t go out there and have another good run.”

Foyt is coming off of his best finish of the season with his eighth place run last weekend. Foyt and the No. 22 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara are 17th in the point standings having finished 10 of 13 races thus far.

The 200-lap, 300-mile Meijer Indy 300 will air live on Saturday, August 11th, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team added a fourth driver for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About the Meijer Indy 300: The 200-lap, 300-mile event will air live on Saturday, August 11th, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com

FOYT OVERCOMES MICHIGAN MAYHEM TO FINISH EIGHTH; SCHECKTER AND CARPENTER KNOCKED OUT EARLY

VISION RACING POST-RACE REPORT – August 5, 2007

(Michigan International Speedway)

BROOKLYN, Mich. – While A.J. Foyt IV’s eighth place run in the rain-delayed Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) was his best finish of the 2007 IndyCar Series season, it most assuredly was not his easiest drive this year.

With all three Vision Racing machines running in the top-10 on lap 143, a crash of giant proportions developed on the backstretch and collected Foyt and his teammates, Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter. Initially started by Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, the mayhem collected a total of seven cars, including the Vision Racing trio.

After watching a potential victory for Scheckter and three top-10 finishes for the team vanish as a result of the crash, Vision Racing was down, but not out. Members of all three crews, including team owner, Tony George, and team manager, Larry Curry, thrashed on the No. 22 Dallara/Honda/Firestone to get Foyt back on track.

The team effort paid off as Foyt reentered the race on lap 161, turned laps as quick as the leaders and moved up to eighth, finishing on his own accord early on lap 187. Foyt retired early so as to not get in the way of the rest of his competitors. He started the race in 15th and was in ninth at the time of the incident.

Ultimately, Foyt scored his highest finish of the season, earned his best finish at MIS, captured his 10th running finish out of 13 races so far, and jumped two spots in the IndyCar Series championship points to the 15thposition.

Scheckter and the No. 2 Vision Racing Honda powered Dallara was putting together a memorable drive up until the big crash. Starting from sixth, the 2002 race winner at MIS lead two laps under yellow and ran in second and third for much of the race.

When the accident occurred, Scheckter was in fifth and charging once again at the leaders. With nowhere to go, he was caught up in the incident and was unable to soldier on. He was scored with an 11th place finish and just his third DNF of the season. Unfortunately, he also dropped two spots in the point standings to the 11th position.

Carpenter, who started 10th, was also putting together a nice race. He and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special drove as high as sixth in the race and were in eighth when the accident collected him as well.

Credited with a 14th place finish, Carpenter suffered his fifth DNF of the season. He remains 14th in the point standings.

Next week the IndyCar Series will head to Kentucky Speedway to race under the lights for the Meijer Indy 300. The 200-lap, 300-mile event will air live on Saturday, August 11th, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com

Race Results and Quotes (August 5, 2007):

Firestone Indy 400 Results:

  1. No. 11 – Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green Racing
  2. No. 26 – Marco Andretti, Andretti Green Racing
  3. No. 8 – Scott Sharp, Rahal Letterman Racing
  4. No. 55 – Kosuke Matsuura, Panther Racing
  5. No. 15 – Buddy Rice, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  6. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started: 15th)
  7. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started: 6th)
  8. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started 10th)

Pole Position: Dario Franchitti (No. 27 – Andretti Green Racing)

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

After crash:

“We were putting together a pretty good race when that happened, but thank God everybody is okay that was involved. It’s unfortunate for our team. We worked hard all weekend and we’ve got a couple of tore up cars to take to Kentucky. So we’ll just get everything fixed for next weekend and hopefully leave Kentucky with a better result.”

After race:

“It’s unfortunate we got caught up in that stuff, but the whole Vision Racing operation did a great job of fixing my car and getting me back out there. The car was still pretty quick after we got it back out and I radioed to my guys to tell them I had the best seat in the house. I was still enjoying it, but we decided to stop before the end because we were able to move up as high as we could and we didn’t want to get in anyone else’s way. So, it was a better ending than I thought we would have after that accident, but I still wish we could have avoided that crash.”

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:
“That was some of the scariest stuff I’ve seen out there. When Dario (Franchitti) and (Scott) Dixon touched, Dario just got airborne. I think they were both going for the same spot and then I saw Dario backwards and upside down in the air coming at me and I just stood on the brakes. I even saw his helmet coming at me. Honestly it was one of the scariest things I’ve seen. I don’t even know who I hit, I just brought the car back in and it had a piece of someone’s driveshaft stuck in it. I’m just lucky to make it out and glad nobody is seriously hurt. Unfortunately we were having a really good race and were getting ourselves in position for a good finish.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“To be honest, I didn’t even get to see what happened. I just saw smoke and a car up in the air. I just tried to slow down, but my brakes weren’t working right and I couldn’t slow down as quick I would have liked. You could see people start to go through the grass and I stayed low because it looked like most of the activity was up high, but I still got caught up in it. But, everybody looked to be okay in there and that’s a testament to the IndyCar Series. The Series does a great job building safety into these cars and we should all be thankful for that.”

SCHECKTER GIVES VISION RACING A TOP-10 FINISH IN INAUGURAL RACE AT MID-OHIO

VISION RACING POST-RACE REPORT – July 22, 2007

(Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter earned a top-10 finish in his debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after coming in ninth place in the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance. The inaugural IndyCar Series event at the track also featured teammates A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter and their 13th and 16th place finishes.

The ninth place drive by Scheckter puts his No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the top-10 for the seventh time this season and for the first time since three races ago at Richmond International Raceway.

Starting from 12th today, Scheckter ran as high as sixth and was running in eighth when contact with Dan Wheldon with just two laps to go cost him a position on track. The ninth place finish moved Scheckter up one spot in the IndyCar Series championship point standings to ninth.

Driving the team’s No. 22 Honda powered Dallara, Foyt started in 14th, ran as high as 12th and finished in the 13th position. A loose tire after a pit stop forced Foyt to make and extra stop and foiled his chances of moving up through the field. However, today’s running finish for Foyt is his ninth out of 12 races on the season. He remains 17th in the Series point standings.

Carpenter started the day from the 16th spot, also ran as high as 12th and ultimately finished 16th due to a pair of bad pit stops. His second stop was marred with a slow time and his final stop was plagued with a faulty clutch. In spite of the setbacks in the pits, Carpenter soldiered on in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special to tick off some good lap times and take the checkered flag. Carpenter remains 14th in the point standings.

Next week the IndyCar Series will enjoy a much deserved weekend off before heading to Michigan International Speedway for the Michigan Indy 400. The 200-lap, 400-mile event will air live on Sunday, August 5th, at noon (EDT) on ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Race Results and Quotes (July 22, 2007):

Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance Results:

  1. No. 9 – Scott Dixon., Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  2. No. 27 – Dario Franchitti, Andretti Green Racing
  3. No. 3 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
  4. No. 11 – Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green Racing
  5. No. 14 – Darren Manning, A.J. Foyt Racing
  6. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started: 12th)
  7. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started: 14th)
  8. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started 16th)

Pole Position: Helio Castroneves (No. 3 – Team Penske)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:
“First I’ve just got to thank my guys who gave me some really great pit stops today. That really made the difference. I’m thrilled for the team that we could finally finish back into the top-10 again before our weekend off. We really needed to get some momentum this weekend and I think we found a little bit today. Hopefully we can build off of that at Michigan.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“The race went pretty well. We had some trouble in the pits which hurt us and caused us to make an extra stop, but overall the car ran pretty well and I was able to get another finish under my belt. Just running as many laps as I can on these road courses is important so I was glad that we could do that today.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“We just really hurt ourselves in the pits today. In our second stop we had a bobble with one of the tires and then the clutch gave out in our final stop so that didn’t help us out any. Outside of some understeer, the car was pretty quick and we ran some good laps throughout the race. We were able to run quicker than we qualified so that’s a positive for us. Obviously I would have liked a better finish, but we just have to get better in the pits. Mid-Ohio is a fun place to drive, but given the results, I’m ready to take a weekend off and head to Michigan. Hopefully we can run well there like last year and get back on the right track.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

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VISION RACING QUALIFIES FOR FIRST TIME AT MID-OHIO

VISION RACING PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING REPORT – July 21, 2007

(Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)

LEXINGTON, Ohio – The IndyCar Series and Vision Racing have officially made their debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course under blue skies and alongside a heavy fan presence at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn facility.

Team drivers Tomas Scheckter, A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter will start 12th, 14th and 16th in tomorrow’s Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance, and while the trio would have liked to have been faster, they know that a strong finish is not out of reach. A little luck and attrition, combined with consistent laps, good pitstops and a clean race can propel the team into the top-10.

Scheckter has finished in the top-10, six times this season and is currently 10th in points. Driving the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, he will be making his first start at Mid-Ohio. The South African had trouble in practice this morning when his car slid off track and made contact with the wall, but his crew was able to repair the damage sustained to the rear suspension prior to qualifying.

This season on road/street courses Scheckter scored a sixth place finish after starting 8th on the streets of St. Petersburg. That sixth place run matches the team’s top road/street course finish as his teammate Carpenter finished sixth at Watkins Glen last year. At Watkins Glen, Scheckter did not fair as well as he nursed an ill-handling car to finish 13thafter starting in the same position.

Foyt, who drives the team’s No. 22 Honda powered Dallara entry, has been running at the finish in all but three races this season. He will be looking to make it nine running finishes on the season tomorrow. Foyt also had a setback this morning when a problem with the steering kept him off the track for much of the practice session.

The Texan has just two road/street course races under his belt in his IndyCar Series career, and in spite of his inexperience, he has made the most of each opportunity by finishing both events. On the streets of St. Petersburg, Foyt started 17th and finished 13th and at Watkins Glen he started 16th and ended the race in 15th.

