IRL: Indy 500: Panther Racing files first entries

PANTHER RACING FILES FIRST ENTRIES FOR 89th INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 -- Panther Racing filed three entries Feb. 28 for the 2005 Indianapolis 500, becoming the first team to officially enter the 89th running of the ...

PANTHER RACING FILES FIRST ENTRIES FOR 89th INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 -- Panther Racing filed three entries Feb. 28 for the 2005 Indianapolis 500, becoming the first team to officially enter the 89th running of the world's greatest auto race.

2002 Indianapolis Bank One co-Rookie of the Year Tomas Scheckter and rookie Tomas Enge were named as drivers on two of the entries, with a driver to be named later on the third entry.

The 89th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entries must be postmarked by midnight Wednesday, April 6.

Enge, from Liberec, Czech Republic, will drive the No. 2 Rockstar Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone as he attempts to make his first Indianapolis 500 start. Steve Namisnak is the chief mechanic, and a backup car has been entered.

Scheckter, from Cape Town, South Africa, will drive the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone as he attempts to make his fourth career Indianapolis 500 start. Eric Haverson is the chief mechanic, and a backup car has been entered.

Scheckter's best finish at Indianapolis is fourth in 2003, with a best start of 10th last year and as a rookie in 2002. He was named Bank One co-Rookie of the Year along with Alex Barron in 2002 after leading 85 of the first 172 laps for Red Bull Cheever Racing, crashing out of the race while leading on Lap 173.

Two-time IndyCar® Series champion Panther Racing also entered the No. 95 Panther Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with a driver and chief mechanic to be named later.

Buddy Lindblom is the team manager for all three Panther entries.

Indy 500 tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 89th Indianapolis 500, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge , Buddy Lazier , Alex Barron
Teams Panther Racing