2007 Preview: Vision Racing
March 19, 2007 | 9:14 A.M. EST
- Drivers: Tomas Scheckter (Car No. 2), Ed Carpenter (Car No. 20), A.J. Foyt IV (Car No. 22)
- Team Manager: Larry Curry
- Race Engineer: David Cripps
- Assistant Engineers: Matt Curry and Al Bodey
- Chief Mechanic: Keven Kukulewicz
2006 Rear View Mirror
Drivers: Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter
Points: 10th (Scheckter), 14th (Carpenter)
Best Overall Race Finish: Third by Scheckter at Milwaukee
For the second straight year, the IndyCar Series off-season has yielded growth for Vision Racing. After adding a car to the effort and several personnel in 2006, the the team will add another entry and debut a three-car effort for the season opening XM Satellite Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Joining regular team drivers Ed Carpenter and Tomas Scheckter will be A.J. Foyt IV. The move to add a car to the stable also saw growth in team personnel with a current roster of nearly 50 employees.
The new kid on the block at Vision Racing is no stranger to IndyCar Series competition. Foyt, the grandson of IndyCar legend, A.J. Foyt, will return to full-time to the Series for his fourth full season and will participate in his fifth season overall.
"I had been talking to Tony for a while about joining the team, so I’m really happy that we could work something out," Foyt said. "I’m very thankful to everyone for the opportunity and look forward to achieving some great things."
Foyt’s most recent IndyCar action came last season when he drove in the season finale for Andretti Green Racing in place of the injured, Dario Franchitti. Foyt has started 48 races in his IndyCar career, with three top-10 finishes.
Rounding out the Vision Racing effort will be the No. 2 and No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone machines, which will once again be piloted by Scheckter and Carpenter, respectively. The pair had a breakthrough season for the team in 2006, including 15 top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes and a third place finish.
Scheckter, who is entering his sixth IndyCar Series season, gave the team its best championship points finish last season when he earned the 10th spot. He also scored the team’s highest race finish with a third place run at The Milwaukee Mile. Not to mention, he also put a Vision Racing machine in the lead for the first time, leading a total of 20 laps last season; increasing his total career laps lead to 1,351.
"Last season, Vision Racing showed a lot of promise," Scheckter said. "Each race we got better and better and began to challenge for the top spots. We must carry that momentum forward into 2007, and when we do, then I believe we can start winning races."
Carpenter scored his best career finish with a fifth place run at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition, Carpenter earned a career-best qualifying effort of fourth at Michigan International Speedway last season.
"Once we started hitting stride last season, I wasn’t ready to stop racing," Carpenter said. "I’m eager to get back on track and produce even better results this year. We are all ready to start challenging for race wins."