Carpenter will be making his debut to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, and while relatively new to road and street course racing, he does share the team’s highest finish on a road/street course. Last season, Carpenter took sixth at Watkins Glen International. However, on road and street course this season, Carpenter has not had such good fortune. In the second race of the season on the streets of St. Petersburg, Carpenter started 16th and ran as high as 10th, but an incident with teammate, Foyt, ended his race early and left him in 18th. Recently at Watkins Glen, Carpenter started 17th and ran very strong, consistent laps to be running at the finish in 12th position

The 85-lap, 191.93-mile event will air live on Sunday, July 22nd, at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (July 21, 2007)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 12th

Qualifying Speed: 117.388 mph

Qualifying Time: 1:09.2474

Top Speed in Practice: 118.266 mph

Top Time in Practice: 1:08.7330

Overall Rank in Practice: 12th on speed chart

On qualifying:
“We’re running static, but we are working on it. We identified some problems and we are slowing creeping up on it, plus I had a mistake this morning and I think that’s what really set us back. So we are just really working hard and trying to get a good racecar here for tomorrow.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 14th

Qualifying Speed: 116.456 mph

Qualifying Time: 1:09.8014

Top Speed in Practice: 117.383 mph

Top Time in Practice: 1:09.2504

Overall Rank in Practice: 15th on speed chart

On qualifying:

“Unfortunately, I didn’t get out there much in this morning due to the problems we had so that hurt, but overall it was an okay run. I am still trying to get the hang of driving these road courses so it’s frustrating sometimes, but we just keep working at it and its coming. The run wasn’t too bad, but we’ve gone faster so that’s disappointing. We’ve got an okay car for tomorrow so we will just try and run a clean race, stay out of trouble and see where we shake out.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 16th

Qualifying Speed: 114.900 mph

Qualifying Time: 1:10.7465

Top Speed in Practice: 115.847 mph

Top Time in Practice: 1:10.1682

Overall Rank in Practice: 17th on speed chart

On qualifying:

“I’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to road racing. Any progress that I’ve made seems to to get lost because all the other teams, cars and drivers have gotten better. So I am constantly playing catch up. It’s a lot of fun when you are out there driving until you come in and look at the speed charts and then it’s not so much fun. It hurts the pride a little bit, but I’ve just got to keep working at it. The single-lap qualifying is really hard for me and I haven’t done a good job at that once all season. I just haven’t been putting in good laps during qualifying. Not that I ever put in great laps, but I can definitely do better than what I’ve been doing in qualifying. These road races make for long weekends for me because I have to run a clean race and try and salvage any points that I can.”

VISION RACING FINISHES ALL THREE CARS AT NASHVILLE SUPERSP

VISION RACING POST-RACE REPORT – July 15, 2007

(Nashville Superspeedway)

LEBANON, Tenn. – For the second week in a row all three Vision Racing drivers were running at the finish and this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for the Firestone Indy 200, team drivers Tomas Scheckter, A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter finished 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.

The 200-lap race was originally scheduled for Saturday evening, but rain showers postponed the affair until today.

Scheckter started 12th in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, ran as high as sixth in the race, and finished just outside the top-10 in the 11th spot. Just before the yellow flag came out on 189 for Kosuke Matsuura who hit the turn four wall, Scheckter was in the 10th position, but Vitor Meira got around him just as the yellow came out.

Foyt led the charge for the team today by taking the green flag in the 11thspot. He ran as high as seventh in the race and finished 12th. It was Foyt’s fourth start at Nashville Superspeedway and in all four attempts he has been running at the finish. Today’s finish in the No. 22 Honda powered Dallara matches his best previous run on the 1.33-mile concrete oval when he finished 12th in 2005. He has been running at the finish in 8 of 11 races this season.  Carpenter qualified the No. 22 Hitachi Power Tools special in the 14th spot, but a failed post-qualifying inspection on the No. 55 car moved him up to 13th for the start of the race. Carpenter experienced an airjack failure in his final pit stop on lap 153. The incident cost him precious time in the pits and played a factor in his 14th place finish.

All three Vision Racing drivers will keep their same spot in the IndyCar Series point championship standings. Scheckter will remain in the 10thspot for the fifth straight week in a row while Carpenter holds on to the 14th spot and Foyt keeps 17th position.

Next weekend the IndyCar Series heads to the concrete Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time in IndyCar Series history for the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio, presented by Westfield Insurance. The 85-lap, 191.93-mile event will air live on Sunday, July 22nd, at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.
Race Results and Quotes (July 15, 2007):

Firestone Indy 200 Results:

  1. No. 9 – Scott Dixon., Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  2. No. 27 – Dario Franchitti, Andretti Green Racing
  3. No. 7 – Danica Patrick, Andretti Green Racing
  4. No. 6 – Sam Hornish, Jr., Team Penske
  5. No. 26 – Marco Andretti, Andretti Green Racing
  6. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started: 12th)
  7. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started: 11th)
  8. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started 13th, Qualified 14th)

 Pole Position: Scott Dixon (No. 9 – Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:
“Unfortunately, I felt like we should have definitely been in the top-10 today and we weren’t able to do that. We were in the top-10 when Kosuke (Matsuura) crashed and Vitor (Meira) got by me just as the yellow came out and that hurt us. I tried to track down Vitor just before the finish, but this track is extremely difficult to pass on and to race anybody here is tough, for sure. I just have to thank my guys for their hard work this weekend and we’ll get ready to have a better showing next week at Mid-Ohio.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“We had a better car than what we showed out there today. We just ran hard all day and kept things clean, but getting a run on somebody and getting by them is really tough. We had a good car though and I just want to thank my guys for that. They did great all weekend, I just wish we could have finished where I felt we should have.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“This wasn’t our best showing. We had some understeer throughout the race at different points in the track which made the car difficult to drive, but we also had some bad pit stops with the air jack failure and just didn’t have a good day. This is just a tough track to race with only being one groove to pretty much drive. That makes passing extremely difficult and the field tends to get spread out. Combine that with the other problems we had and it just made for a difficult race. Fortunately, we did finish and brought the car home in one piece, but I just wish it would have went a bit better.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

Tomas Bounces Back After Lap One Disappointment

By: Tony Donohue

After being caught up in Dan Wheldons first lap accident at last weeks Iowa Corn 250, Tomas rolled into Richmond looking for a good result. That came in Saturday Night’s Suntrust Indy Challenge at the Richmond International Speedway.

After qualifying was washed out due to rain, Tomas would start in the 10th position, based on championship point standings.
It took no time for the #2 Vision Racing Honda to make moves and get into the top 5. Unfortunate luck took its turn on Tomas, when he brought his Honda in for a pitstop on lap 154. While the crew was servicing the car, Jeff Simmons hit the wall bringing out the 3rd caution of the evening.
Tomas battled back to the 10th spot when the final caution flag flew on lap 238 of the scheduled 250. Tomas brought his car down pit road for fresh tires.
In the final six laps, Scheckter climbed up three positions to finish in the seventh position. “For sure it’s good to get a seventh place finish at Richmond after last week’s incident at Iowa, but I thought we could have finished a little higher tonight. We just couldn’t catch a break all night with things like being caught out by a yellow during a pit stop and getting a bad vibration later in the race.
But we stuck with it, the crew did a great job, and we were able to charge back up into seventh at the end so it was good.” Tomas said after the race. The Indy Car Series heads  into Watkins Glen, New York, for Sundays running of the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix. Tomas finished 10th in last years race at the Glen, which was the Inaugural running of the event. The green flag flies at 3:30 (EST) on ABC, and XM Satellite Radio channel 145.

QUALIFYING AT RICHMOND RAINED OUT, VISION RACING TO START 10TH, 15TH AND 17TH

VISION RACING PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING REPORT – June 29, 2007 (Richmond International Raceway)

RICHMOND, Virginia – In spite of a good afternoon showing for Vision Racing at Richmond International Raceway, heavy rains this evening have canceled qualifying for the SunTrust Indy Challenge presented by XM, as well as put a damper on the team’s starting positions for tomorrow evening’s race.

Team drivers A.J. Foyt IV, Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter were ninth, 10th and 13th quick, overall, after the afternoon practice sessions, and looking to be in good shape for evening qualifying. However, Mother Nature had different plans as rain showers moved through the greater Richmond, Virginia area and eventually rained out qualifying on the ¾-mile oval.

The cancellation was definitely a disappointment for Foyt and Carpenter as now the 19-car field will be taking the green flag in order based on IndyCar Series championship point standings.

Since Foyt and Carpenter are 17th and 15th in points, respectively, that’s where they will start the race. The pair was actually aiming for their second straight top-10 starts in a week.

Their teammate, Scheckter, and the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone will actually benefit from the precipitation as his 10th place point standings is a bit higher than he had run in practice today.

Scheckter has finished fourth at Richmond International Raceway twice, the first time occurring in his first attempt at the track in 2002 with Cheever Racing and in 2005 with Panther Racing. Last year, Scheckter started 12thand finished seventh for Vision Racing. He has a total of five starts at the ¾-mile oval.

Carpenter has three previous attempts at Richmond International Raceway where he’s finished in the 16th spot due to an accident in 2004 with Cheever Racing and just outside of the top-10 in 2005 in the 12thposition. Last year Carpenter had his best run at Richmond, starting 13thand finishing eighth. He will look to have a similar run again this year behind the wheel of the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special.

Foyt has three attempts at Richmond with A.J. Foyt Racing. In his debut to the oval in 2003 he started and finished 21st due an accident. The next two years Foyt was running at the finish as he started 21st in 2004 and finished 11th and in 2005 he started 17th and finished 14th. Foyt will be looking to score a new personal best finish at Richmond in his first attempt with Vision Racing in the No. 22 entry.

The 250-lap, 187.5-mile SunTrust Indy Challenge, presented by XM at Richmond International Raceway will air live on Saturday, June 30th, at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Qualifying/Practice Results and Quotes: (June 29, 2007)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 10th

Top Speed in Practice: 169.369 mph

Overall Rank in Practice: 13th on speed chart

On qualifying:
“Of course, I always wish we could qualify, but since my practice times were not as quick as I would have liked them today, but at least we’ll be starting in the top ten. So we will just look at what my teammates and I did today and put our best effort on the track tomorrow night. In the meantime, I’ve got my new iPhone to setup and play with so that will be the perfect way to spend a rainy evening.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools/Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 15th

Top Speed in Practice: 170.070 mph

Overall Rank in Practice: 10th on speed chart

Pole Position: Scott Dixon – 182.360 mph (No. 9 – Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

On qualifying:

“It’s unfortunate that qualifying got rained out, but I am confident in my car because we ran well today, so that’s good. But, it’s disappointing that we have to start further back because of points, which is a place we shouldn’t be in the first place, but we are. And, this is a track you don’t want to start in the back at, but like I said, the Hitachi Power Tools car was pretty good today so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow night. I just wish we didn’t have to work so hard driving from further back than we should.

