The End of The Road for Vision Racing

No NameAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2010

LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 09: Ed Carpenter drives the #20 Menards Vision Racing Dallara Honda during the IRL IndyCar Series The Honda Indy 200 on August 9, 2009 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.  (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
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Tony George's last tie to the Indy Car Series, the series that he started, has finally been cut.

The Indy Car Series will be without Vision Racing for the entire season, including the race in Indianapolis. The Indy Racing League founder met with his team Thursday morning and informed them that Vision Racing was suspending operations.

After losing sponsorship from John Menard a few months ago, George kept the doors open while he and Ed Carpenter searched for funding.

Formed in 2005 to provide Carpenter with a full-time ride, Vision branched out to two cars in 2006 with Tomas Scheckter and was a three-car operation in 2007 with A.J. Foyt IV. It was reduced to two cars in 2008—except for the Indianapolis 500, where Davey Hamilton participated, and at Edmonton, where Paul Tracy had a fourth-place finish.

Last season, it was back to a one-car team for Carpenter, who scored the team's best finish ever: a second-place finish at Kentucky after leading 34 laps and missing the win by just a few feet to Ryan Briscoe.

George was ousted as Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO in May 2009, and he declined to remain as Indy Car's CEO. Last week, he resigned his positions on the board of directors at IMS and Hulman & Co.


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