Season Preview: Vision Racing
March 10, 2008 | 1:11 P.M. EST
Entering its fourth season in 2008, and returning two drivers from last season, the team feels it has reached its maturation point.
Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV return to drive Vision Racing's Honda-powered Dallaras while Larry Curry is back as team manager. Carpenter, 27, and Foyt, 23, both have 65 career starts in the IndyCar Series and combined for 11 top-10 finishes last year.
"We think our drivers are seasoned enough now to where they understand how it all works," Curry said. "We think that we've done our homework over the winter. Certainly on road courses we feel like we're going to be much more respectable to where we can go out and compete for some top-10 finishes. On the ovals, the expectations are to win a race."
Foyt, the inaugural Indy Pro Series champion in 2002, came closest to Victory Lane last year, finishing third and leading 13 laps at Kentucky. He was fifth-quick in last month's Open Test on the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"I'm excited about it," Foyt said. "We have a great team manager with Larry Curry, and his son, Matt, is my engineer. Toward the end of the year, you could see we were getting better and more comfortable with each other. The goal for this year – for me and Ed – is to get Vision Racing its first win. (I) finished third last year, and we just need to jump over that hill a bit more and get that first win, which would be a huge accomplishment. I think we have the opportunity to get that done."
Carpenter, a permanent fixture at the Indianapolis-based race shop, started last season with a sixth-place finish at Homestead.
"Last year we started strong, but from May on I wasn't very happy with our season," Carpenter said. "Some of the things that we've done will hopefully change that this season. Obviously, you'll have to step it up because we have a lot more teams coming in, and a lot more good teams with quality drivers. I think they will make us raise our games more on road courses because that's their strong point. The biggest thing is to be more consistent. We had some good runs last year; we were capable of running in the top five but didn't do it consistently enough."
Vision Racing Capsule
Car Numbers: 2 (Foyt), 20 (Carpenter)
Drivers: Ed Carpenter, 27, Indianapolis; A.J. Foyt IV, 23, Hockley, Texas
Team Manager: Larry Curry
Chief Engineer: Jeff Britton
Chief Mechanic: Keven Kukulewicz
2007 Review (Included Tomas Scheckter)
Top 5: 3
Top 10: 21
Laps Led: 15
Best Start: 5th (Iowa)
Best Finish: 3rd (Kentucky)
Running at Finish: 36
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