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Starting Position: 17th

Top Speed in Practice: 170.307 mph

Overall Rank in Practice: 9th on speed chart

On qualifying:

“I was really looking forward to qualifying. I thought we were going to have another good run this week. It’s just too bad for Ed (Carpenter) and I because we had pretty good cars today and now since qualifying has rained out, we’ve got to start by points which isn’t going to help us much. The guys worked hard again this week to give me another great car and they did, so I’m looking forward to driving in tomorrow night’s race. I just wish we could get started from a little better position.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 participated in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing.  For more information visit www.VisionRacing.com

About SunTrust Indy Challenge presented by XM: The 250-lap, 187.5-mile SunTrust Indy Challenge, presented by XM at Richmond International Raceway will air live on Saturday, June 30th, at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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Bad Luck Spins Scheckters Way :

By: Tony Donohue

Saturday night’s Bombardier Learjet 550k was full of excitement and close wheel to wheel action. But the action got a little too close for comfort early on in the race.

Tomas took his Vision Racing Honda from the 9th starting spot up to 5th by lap seven. After a pit stop on lap 46, Tomas fell to 9th but geared his way back into the top five when bad luck struck for the second week in a row. Tomas was battling with Marco Andretti on lap 87 when Marco clipped the right front of Tomas’s Honda on the front straightaway, sending Tomas spinning through the infield. Fortunately, Tomas slid to a stop at pit out, avoiding contact with the wall. “It’s pretty obvious what happened after you see the replay. The guy (Marco Andretti) just swerved into me. He’s done it before. He tries to swerve into people and the unfortunate thing is that Marco is my friend. He’s a good friend of mine and obviously we are in the heat of the battle out there and he sees his teammates up there and obviously he needs to have a good race and it was probably just a little upsetting seeing a Vision car ahead of him. We went side-by-side for a little bit and you know, he caught up to me so he really should have been trying to push me ahead. I let enough people go by and he must have got irritated and swerved into me. It’s just obvious to me what happened. It’s unfortunate that it happened, but we are very lucky that nobody got hurt.” Tomas said of the contact.

The #2 Vision Racing team worked hard and got Tomas back out onto the track to gain valuable points. The hard work paid off, and even though Tomas fell from 7th to 10th in points, he gained 5 positions to finish 14th, 29 laps down to the winner Sam Hornish Jr. “Well, it’s still very unfortunate what happened with us and Marco. We were running so well up to that point and I hate that we got together like that. But I was glad nobody was hurt and that we could fix the car because it paid off. Of course, I didn’t want to see my teammates get knocked out either because they were doing well, but it was that accident that helped us move up a few spots. So I’ve got to thank my crew for working hard and getting me back out there, but as a team, we’ve all got to work hard to make sure our next race is much better.” That next race is at the Iowa Speedway for the running of Inaugural Iowa Corn 250, which can be seen June 24th at 1 ET on ABC.

Disappointing Finish In Milwaukee

Tomas Scheckter and the #2 Vision Racing Honda ended the ABC Supply Co.Inc A.J. Foyt 225 presented by Time Warner Cable in disappointing fashion.
Qualifying 13th, Tomas made some breath taking moves on the first lap to climb into the 8th spot early in the race, but
after the first round of pitstops Tomas was shuffled back to 11th.

On lap 54, Tomas stalled the car during a pitstop and complained of a soft clutch problem, which put him in the
16th spot two laps down. On lap 96 under caution, Tomas got one of his two laps back but still found himself in the 16th position.
When the 3rd caution flew on lap 135, Tomas got back onto the lead lap and was ready to make adjustments to make a run at the Top 10, but on lap 160 after exiting
the pits, Tomas’ driveshaft broke ending his day early, and ending his bid for another Top 10 Finish.

“It’s unfortunate really. We didn’t qualify well so that hurt us, but we did make a charge on the first lap to get into the top 10. We were doing okay, but then fell
back a bit. We were hanging in there and getting ready to make another charge late in the race when we broke a driveshaft in the pits. I just hate it for our guys.
We’ve been running well all season and then to snap our streak of top 10 finishes like this is frustrating, but we’ve got Texas just ahead of us and I know we’ll be
ready for it. I’m always looking forward to Texas and I’m confident we’ll get things turned around again there.”

Fortunately for Tomas, The Indy Car Series rolls into Texas for the Bombardier 550k.Tomas won his second career race at Texas in 2005 and has three poles and has 6 career Top 10 starts.
The race is scheduled to go green at 10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN 2 and promises to be a thriller.

Tomas Scores Top 10 in the 91st Indy 500

After rain threatened the area all morning long on raceday, the skies cleared up to allow the 91st Indianapolis 500 to get underway.

With recently renewed sponsorship from Rock and Republic, Tomas gained postions right away, going from his starting spot of 10th to the 8th spot by the end of lap 1. On lap 54, Tomas left the pits, but his left rear tire
came off of the car. but on lap 73, Tomas picked off Scott Dixon to move into the 3rd position. On lap 82, Tomas made a move on the inside of Sam Hornish Jr. for the second spot when Tomas’s front wing caught the left rear of Hornish. Tomas took over the second position then came into the pits for a new front wing,”I’m pissed off. We’ve been told so many times in drivers’ meetings not to block or stop a driver when he’s got a run. Sam’s done that. It’s such a pity. He’s such a good champion,
such a good driver but what an idiot, a real idiot. Straight down the front straight, comes straight in. I hope I damaged his car when he hit my front wing. We are
lucky that he had just a flat tire and I’ve got a broken wing. Next time he does that to me, I’m definitely not going to lift and will ram him straight into that front wall.”
Tomas said of the contact. Tomas feel to the 26th spot after a long pitstop to replace the nose, but made his way back up to the Top 15.

When the rains came on lap 113, Tomas found himself in 19th. On lap 139, Tomas was back up to the second position behind eventually winner Dario Franchitti before having to pit. After the stop on lap 139, Tomas was one of the fastest cars on track, but due to other cars not having pitted yet, he found himself further back then expected.

The rains came for good on lap 166 when the race was called. Tomas was in the 7th spot when the checkers flew. His second career top 10 finish in the 500 in six starts.
“I knew I had the car to be where it belonged. I think a lot of guys up there shouldn’t have been up there really because they still needed a stop. It was a little bit of fuel
strategy. We had a top-five car. I was just wishing for a green, because I was flying at the end. It was a pity. I’m really happy with a top-10 finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

The top 10 finish was Tomas’s 5th in the first 5 races this season. Teammates Davey Hamilton finished 9th, A.J. Foyt IV 14th and Ed Carpenter 17th, giving Vision Racing a Top 20 for all four cars. Tomas will take to the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday at 4 (EST) where he picked up Vision Racing best career finish of 3rd.

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PAIR OF TOP TEN FINISHES FOR VISION RACING IN RAIN-SHORTENED INDIANAPOLIS 500

VISION RACING POST-RACE REPORT – May 27, 2007

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – Vision Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Davey Hamilton led the team in the rain-shortened and bizarre 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 with seventh and ninth place finishes, respectively. Teammates A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter were 14th and 17th.

It was perhaps one of the wildest runnings of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” ever recorded, which included a three-hour rain delay, 24 lead changes amongst nine different drivers, 11 cautions, one penalty and just 166 laps as rain returned late in the day, giving Dario Franchitti of Andretti Green Racing his first victory at the Brickyard.

Scheckter, who started 10th for the third time at Indianapolis in six attempts, led the team with a seventh place finish in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. He ran as high as second place in the race. He has led 148 laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his career (85 in 2002 and 63 in 2003) and was named the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 2002.

Today’s seventh place finish was Scheckter’s second best on the famed 2.5-mile oval, as he captured a fourth place finish in 2003. Not to mention, Scheckter continues his streak of top 10 finishes in 2007 with five in as many races. The effort allows him to remain seventh in the IndyCar Series championship point standings.

One of the biggest story lines this month of May belonged to Hamilton, who persevered through two dozen surgeries and six years of rehabilitation after an accident at Texas Motor Speedway to make his return to the cockpit at Indianapolis.

Starting 20th in the No. 02 HP Vision Racing machine, Hamilton battled for much of the race and the same determination that got him back behind the wheel also served him well today, as he drove to a ninth place finish in his seventh attempt. Hamilton ran as high as fifth today while the 44-year-old’s career best finish at Indianapolis is fourth in 1998.

Foyt earned a career-best finish at Indianapolis today, piloting the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone to the 14th spot after starting in 18th. He ran as high as eighth in his fourth try at Indianapolis and the solid run bumped him up two spots in the championship point standings to 13th.

The No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools ran as high as fourth today, but a heavy accident just ahead of Carpenter in the closing laps resulted in damage to his car, thus causing him to crash a lap just before race officials called the race due to rain. The incident left Carpenter two laps down in the 17thspot.

Carpenter also drove a tough race, even overcoming the loss of a lap after the rain delay, yet circumstances out of his control forced him to retire early. In spite of the misfortune, Carpenter did move up one point in the point standings to the 16th position.

Also of note, team co-owner and famed actor, Patrick Dempsey, drove the pace car to start the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 today.

The team will immediately return to action next Sunday at the famous Milwaukee Mile for the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Indy 225. The 225-lap, 225-mile event will air live on Sunday, June 3rd, at 4 p.m.  (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Race Results (May 27, 2007):

91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Results:

  1. No. 27 – Dario Franchitti, Andretti Green Racing
  2. No. 9 – Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  3. No. 3 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
  4. No. 6 – Sam Hornish, Team Penske
  5. No. 12 – Ryan Briscoe, Symantec Luczo Dragon Racing
  6. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started: 10th)
  7. No. 02 – Davey Hamilton, Vision Racing (Started 20th)
  8. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started 18th)
  9. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started: 14th)

Pole Position: Helio Castroneves (No. 3 – Team Penske)

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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Tomas Gears for 91st Indy 500

Tomas Scheckter and the #2 Vision Racing Honda are gearing up for the final week of preparation for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 91st Indy 500. Tomas has already had a promising start to the month.

