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Panther Duo Looks to Tackle Last Race in California Scheckter, Enge Attempt to Conclude 2005 with Victory FONTANA, Calif. -- Panther Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge will attempt to record Panther's third victory at ...

Panther Duo Looks to Tackle Last Race in California
Scheckter, Enge Attempt to Conclude 2005 with Victory

FONTANA, Calif. -- Panther Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge will attempt to record Panther's third victory at California Speedway Sunday in the Toyota Indy 400. The team won back-to-back races at the two-mile superspeedway in 2002 and 2003. This weekend also marks the final IndyCar Series race for Chevrolet and General Motors, which have been partners with Panther since the team's inception in 1997.

The current Panther teammates had an unwelcome 'meeting' last season during the Fontana event. Enge, then driving the No. 20 Chevrolet for Patrick Racing, lost control of his machine in the middle of Turn Four late in the race. As Enge slid sideways, Scheckter's No. 4 Pennzoil Chevy T-boned Enge's car directly in the sidepod. The teammates are obviously looking for a better outcome on Sunday.

Scheckter finished 15th at California, after starting in the 12th position.

The race will be broadcast live Sunday on ESPN, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Tomas Enge:

"It is incredible how quickly the time has been running since the start of the year and suddenly we have the last race of the season. I did my first race of the season at Fontana last year, and usually I need a bit more time to get up to speed on these quick racetracks. California is one of the quickest, but we have always been on the pace and the good thing is it's easy to overtake compared to the small tracks. Chevy has given us great support through the whole year and I'm sure it will be the same in our last race. I'm going to do my best to get a good result for them and the rest of the RockStar crew.

Tomas Scheckter:

"The entire Panther team is really focused on winning this weekend and ending the season on a good note. We all remember Texas and how great it felt to win, so we want to do that one more time before the end of the year. I know we'll have a good Pennzoil racecar, and Chevy has been determined to go out on a winning note, and now that's up to us this weekend at Fontana. You never know what the future holds so I know that everybody on our team is going to give it everything they've got this weekend."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge
Teams Panther Racing