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FOYT EDGES CARPENTER FOR THIRD INFINITI PRO SERIES WIN

INDY RACING INFINITI PRO SERIES
Source — Indy Racing
Date Posted — August 11, 2002
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FOYT EDGES CARPENTER FOR THIRD INFINITI PRO SERIES WIN

SPARTA, Kentucky -- A.J. Foyt IV earned his third Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series victory in four starts this season, edging Ed Carpenter by .0652 of a second to win the Kentucky 100 on Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway.

Foyt, grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, took the lead from Carpenter for good on Lap 56 of the 67-lap race in the No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Foyt led 63 laps, and his average speed was 151.420 mph. Foyt expanded his lead in the standings of the new Indy Racing League development series to 51 points over Cory Witherill.

"It started off real good," said Foyt, 18. "Everything's been going our way, all the luck falling our way, all the Harrah's guys from the IRL crew helping us out a whole lot setting this car up perfect.

"My grandpa is doing a great job setting the car up. I just couldn't ask anything more out of anybody. Everything's going our way, and hopefully we can finish the year up good."

Carpenter was the only other lap leader besides Foyt, leading four laps in the No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod/Futaba/Delphi entry. Carpenter was bidding for a weekend double of victories, as he won the USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series race Saturday night at Salem, Ind.

Witherill finished third in the No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Ronnie Johncox was fourth in the No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special entry, with Matt Beardsley rounding out the top five in the No. 12 Alpine Bank Old-Republic Land Title entry.

Foyt pulled away from the field after a restart on Lap 4, expanding his lead to 2.5 seconds by Lap 14.

But the field was bunched during a caution period on Lap 16, which started when Aaron Fike spun in the No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing entry.

Foyt kept the lead on the restart on Lap 19 and on the final restart after a caution on Lap 28. But Carpenter started to close on Foyt and passed him for the lead with an inside move in Turn 2 on Lap 32. Foyt regained the lead with an inside move in Turn 1 on Lap 34, with Carpenter rallying to pass Foyt for the lead again in lapped traffic on Lap 54.

But Foyt drove past Carpenter two laps later with an inside move in Turn 3 to take the lead for good.

"Anthony is untouchable," Carpenter said of Foyt. "I could run with him in the draft; he's just got a better car. They're faster by themselves all the time for some reason. I had a way better race car than him today, handling-wise. They've just got something figured out to get some more power out of that thing, and that's where they're beating everybody.

"We had a great weekend, a win (at Salem) and a second. I'm happy. I'm not complaining about anything. I just wish I could've won this one."

Actor-driver Jason Priestley, who qualified second, didn't start the race after suffering serious injuries in a crash during final practice this morning. Priestley's No. 7 HomeMed Pharmacy entry hit the retaining wall in Turn 2.

Priestley is stable and responding at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where he was transported after the accident.

The next Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series event is Aug. 25 at Gateway International Raceway.####

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on August 11, 2002. http://www.racingwest.com

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