Tomas has been one of the top ten fastest drivers all month long. He rolled off on the first day of practice and completed a lap at 224.783, the third fastest lap of the day. He has been in the top 10 on the speed chart all month long, recording a 226.161 lap on May 10th, his fastest lap of the month.

Qualifying was another success for Tomas and his #2 Vision Racing team. He qualified 10th on the inside of Row 4, where he has started for his previous five Indy starts. “We’ve got a good car and it was a decent run for me, but I think that’s about as much as we had. I’m really happy for the guys that we could get the car in the show today. A 10th place run is just a testament to how hard this team is working to improve. I’m happy with how we did, I’m glad it’s behind me and now I’m ready to focus on setting up a good race car” Tomas said after his qualifying run.

In Tomas’s five previous Indy 500 starts, he has lead 148 laps, 85 his rookie year in 2002 , and 63 laps in 2003, which was the last time he lead during the Indy 500. His average finish in the Indy 500 is 19th, with a career best of 4th in 2003. Last year, Tomas started the race from the 11th spot, and found his way into the top 10 early in the race before making contact with the Turn 4 wall on lap 65.

The 91st Indianapolis 500 will start at noon (EST) on ABC. Tomas will take to the streets of New York City on Monday for a media event for the race, then return to the track Friday for Miller Lite Carb. Day. The final practice for the Indy 500 will take place Friday from 11 am until 12 pm with the Rally’s Pit Stop Competition starting at 1:30.

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VISION RACING COMPLETES MOST LAPS IN PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS

VISION RACING POST-PRACTICE REPORT – May 19, 2007

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – Vision Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter were undoubtedly the busiest drivers in the IndyCar Series today as the pair logged 96 and 94 laps, respectively, during practice for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500. All four team entries drove a considerable amount of laps this afternoon giving the team a combined 350 laps on the famed 2.5-mile oval.

Scheckter found the most speed of the four team entries with a best lap of over 223 mph in the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone. He was seventh fastest of 32 total cars and will start the race a week from today in the 10thposition

Carpenter was the team’s second fastest in the 12th spot. His No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine turned a quick lap of more than 222 mph. He will start his fourth Indianapolis 500 from 14th on the grid.

Davey Hamilton completed 81 laps in the No. 02 HP special with a best lap over 219 mph. He was 28th fastest today, but will start the race from 20th.

Just behind Hamilton was teammate A.J. Foyt IV in the No. 22 machine. Foyt was 29th quick with a lap better than 218 mph. He logged 79 laps and will start from 18th next week.

Tomorrow’s Bump Day activities will open up the remaining spot in the field of 33. IndyCar Series practice begins at 10:15 a.m. and Bump Day qualifying will begin at noon (ET) on Sunday, May 20.

91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Practice Results (May 19, 2007) and Quotes:

 Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 222.223 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.3184 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 94 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 12th on speed chart

Today’s Top Speed in Practice: 224.895 mph – Dan Wheldon (No. 9 – Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

Scheckter’s Top Seed of Month: 226.161 (05/10/2007, Rank on speed chart: 4th)

Race Starting Position: 10th (Qualified Saturday, May 12th)

On Practice:

“Today was a solid day. We put in a massive amount of laps and were able to get a lot of good data out of the car. We have a strong racecar and I think we showed that on our long runs. We just have to see what race day will be like and go from there, but I’m confident in what we have. The guys have really worked hard this month and it shows in my car.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 222.069 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.5279 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 96 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 12th on speed chart

Carpenter’s Top Seed of Month: 225.006 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 2nd)

Race Starting Position: 14th (Qualified Sunday, May 13th)

On Practice:

“We did more laps today than the two days before and we had kind of been saving engine miles and tires for that so it worked out well. We were counting on today being a warm day and it was so that was good. We would have liked for it to been a little hotter, just in case race day is hot, but I’m happy with where we are at with the racecar. I think we have a really good balance on the Hitachi Power Tools car and we know what it will do in traffic and dirty air so I feel good about the direction we are going for the race.”

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 219.452 mph
Today’s Top Time: 41.0112 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 81 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 28th on speed chart

Hamilton’s Top Seed of Month: 222.420 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 10th)

Race Starting Position: 20th (Qualified Sunday, May 13th)

On Practice:

“Today was good. We actually did some full, long runs to simulate race conditions and it was good. We missed a little bit on gearing, but the HP car ran well and was easy to drive. Now we just have to see what happens on race day with regard to weather and put the right setup on the car.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 218.699
Today’s Top Time: 41.1525 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 79 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 29th on speed chart

Foyt’s Top Seed of Month: 222.768 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 8th)

Race Starting Position: 18th (Qualified Sunday, May 13th)

On Practice:

“We had another good day of practice. We were able to do some race simulation runs by going out with full fuel for longer periods of time just to see how the car would react and I was happy with it. I think we’ll be in good shape for the race so now we’ll just kind of wait and see what the weather is going to do and plan accordingly.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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TEAM RECORDS SOLID DAY OF PRACTICE BEFORE THINGS HEAT UP FOR WEEKEND

VISION RACING POST-PRACTICE REPORT – May 18, 2007

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – Only three of the four Vision Racing entries made it on track today for IndyCar Series practice in preparation for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500. The reason: tires, engine miles and warmer weather are all in short supply. Nonetheless, the team enjoyed another productive day of testing various race setups and practicing pit stops under a picturesque spring day on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Teams are limited to just 1,200 miles for the month on their powerful Honda engines at the close of practice this Sunday, and several sets of Firestone Firehawk tires will need to be held back for the race, not to mention, warmer weather is in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. So what does all of this mean? For Vision Racing and many of its competitors, it meant practicing in a conservative fashion both yesterday and today while turning up the heat this weekend.

To that end, driver A.J. Foyt IV and the team’s No. 22 Dallara/Honda/Firestone did not turn a lap today so they could have enough engine miles and tires remaining to test the team’s race setups under forecasted warmer conditions on Saturday and Sunday.

The remaining three team drivers in Ed Carpenter, Tomas Scheckter and Davey Hamilton were able to complete a handful of laps today. All three were pleased with the team’s progress to date.

Piloting the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special, Carpenter put in 39 laps with a best lap of more than 222 mph which put him 11th on the speed chart.

Scheckter also cleared 222 mph in the No. 2 Vision Racing entry. He was 12th fastest and turned a total of 56 laps.

The team’s No. 02 HP entry, driven by Hamilton, was 28th fastest out of 31 total cars on track. He eclipsed 217 mph and completed 38 laps.

Tomorrow’s Bump Day activities will open up the remaining 11 spots in the field of 33 as well as feature a plethora of track activity. Vision Racing will take advantage of warmer temperatures to test various race setups this weekend. IndyCar Series practice for cars yet to qualify begins at 10:15 a.m. and qualifying will begin at noon (ET) on Saturday, May 19.

91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Practice Results (May 18, 2007) and Quotes:

 Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 222.350 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.4708 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 39 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 11th on speed chart

Today’s Top Speed in Practice: 219.985 mph – Scott Dixon (No. 6 – Team Penske)

Carpenter’s Top Seed of Month: 225.006 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 2nd)

Race Starting Position: 14th (Qualified Sunday, May 13th)

On Practice:

“We have a good racecar. Two days ago we got started with it and yesterday we just did some miscellaneous things and didn’t really run much in traffic, so we got back into traffic today. We got out there and the car felt really good. We didn’t do too many laps as we are still saving some tires for hopefully some hotter weather tomorrow, but it feels really good and I’m really happy with where we are at. I think we’ve arrived a pretty good point where we need to be, downforce wise, so now we just need to match it with conditions to verify what we have in the few days left.”

 Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 222.259 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.4933 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 56 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 12th on speed chart

Scheckter’s Top Seed of Month: 226.161 (05/10/2007, Rank on speed chart: 4th)

Race Starting Position: 10th (Qualified Saturday, May 12th)

On Practice:

“We had a pretty good day. We were able to get in a few laps and practice some pit stops so it was productive. We still wanted to hold out for warmer weather this weekend so we didn’t get after it too much, but we should run a massive amount of laps in the heat this weekend when things heat up a bit.”

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 217.452 mph
Today’s Top Time: 41.3885 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 38 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 28th on speed chart

Hamilton’s Top Seed of Month: 222.420 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 10th)

Race Starting Position: 20th (Qualified Sunday, May 13th)

On Practice:

“We didn’t start off the day all that well. This was the first day I wasn’t really happy with the car, but my guys went back and worked on it and we were able to get it back out in the afternoon and got it running how we wanted. I felt really good about the car at the end of the day so now we can get it out this weekend and see how our race setups perform in the warmer weather.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: Did not run today
Today’s Top Time: N/A
Today’s Total Laps: N/A
Today’s Overall Rank: N/A

Foyt’s Top Seed of Month: 222.768 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 8th)

Race Starting Position: 18th (Qualified Sunday, May 13th)

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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VISION RACING QUARTET RESUMES PRACTICE, SIMULATES RACE CONDITIONS

VISION RACING POST-PRACTICE REPORT – May 16, 2007

( Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY , Indiana – The second week of IndyCar Series practice resumed today under cool conditions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500. Vision Racing wasted no time getting back to work as all four drivers ran numerous laps on the 2.5-mile oval, much of which were ran in-tandem to simulate race-like conditions.

With all four entries qualified for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the team is now able to focus on establishing the optimum race set up for each driver and car. Team driver Tomas Scheckter did just that as he got the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, up to 10 th quick on the day with a best lap over 219 mph. His 79 laps were the third most amongst his teammates.

Completing 59 laps in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special today, Ed Carpenter finished just behind Scheckter in 11 th on the speed chart. In spite of feeling a bit under the weather today, Carpenter still felt good inside the cockpit and praised the team on what turned out to be a very productive afternoon.

A.J. Foyt IV not only ran the most laps of anyone on the team, but the most laps of any of the 27 cars on track today as he turned more than 262 miles in 105 laps. Vision Racing’s No. 22 machine was 14 th fastest on the day with Foyt running his quickest at just over 217 mph.

The No. 02 HP Vision Racing machine was quick enough to take the 16 th spot, with Davey Hamilton behind the wheel. Hamilton completed 86 laps and ran a quick lap of more than 216 mph.

