Scheckter Will Start From Front Row at California
Tomas Enge Starts 11th Tomorrow
FONTANA, Calif. -- Pennzoil Panther driver Tomas Scheckter will make his final start of the 2005 season from the front row tomorrow in the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. Scheckter, with one of the fastest cars on the track all day, will start second in the final event of the IndyCar Series season. RockStar Panther driver Tomas Enge will start 11th tomorrow.
Scheckter will make his fifth start from the front row, after having already won a team-record three poles this year. His top lap was 218.902 mph, 32.8915 seconds. Scheckter finished 15th here last season after starting in the 12th-position. Panther Racing has won twice at California, in 2002 and 2003.
Enge ran a quick lap of 217.143 mph, 33.1578 seconds, and will be competing at only the second track where he raced in the IndyCar Series last season. He has solidified his spot in second place in the Rookie of the Year, behind award winner Danica Patrick. Enge missed three events this season, which effectively ruined his chance at the rookie title.
The Toyota Indy 400 will be broadcast live on ESPN, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT), with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network.
"Good run for the Pennzoil guys. I tried another gear in one and two on that second lap, but it was a bit short and we hit the limiter. Still, the first lap was solid. It's all we had really. This race is really important for our team, for Chevrolet, and everyone else involved. I'm almost in tears here knowing that Chevrolet is leaving because of how much they've given us this year. Unfortunately, at the moment, we're missing our leader, John Barnes. I just hope that he gets better and hopefully we'll all be in the same position next year."
"Our qualification run was not perfect, but I'm happy because that's the way it goes. I think we got what we could out of the RockStar Chevy. This is so much better for me than last year when I was at California. In practice today I wanted to find a rhythm running in traffic so I could be strong tomorrow. A lot of things can happen, but I'm hoping that tomorrow will be a lucky day for us."