The Vision Racing foursome will be on track again tomorrow when scheduled practice time for Thursday, May 17, begins at noon (ET) and lasts until six p.m. The team will again be working on race setups in preparation for the race day, May 27.

91 st Running of the Indianapolis 500Practice Results (May 16, 2007) and Quotes:

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 219.589 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.9857 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 79 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 10 th on speed chart

Today’s Top Speed in Practice: 221.189 mph – Danica Patrick (No. 7 – Andretti-Green Racing)

Scheckter’s Top Seed of Month: 226.161 (05/10/2007, Rank on speed chart: 4 th)

Race Starting Position: 10 th (Qualified Saturday, May 12 th)

On Practice:

“We had a good day today. The team worked on a lot of different things today and we were able to go out there and work with the other three team drivers and test our race setup. We will just keep working on the car at this point to get it ready for the race, so we’ll be back out again tomorrow trying to get in as many laps as we can.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 219.120 mph
Today’s Top Time: 41.0734 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 59 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 11 th on speed chart

Carpenter’s Top Seed of Month: 224.106 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 2 nd)

Race Starting Position: 14 th (Qualified Sunday, May 13 th)

On Practice:

“It was kind of long day because I kind of came down with the flu or something last night. So I wasn’t even sure if I was going to get in the car this morning, but once you get out here and get in the car, everything feels good again. I would say we had a really good start towards our race prep. It was a productive day. In fact, it was probably one of our most productive days we’ve had yet. We are just learning more things about the Hitachi Power Tools car the more we run so I’m just looking forward to feeling better so we can get out there tomorrow and run even more laps.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 217.215 mph
Today’s Top Time: 41.4336 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 105 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 14 th on speed chart

Foyt’s Top Seed of Month: 222.768 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 8 th)

Race Starting Position: 18 th (Qualified Sunday, May 13 th)

On Practice:

“We didn’t have as much speed as we wanted to, at least compared to the No. 2 car and the No. 20 car, but I think we were able to learn some things that they did that seemed to work. So we’ll try to do the same for our car, and tomorrow we’ll put that package on to run and hopefully things will be a little bit better.”

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 216.543 mph
Today’s Top Time: 41.5621 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 86 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 16 th on speed chart

Hamilton ’s Top Seed of Month: 222.420 (05/13/2007, Rank on speed chart: 10 th)

Race Starting Position: 20 th (Qualified Sunday, May 13 th)

On Practice:

“It was a good day out there today. We have a really great racecar and I ran almost half the race distance out there today, so I felt comfortable in the car and we learned a lot. We rean a lot with the rest of the team out there to see how the car would react and I felt like things went really well. I could pass guys, drive much of the track and really work the car, so it was good. We’ll just keep trying different things throughout the week and prepare the HP car for race day.”

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About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27 th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

To be included on the Vision Racing PR distribution list or for more information, please send your contact information to [email protected]

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SCHECKTER TO START 10TH FOR VISION RACING IN HIS SIXTH INDIANAPOLIS 500

VISION RACING POST- QUALIFYING AND PRACTICE REPORT – May 12, 2007

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – The new qualifying format was on display today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the top 11 spots, including the AAMCO Transmissions Pole position, were up for grabs for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500. And while very exciting, the new format made for a bittersweet day for Vision Racing when driver Tomas Scheckter qualified his No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the top 10 for the race, but teammates Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV were unable make today’s top 11, despite a valiant effort. Fourth team driver Davey Hamilton did not attempt a qualifying run.

Scheckter’s one and only qualifying attempt early in the day proved to be enough to withstand the “bumping” that took place in the final hour. The 10th place starting position is just another highlight in his lively history at Indianapolis.

Scheckter has led 148 laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (85 in 2002 and 63 in 2003) and was named the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 2002. His average finish at the famed Brickyard is 19h after finishing in 27th in 2006 (accident), 20th in 2005 (accident) 18th in 2004 (running), fourth in 2003 (running) and 26th in 2002 (accident). In addition to the fourth place finish in 2003, Scheckter’s other Indianapolis 500 highlights include a trio of 10th place starts in 2002, 2004 and now 2007. He’s never started the Indianapolis 500 higher than the 12th position. He will be making his sixth Indianapolis 500 start this May.

Carpenter’s first attempt was also the team’s first on the day. His average of 222.652 mph in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special stood on the “bubble” for much of the afternoon, but as qualification attempts heated up in the final two hours of practice, Carpenter was “bumped” from the field. His second attempt within in the final 30 minutes of Pole Day qualifications was quicker, but not enough to bump Michael Andretti out of the 11thposition. Carpenter’s second attempt was 13th quick on the day at an average of 222.685 mph.

A.J. Foyt IV also attempted one qualifying attempt early this afternoon, but his 221.467 mph average in the No. 22 car was not enough to land him in the top 11 on the starting grid.

Meanwhile Davey Hamilton in the No. 02 HP Vision Racing special did not make a qualifying attempt today.

The remaining three Vision Racing entries driven by Carpenter, Foyt and Hamilton will vie for spots 12 through 22 in tomorrow’s second round of qualifying. Sunday begins with IndyCar Series practice from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. (ET). Qualifying resumes at noon and will again last until 6:00 p.mLive qualifying coverage will air on ESPN2 from noon to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Qualifying/Practice Results (May 12, 2007) and Quotes:

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Qualifying Average Speed: 222.877 mph
Qualifying Rank: 10th

Top Practice Speed: 223.732 (10th quick)
Pole Position: 225.817 mph Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Team Penske

Scheckter’s Top Seed of Month: 226.161 (05/10/2007, Rank on speed chart: 4th)

On qualifying:

“We’ve got a good car and it was a decent run for me, but I think that’s about as much as we had. I’m really happy for the guys that we could get the car in the show today. A 10th place run is just a testament to how hard this team is working to improve. I’m happy with how we did, I’m glad it’s behind me and now I’m ready to focus on setting up a good race car next week.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Qualifying Average Speed: 222.685 mph
Qualifying Rank: (Did not qualify in top 11 today – best attempt was 13thquick)

Today’s Top Practice Speed: 223.302 mph
Today’s Top Practice Time: 40.3041 seconds
Today’s Total Practice Laps: 48 laps
Today’s Overall Practice Rank: 12th on speed chart

Carpenter’s Top Seed of Month: 223.930 (05/10/2007, Rank on speed chart: 14th)

On Qualifying:

“We’ll definitely be back out first thing tomorrow. We’ve got the speed so hopefully we can be the 12th fastest out there. It’s a little disappointing we didn’t get in today. When we went out to practice this afternoon I was able to click off a couple of laps better than 223 so I thought we had it. It’s just disappointing because we tried to get this Hitachi Power Tools and Lowe’s car in there on the first day, but it didn’t happen. I’m disappointed for the guys as they tried so hard to help me get in there, but the good thing is we have Tomas (Scheckter) in there and we’ll get after it tomorrow.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Qualifying Average Speed: 221.467 mph
Qualifying Rank: (Did not qualify in top 11 today – best attempt was 17thquick)

Today’s Top Practice Speed: 222.443 mph
Today’s Top Practice Time: 40.4598 seconds
Today’s Total Practice Laps: 33 laps
Today’s Overall Practice Rank: 18th on speed chart

Foyt’s Top Seed of Month: 222.655 (05/09/2007, Rank on speed chart: 14th)

On Qualifying:

“We dropped off in qualifying from what we did in the morning, but with the conditions always changing at this place, that can to happen. It definitely wasn’t the speed we wanted to show as we’ve shown better speed in the week, so we’ll just wait until tomorrow and give it another shot then.”

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 220.543 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.8084 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 18 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 21st on speed chart

Hamilton’s Top Seed of Month: 220.895 (05/09/2007, Rank on speed chart: 19th)

On Practice:

“Today was easy for me! We went out and did a few laps this morning, but we didn’t attempt to qualify today. We just didn’t have the speed for that. I had a little vibration in the car, left over from yesterday actually, so we went in and tore the car apart, then went back out this afternoon and things felt better. We seemed to have solved the vibration issue, so now we just need to go back out tomorrow and try and get the HP car in this race. I need to find a little bit more speed so hopefully we can find another mile an hour tomorrow.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

To be included on the Vision Racing PR distribution list or for more information, please send your contact information to [email protected]

SCHECKTER TAKES FOURTH AS VISION RACING PARTICIPATES IN FLURRY OF LATE TRACK ACTIVITY AT INDIANAPOLIS

VISION RACING POST-PRACTICE REPORT – May 10, 2007

( Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – It was a hot one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today and as the sizzling afternoon sun began to set, IndyCar Series track activity got even hotter. Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter took advantage of the opportunity to post a 226.161 mph lap with just a few minutes left in practice. The initial run put him first on the speed charts, but he eventually ended up fourth on the day. He completed 32 laps in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Teammate Ed Carpenter did not receive quite the “tow” from the heavy traffic like Scheckter, but still managed to run his best lap so far this month in the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools machine. Carpenter’s 223.930 mph run was good enough for 14 th on the speed charts. He ran a total of 45 laps today.

A.J. Foyt IV in Vision Racing’s No. 22 machine was 20 th on the day. Of Foyt’s 42 laps, he finished with a best lap over 221 mph.

The No. 02 HP Vision Racing special rounded out the team lineup with Davey Hamilton behind the wheel. Hamilton continued to test different setups on the car in his 25 laps. His more than 219 mph was good enough for 23 rd out of 26 cars.

Tomorrow’s Fast Friday practice is set to begin at noon (ET) and run until six p.m. The Pole Day qualification drawing will begin at 6:15 p.m. First rounds of race qualifications take place this Saturday, May 12 th for AAMCO Pole Qualifications on Pole Day. Only the top 11 spots will be filled on Saturday while spots 12 to 22 will be set on Sunday.

91 st Running of the Indianapolis 500Practice Results (May 10, 2007) and Quotes:

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 226.161 mph
Today’s Top Time: 39.7946 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 32 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 4 th on speed chart

Today’s Top Speed in Practice: 226.473 mph – Scott Dixon (No. 9 – Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

Scheckter’s Top Seed of Month: 226.161 (05/10/2007, Rank on speed chart: 4 th)

On Practice:

“We had a good run, but we had a little bit of help. These cars drive pretty good and if we can stick it somewhere in the top 11 on Saturday then I’ll be happy. I’ve still got the whole month to work on things so I’m happy with where we are at. The car is got, obviously it’s good in the tow, so I think we are in good shape.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 223.930 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.1911 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 45 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 14 th on speed chart

Carpenter’s Top Seed of Month: 223.930 (05/10/2007, Rank on speed chart: 14 th)

On Practice:

“Practice was good today. When we went out early today I felt like we had lost some speed and Indy will do that to you sometimes and you don’t really know why. Sometimes it will just throw you a curve ball. So we came back and regrouped to take a couple steps backward which was good because then we went out and found some more speed. It’s really hard to tell where you’re at with everyone getting a tow and running different setups, but I think we are pretty good right now. I’m more confident than I was yesterday that we can put it in the top 11 on Saturday.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 221.867 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.5649 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 42 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 20 th on speed chart

Foyt’s Top Seed of Month: 222.655 (05/09/2007, Rank on speed chart: 14 th)

On Practice:

“At the end we at least got the car feeling good, but we still didn’t get the speed that we wanted. We made some changes to try and find some speed, but it just wasn’t there. It’s not making the most sense to us right now, but we haven’t given up. It’s still early and with my teammates running well, we’ll go back and look at everything and get it figured out for tomorrow.”

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 219.060 mph
Today’s Top Time: 41.0846 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 25 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 23 rd on speed chart

Hamilton ’s Top Seed of Month: 220.895 (05/09/2007, Rank on speed chart: 19 th)

On Practice:

“Today was one of those days where you have to try some things. I’m glad it’s behind us at least. Of course, we went out in the heat of the day too which made a difference. The car is actually going to be fine we just tried some things and we found it was pretty slick out there and we actually found some things to change on all of the cars, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to get back out there. But we were able to find some good things that helped the guys get faster so I’m happy with that and we’ll get back after it tomorrow.”

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About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27 th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

To be included on the Vision Racing PR distribution list or for more information, please send your contact information to [email protected]

VISION RACING, CARDIOCHEK® OFFER INDIANAPOLIS 500 FANS FREE CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS  

SPEEDWAY , Ind. (May 10, 2007) – This May, venturing to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for various festivities and track activity surrounding the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500 can actually be good for your health. It’s true. Thanks to Vision Racing and their new partnership with Indianapolis-based Polymer Technology Systems, Inc. (PTS) for the 2007 IndyCar Series season, anyone from the die-hard race fan, to the casual spectator, to the media and even team and track employees can experience a free cholesterol screening via the power of the revolutionary CardioChek® device.

CardioChek is a hand-held analyzer used with PTS Panels® Test Strips to measure specific whole blood indicators related to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Specifically, the CardioChek device can measure Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides and other related indicators associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Thus, a trip to the track can mean a free cholesterol checkup and potentially, a life saved!

As PTS President and CEO, Bob Huffstodt noted, “There are millions of Americans who can benefit from the CardioChek technology, so we want to get the CardioChek brand in front of as many consumers as we can, as fast as we can. Auto racing being so popular helps us get that exposure. Speed and precision are of course important to both the world of racing and medical diagnostics. Indianapolis being the shared birthplace of both the Indy Racing League and the CardioChek makes the fit perfect”.

Already, IndyCar fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the streets of St. Petersburg have enjoyed the benefit of a free cholesterol screening. Now visitors to the Brickyard for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing will get an opportunity to enjoy a free cholesterol checkup as well.

This month’s screenings are set to occur on five important dates. They include:

  1. Friday, May 11 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Screenings to take place in F1 garage No. 33 by the Pagoda Plaza and inside the MainGate, Inc. IndyCar Series merchandise tent in the Fan Zone (by the IMS museum.)
  1. Saturday, May 12 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Screenings to take place in F1 garage No. 33 by the Pagoda Plaza and inside the MainGate, Inc. IndyCar Series merchandise tent in the Fan Zone (by the IMS museum.)
  1. Wednesday, May 23 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Screenings to take place in F1 garage No. 33 by the Pagoda Plaza and inside the MainGate, Inc. IndyCar Series merchandise tent in the Fan Zone (by the IMS museum.)
  1. Friday, May 25 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Screenings to take place in F1 garage No. 33 by the Pagoda Plaza and inside the MainGate, Inc. IndyCar Series merchandise tent in the Fan Zone (by the IMS museum.)
  1. Sunday, May 27 from 9 am to 12 pm. Screenings to take place in F1 garage No. 33 by the Pagoda Plaza and inside the MainGate, Inc. IndyCar Series merchandise tent in the Fan Zone (by the IMS museum.)

The partnership between Vision Racing and CardioChek allows IndyCar Series fans to participate in vital community outreach programs via public cholesterol screenings held at select IndyCar Series events, and other major public events, such as the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500.

Vision racing principle, Tony George noted, “Within our society today, consumers, in general, are becoming more health-conscious; and PTS has developed the CardioChek device, which will virtually put monitoring cholesterol, a leading indicator for heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions at their finger-tips. This health screening device can provide huge benefits to the conscious consumer, many of whom are our race fans.”

In addition to the free fan cholesterol screenings, the partnership between Vision Racing and CardioChek also makes for an expansion in Vision Racing’s partnership portfolio as CardioChek is featured as an associate sponsor on the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing entry driven by Ed Carpenter, including branding on the driver’s helmet and uniform.

“It’s a little more unique than most sponsors when we can help people lead a healthier life and make healthier decisions,” Carpenter said. “If people have a cholesterol problem and don’t know it, then maybe we can help them discover that. It’s a neat thing where we can go racing and help people at the same time.”

George went on to add, “I’m very proud to have a partner that demonstrates the ability to assist so many people. CardioChek will afford us as a team and a Series, collectively, to make a true impact in the well-being of so many in the communities where we race.”

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About CardioChek® Self-Test System: CardioChek is a hand-held analyzer used with PTS Panels Test Strips to measure specific whole blood indicators related to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Home users simply insert a color-coded test strip and accompanying MEMo Chip™ into the meter; add a small amount of blood (about 15 microliters); and test results are displayed in about two minutes. The CardioChek analyzer stores up to 30 results in memory for future comparison. It can be programmed in one of six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. CardioChek and Test Strips are available at thousands of pharmacy outlets nationwide. Or check the CardioChek website at: www.cardiochek.com

About Polymer Technology Systems, Inc.: Polymer Technology Systems, Inc. applies advanced diagnostic technology to provide state-of-the-art tools for information about indicators of heart, cardiovascular disease and other diseases. PTS’ devices enable people to assess risk and monitor therapeutic progress on-the-spot, immediately and conveniently, from a small drop of blood. CardioChek Systems were launched worldwide in 2003. They are now used by thousands of physicians, pharmacists, health and wellness programs, and consumers worldwide. CardioChek Systems currently have individual and/or panel tests* for Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol (direct)*, Triglycerides, Glucose, Ketone and Creatinine*. (*For professional use only) Founded in 1992, PTS is privately held. The Company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, and has sales representatives and/or distributors worldwide. www.cardiochek.com

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27 th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

To be included on the Vision Racing PR distribution list or for more information, please send your contact information to [email protected]

WET CONDITIONS SHORTEN PRACTICE TIME FOR VISION RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS

VISION RACING POST-PRACTICE REPORT – May 9, 2007

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – Just as the scheduled noon start time for practice rolled around today, ominous skies gathered overhead and heavy rain soaked the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thus suspending practice in preparation for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 for much of the afternoon.

However, just after 4:00 p.m. IndyCar Series official gave the green light for practice to commence for the day and Vision Racing wasted no time getting out on the 2.5-mile oval. Once again, all four Vision Racing teammates got behind the wheel this afternoon, each sharing different duties from testing qualifying setups, to race setups and everything in between.

Tomas Scheckter led the team for the second day in a row in the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone. He had a best averaged lap of 223.539 mph, logged a total of 31 laps and was eighth on the speed chart.

Teammate Ed Carpenter and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special followed behind Scheckter in the 11th spot, completing 25 laps and a top speed of over 223 mph. That was also Carpenter’s fastest time of the month thus far.

Ending up 14th quick on the day, A.J. Foyt IV and the No. 22 Vision Racing machine turned a lap quicker than 222 mph in his 21 trips around the Brickyard, which was also a best time for Foyt on the month.

Meanwhile Davey Hamilton found a tick more speed in the team’s race set up on the No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. His best lap was just over 220 in his 20 laps on the day to finish up 19th quick amongst a total of 26 cars.

Weather permitting, scheduled practice time for Thursday, May 10, will begin at noon (ET) and run until six p.m. First rounds of race qualifications begin this Saturday, May 12th for AAMCO Pole Qualifications on Pole Day.

91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Practice Results (May 9, 2007):

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 223.539 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.2614 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 31 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 8th on speed chart

Today’s Top Speed in Practice: 226.391 mph – Dan Wheldon (No. 10 – Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

Scheckter’s Top Seed of Month: 224.783 (05/08/2007, Rank on speed chart: 3rd)

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 223.090 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.3425 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 25 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 11th on speed chart

Carpenter’s Top Seed of Month: 223.090 (05/09/2007, Rank on speed chart: 11th)

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 222.655mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.4213 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 21 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 14th on speed chart

Foyt’s Top Seed of Month: 222.655 (05/09/2007, Rank on speed chart: 14th)

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 220.895 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.7433 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 20 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 19th on speed chart

Hamilton’s Top Seed of Month: 220.895 (05/09/2007, Rank on speed chart: 19th)

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About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

SCHECKTER LEADS WAY FOR VISION RACING TAKING THIRD IN FIRST DAY OF FULL PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS

VISION RACING POST-PRACTICE REPORT – May 8, 2007

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – The opportunity to finally take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 was not lost on Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter. The South African had the No. 2 Dallara/Honda/Firestone up to speed in a hurry. A late run in the day really gave Scheckter a boost as he clocked the third fastest speed of the day with a 224.783 mph run. He completed 59 laps on the day.

Vision Racing regulars, A.J. Foyt IV and Ed Carpenter took 16th and 17th, respectively, on the charts after posting speeds over 221 mph. Foyt turned a total of 49 laps today in the No. 22 machine, while Carpenter put 33 laps on the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools special.

Team newcomer and fourth driver Davey Hamilton turned the least amount of laps in the No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, completing a top speed of 219 mph in 23 laps to end up 21st on the speed chart.

The Vision Racing fearsome foursome will ascend upon the track again tomorrow as scheduled practice time for Wednesday, May 9, will begin at noon (ET) and run until six p.m. The team will be working to gain even more speed as they prepare for AAMCO Pole Qualifications on Pole Day, this Saturday, May 12.

91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Practice Results (May 7, 2007) and Quotes:

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 224.783 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.0386 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 59 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 3rd on speed chart

Today’s Top Speed in Practice: 225.074 mph – Dan Wheldon (No. 10 – Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

Scheckter’s Top Seed of Month: 224.783 (05/08/2007, Rank on speed chart: 3rd)

On practice:

“It’s the first day of a very long month, but we were able to turn a decent lap at the end of practice today which put us up near the top. Of course, Tony (Kanaan) gave me a little bit of help there in the draft, but we were able to take advantage of it and log a good time. Nonetheless we are still improving as a team and I think we can work together to put together a good package for the race. Our run today was a good boost for the team and the guy’s at the shop, but we also got a lot of work to do as we got some help on that lap.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 221.922 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.5548 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 49 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 16th on speed chart

Foyt’s Top Seed of Month: 221.922 (05/08/2007, Rank on speed chart: 16th)

On practice:

“I’m definitely glad to be back here. I thought the guys gave me a good car and we had a good day of practice. We didn’t go as fast as we would have liked, but it’s a long month and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and we’ll keep working on it to get faster. I’m ready to get after it tomorrow to see what we can do.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 221.701 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.5953 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 33 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 17th on speed chart

Carpenter’s Top Seed of Month: 221.701 (05/08/2007, Rank on speed chart: 17th)

On practice:

“The car ran well just from unloading it so I’m happy with where we are at today. I’m really pleased that Tomas (Scheckter) was able to get out there at the end and click off some good laps. That’s promising for the team. I think we have a good platform on the Hitachi Power Tools car to move forward from so I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow and going faster.”

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 219.180 mph
Today’s Top Time: 41.0622 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 23 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 21st on speed chart

Hamilton’s Top Seed of Month: 220.214 (05/07/2007, Rank on speed chart: 3rd)

On practice:

“We actually ran today with the car still in race setup, which was nice to help me get ready for the race. We did a few shock changes just to try a different grip level and I didn’t like it as well, so we back to out standard setup that we’ve been running all weekend and it’s been good. It was a hot day and the track was as slick as it’s been for me yet so I felt the car moving around a little, but since we were still doing race setup stuff, the HP car felt good and I’m happy with it.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

HAMILTON COMPLETES INDY REFRESHER BEFORE ALL FOUR VISION RACING DRIVERS HIT THE TRACK TOMORROW

VISION RACING POST-PRACTICE REPORT – May 7, 2007

(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – Another sun-drenched day at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway allowed Vision Racing’s Davey Hamilton to acclimate himself to both the 2.5-mile oval and the No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone after an accident six years kept him out of the cockpit, competitively.

Completing a total of 62 laps and speeds over 220 mph between yesterday and today, it’s more than apparent that Hamilton is ready to make his return to the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Hamilton’s effort on track today proved to be the third best of six total cars participating in the rookie orientation and refresher opportunity.

Tomorrow Hamilton will be joined by a trio of Vision Racing teammates in Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Tomas Scheckter as well as much of the rest of the competition. With another great weather forecast for Tuesday, fans can expect a great deal of track activity as drivers and teams prepare for AAMCO Pole Qualifications on Pole Day, this Saturday, May 12.

Scheduled practice time for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8, will begin at noon (ET) and run until six p.m.
91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Practice Results (May 7, 2007) and Quotes:

Davey Hamilton – No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

Today’s Top Speed: 220.214 mph
Today’s Top Time: 40.8694 seconds
Today’s Total Laps: 36 laps
Today’s Overall Rank: 3rd on speed chart

Today’s Top Speed in Practice: 221.579 mph – Michael Andretti (No. 39 – Andretti Green Racing)

Hamilton’s Top Seed of Month: 220.214 (05/07/2007, Rank on speed chart: 3rd)

On practice:

“It was a second great day in a row for me today. We just worked on coming up to speed again and we did that, but we’ve also got a long way to go. The HP car is very comfortable and I’m very confident in my abilities and the car. Now we can start working on trimming out the car and looking for additional speed for qualifying. Overall it was a very great day.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. The team has also added a fourth driver for the 91strunning of the Indianapolis 500 in Davey Hamilton. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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HITACHI POWERS VISION RACING, CARPENTER IN THE 91 ST RUNNING OF INDIANAPOLIS 500  

HITACHI POWER TOOLS AND LOWE’S TO SPONSOR VISION RACING AND ED CARPENTER FOR THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN RACING

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 4, 2007) – Vision Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Hitachi Koki U.S.A., Ltd (Hitachi Power Tools) (NYSE: HIT) as the primary sponsor of the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, driven by Ed Carpenter, for the 91 st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The partnership also includes an associate sponsorship presence by Lowe’s. The Hitachi and Lowe’s affiliation as associate sponsors will continue for the balance of the 2007 IndyCar Series season.

“It is our great pleasure to welcome Hitachi Power Tools and Lowe’s to the Vision Racing team for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” team co-owner, Tony George, said. “ Hitachi’s reputation for developing the latest in high-tech power tools, commitment to speed, precision and durability as well as its strong consumer appeal makes them a great fit for our team, for the Indianapolis 500, and the IndyCar Series.”

The agreement between Vision Racing and Hitachi Power Tools for the 2007 season brings a great new partner to the paddock. Hitachi is the only tool manufacturer that offers a complete line of electric, cordless and pneumatic power tools as well as a full line of accessories and fasteners. Hitachi is keenly focused on producing the most technologically advanced tools on the market. Their commitment to technological excellence has resulted in making Hitachi Power Tools superior in the industry and a perfect fit for the demanding tool-intensive IndyCar Series.

It is that very drive and ability that will push Vision Racing to new success at Indianapolis this year.

Hitachi Power Tools Director of Marketing, Tim Young, said, IndyCar is the most technologically advanced form of racing in North America. We are proud to support a team and League that breed the same dedication to excellence as we do and offers great visibility to an audience that appreciates superior technology and performance.

Hitachi is utilizing the Vision Racing marketing platform as a new foundation for in-store promotions and as an extension of its relationship with Lowe’s.

There is no mistaking a Hitachi Power Tool. The unmatched performance and bright green color make it noticeable around the house or on any job site. The same can be said for the No. 20 machine this month as it will too be graced with the vibrant Hitachi Power Tools green. Veteran driver and Indianapolis resident, Ed Carpenter, will race the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing special on the 2.5-mile oval for the third straight season.

Carpenter led his Vision Racing teammates at Indy last year with an 11 th place finish, matching his finish from the year before. He started the 2006 affair from the 12 th spot, also his highest starting position for that race. In the 2006 race, he ran as high as eighth place. He is currently in his third season with Vision Racing and fourth overall in the IndyCar Series.

He said, “ I live for Indy and the month of May, so to have Hitachi Power Tools and Lowe’s on the car and with the team this year will be a huge asset to our Indy 500 effort. I’m hungry for better results at Indianapolis and now we’ve got the right tools to make it happen. Not to mention, this is a cool sponsor and I’m a big fan of their line of tools.”

The partnership is between Hitachi Power Tools, Lowe’s and the No. 20 machine is a match made in heaven for Carpenter. An avid home-repair junkie, Carpenter recently hung up the hammer at a long-time family home as he and wife, Heather, moved to a new home in Indianapolis leaving behind a home full of blood, sweat, tears and plenty of history.

A do-it-yourself mentality provided Carpenter plenty of time to practice his craft in home repair as he remodeled his former Speedway, Ind. home. Carpenter still owns the home which is something of a relic in the Hulman-George family. Just blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Carpenter’s former residence was purchased as new in 1955 by stepfather Tony George’s parents, Elmer and Mari George. Tony grew up in the home as a boy and for a time, drivers A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey lived in the basement. He’s keeping his home improvement skills fresh as he is currently renovating another property he hopes to sell in the near future. Of course, Hitachi Power Tools and Lowe’s are an essential part of Carpenter’s home repair ventures.

Joining Carpenter and the No. 20 Hitachi Power Tools Vision Racing for the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500 includes team sponsors Lowe’s, CardioChek, HP, Bombardier Learjet, and MSC Seating Corporation.

“We’ve got a great group of partners behind us for this year’s race, George noted. “That kind of commitment to success will undoubtedly reap dividends for Vision Racing in 2007.”

About Hitachi Power Tools: In 1994, Hitachi Power Tools U.S.A. was renamed Hitachi Koki U.S.A. to denote the addition of manufacturing to the United States. Hitachi Koki U.S.A. carries an extensive line of professional grade tools and accessories for residential construction, commercial construction, tradesman and Do-It-Yourselfers. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with satellite offices in  Valencia CA and Toronto ONT, Hitachi Koki U.S.A. supplies nearly 4000 retail locations, both independent and home center, and supports over 1000 authorized service centers. Many Hitachi tools are designed and offered for use only in North America. With dozens of new models already in development, Hitachi Koki U.S.A. enters the 21st century continuing to offer the highest level of professional power tools available. www.HitachiPowerTools.com

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.VisionRacing.com

About Lowe’s Racing: Lowe’s enters its sixth year as primary sponsor of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo, driven by 2006 champion Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.   Lowe’s also sponsors the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Acura LMP2 for drivers Adrián Fernández and Luis Diaz in the American LeMans Series. Lowe’s, the second largest home improvement retailer in the world, also operates one of the largest fan clubs in the sport. For more information on Team Lowe’s Racing, visit Lowesracing.com.

About The 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500: Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500, 200-lap, 500-mile race starts at noon (EDT) on Sunday, May 27 th and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

SCHECKTER DRIVES TO FIFTH, FOYT NINTH IN SEASON-BEST FINISHES TODAY AT KANSAS

VISION RACING POST-RACE REPORT – April 29, 2007

(Kansas Speedway)

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Tomas Scheckter drove himself and Vision Racing to its first top five finish of the 2007 IndyCar Series season in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Following up Scheckter was teammate A.J. Foyt IV, who finished ninth and in the top 10 for the first time this year. Meanwhile, Ed Carpenter was running in the fifth spot before suffering a crash mid-way through the race and thus finishing in the 17th spot.

The fifth place run for Scheckter matches his best finish at Kansas, of which he scored in 2005. This also marks his fourth top 10 finish in four races for Scheckter and the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. In addition, the strong run keeps him at seventh in the IndyCar Series driver point championship.

Furthermore, this gives Scheckter and his teammates a boost of momentum heading into the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, next month. His career-best fourth at Indianapolis is something he’s aiming to beat.

Foyt’s ninth place finish not only marks his first top 10 finish of 2007, but his best finish at Kansas Speedway, as well as his third straight running finish in the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone. This is also his first top 10 since his ninth place run at Kentucky Speedway in 2005.

Foyt started today’s 300-mile race in 15th and ran as high as fourth. The impressive drive moves him up from 17th in the driver point championship to 15th. Foyt will be looking to improve upon a career-best Indianapolis500 finish of 18th at the Brickyard in May.

Carpenter, who started in the 13th spot behind the wheel of the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone managed to climb as high as fifth in the race before slick track conditions caused him to get loose and back into the turn four wall. He was attempting to pass lapped traffic when he got high on the track. Carpenter was running in fifth at the time of the crash on lap 101.

It marks the first time Carpenter did not finish an IndyCar Series race at Kansas Speedway in his fourth attempt. The 17th place finish for Carpenter puts him at 17th in the driver championship point standings.

Carpenter knows he has a car capable of giving him his best-ever month of May. The past two seasons with Vision Racing, Carpenter has finished 11th at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’ll be making a charge at the top 10 when the flag drops on the 91st running of the Indianapolis500 on May 27th. The infamous 200-lap, 500-mile event will air live on Sunday May 27th, at noon (EDT) on ABC Sports, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Race Results and Quotes (April 29, 2007):

Kansas Lottery Indy 300 Results:

1. No. 10 – Dan Wheldon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  1. No. 27 – Dario Franchitti, Andretti Green Racing
  2. No. 3 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
  3. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started: 7th)
  4. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started 15th)
  5. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started 13th)

Pole Position: Tony Kanaan (No. 11 – Andretti Green Racing)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:
“It gives us a good feeling. We are still a little bit off the guys in the front, but it was a great performance by everybody on the team. The team gave me a good car, which made a big difference. We’ve been working on the cars in the wind tunnel which should payoff at Indy and hopefully on the next 1.5-mile track, make us a lot better.”

A.J. Foyt IV – No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“We weren’t a lap-down car for sure. We had a great car and drove a fairly good race so I’m excited about Indy. I just want to thank the team for giving me a good car. It was a good day and we’ll carry this over into May.”

Ed Carpenter – No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:

“We had a good car today. We started a little further back than where we wanted, but we made a good charge in the race to run towards the front. It’s just a shame we weren’t able to finish. I was trying to get around some cars and make a pass and the car just got loose and found the wall. I’m upset about it, but I know that we will have a good package in May so I’m ready to get started at Indy and get after it.”

About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing.

About the Kansas Lottery Indy 300: Held at Kansas Speedway, the Kansas Lottery Indy 300, features a 200-lap, 300-mile race, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 and will be broadcast ESPN2, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145, and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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SCHECKTER DRIVES TO VISION RACING’SSECOND STRAIGHT SIXTH PLACE FINISH

VISION RACING POST-RACE REPORT – April 1, 2007 (Streets of St. Petersburg)

  1. PETERSBURG , Fla. – Vision Racing driver Tomas Scheckter drove to a sixth place finish in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this afternoon. The finish gives Vision Racing its second straight sixth place finish in the first two IndyCar Series events of the 2007 season.

Last weekend on the 1.5-mile oval of Homestead-Miami Speedway, teammate Ed Carpenter also finished in the sixth spot while Scheckter was eighth. Picking up where he left off last weekend, Scheckter started today’s 1.8-mile street course affair from the eighth spot. In fact, in all three starts at St. Petersburg, Scheckter has started from eighth position.

Scheckter’s sixth place finish is his best at St. Petersburg and moves him up to seventh in the driver championship point standings in the No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Making his second start at St. Petersburg and for Vision Racing, A.J. Foyt IV finished in the 13 th spot and was running at the end of the race. He qualified the No. 22 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the 17 th position.

The 13 th place finish was also Foyt’s best run on the 14-turn street course and puts him at 17 th in the driver point standings.

However, Foyt’s day was not without incident as a first lap mishap collected six cars, including Foyt. No significant damage was done to the car and he was able to continue on in the race. On lap 47, Foyt also made contact with the rear of teammate, Carpenter, in turn one.

Carpenter, who was running in 13 th at the time, was forced to retire the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone as a result of the contact with Foyt. He finished in 18 th after a 16 th place start. He ran as high as 10 th in the race and drops to 12 th in the point standings.

Vision Racing has its sights set on cracking the top-five as the IndyCar Series heads to Japan for the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on April 21. The 200-lap, 300-mile D-shaped oval event will air at noon (EDT) on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

Race Results and Quotes (April 1, 2007):

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Results:

  1. No. 3 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
  2. No. 9 – Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  3. No. 11 – Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green Racing
  4. No. 2 – Tomas Scheckter, Vision Racing (Started 8 th)
  5. No. 22 – A.J. Foyt IV, Vision Racing (Started 17 th)
  6. No. 20 – Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing (Started: 16 th)

Pole Position: Helio Castroneves (No. 3 – Team Penske)

Tomas Scheckter – No. 2 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone

On race:
“It was okay. I struggled just on that last set of tires. I think overall we were competitive though and that’s good. We did well. We were able to keep (Sam) Hornish behind us, which was good and to get a top-six finish for the team is great. I’m happy with that on a road course.”

 About Vision Racing:Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis , Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 participated in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and team newcomer, but IndyCar veteran, A.J. Foyt IV. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. For more information visit www.VisionRacing.com

About Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Held on the streets of St. Petersburg, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg begins Friday, March 30 for practice and qualifying. The 100-lap, 180-mile race starts at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, April 1 and will be broadcast live on ESPN, IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channel 145 and on the web at www.IndyCar.com.

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VISION RACING TO COMPETE IN GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

 CARPENTER, SCHECKTER, FOYT AND GEORGE TO SHARE DRIVING DUTIES IN FIRST GRAND-AM RACE

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 5, 2007) – Vision Racing will make its debut in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve as team drivers, Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter and A.J. Foyt IV will join team owner, Tony George, behind the wheel of the No. 00 Vision Racing Porsche Crawford Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

This will mark Vision Racing’s first foray into Grand-Am Series racing as well as the first attempt for all four aforementioned drivers.

Team principle, Tony George, said, “I have always wanted to do this race and it gives our drivers a chance to tune-up before we officially start the 2007 IndyCar Series season. Now that we have our own race team, it provides me the opportunity to participate in this historic event.”

Carpenter recently tested a Grand-Am Series machine at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Daytona International Speedway after the team acquired the No. 00 Porsche Crawford from Cheever Racing.

He said, “Driving a Daytona Prototype is a lot different than an IndyCar, but I have had a lot of fun and I have learned a lot. Participating in the Rolex 24 at Daytona will allow us to improve our road course performance and it helps to break up the off-season a bit.”

The Rolex 24 at Daytona may serve as a bit of a tune-up for full-time IndyCar drivers, Carpenter and Scheckter, but for George this will be the first time in a racecar since driving midgets in USAC and competing in the “Chili Bowl”, back in the 2001. While George has made his legacy in motorsports as the CEO and owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, founder of the Indy Racing League, and owner of Vision Racing, he also had tenure as a professional driver.

George attended racing schools in 1984 and made his debut in the USAC Pro-Ford championship. The following year he finished third in the Sports Car Club of America Formula Ford Central Division, qualifying him for the National Run-Offs. He then drove the Super Vee and Formula Pacific series in 1986-87. In 1989, he competed in the American Racing Series for the legendary A.J. Foyt, finishing 12th in points and capturing five top-tens.

“I am very excited to race again,” George said. “Obviously, I love to race, so this is something that I really want to do, but even more than that, it allows me to build a stronger relationship with my team.”

The addition of Foyt to the team has not gone unnoticed either. An experienced IndyCar driver as well, Foyt has started 48 races in his Indy-car career, where he earned three top-10 finishes with Foyt Enterprises. This will be his first time behind the wheel of a Daytona Prototype.

“I’ve known A.J. since he was a kid and he and I both drove for his grandfather, so I was happy to be able to invite him to join us in this venture,” George noted.  “I view this race as an opportunity to continue to develop Vision Racing into the most competitive team it can be.  Each new challenge I have thrown their way, they have met with enthusiastic professionalism. Competing in this race will allow Vision Racing to expand its on-track capabilities.”

Between George and his three teammates there is a great deal of racing experience, but they all agree that resting on their laurels is something they cannot do to be competitive at Daytona.

“Grand-am racing is difficult,” Carpenter noted. “It’s not something you can expect to be successful in right away, so we’ve got to practice everything from car setup to pit stops to driver changes.”

Carpenter and his teammates are currently practicing at the scheduled Grand-Am test (January 4-6) held at Daytona International Speedway. The Rolex 24 at Daytona begins Saturday, January 27th at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

 About Vision Racing: Vision Racing is owned and operated by Tony and Laura George as well as actor Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s Greys Anatomy and is based in Indianapolis Indiana in a 32,000 square foot facility. The team competes full-time in the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, and for the first time in 2007 will also participate in the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race in Daytona, Florida. Entering its third season of IndyCar competition, the team is coming off 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish in 2006. The team features returning drivers Ed Carpenter and Thomas Scheckter for 2007. Vision Racing continues to proudly perpetuate the legacy of the Hulman-George family through motorsports excellence, by demonstrating the traditions and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Racing. www.visionracing.com

About The Rolex 24 at Daytona: Held at the Daytona International Speedway, the Rolex 24 at Daytona is the first race of the Grand American Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. Race action on the 3.56 mile road course starts at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, January 27th.

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