IRL: Kansas: Panther Racing qualifying report

Scheckter Starts in Second Row; Enge 12th KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Tomas Scheckter continues to put his Pennzoil Platinum Chevrolet up front in the IndyCar Series, and that trend will continue tomorrow as he qualified fourth for the Argent Mortgage...

Scheckter Starts in Second Row; Enge 12th

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Tomas Scheckter continues to put his Pennzoil Platinum Chevrolet up front in the IndyCar Series, and that trend will continue tomorrow as he qualified fourth for the Argent Mortgage 300 at Kansas Speedway. IndyCar Series rookie Tomas Enge, who is coming off his career-best finish of 7th at Richmond, will start in the 12th position.

Scheckter's top lap was 214.543 mph, 25.5054 seconds and Enge's best lap was recorded at 212.973 mph, 25.6934 seconds.

This will be Scheckter's fourth start from inside the Top Five, and the 24-year-old has already recorded two pole positions this season. He is coming off his two best finishes as a member of Panther Racing -- a victory at Texas in June and a 4th-place result last weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Tomas sat on the pole in Kansas during his first start at the 1.5-mile oval in 2002, and started on the front row in 2003.

He currently ranks 9th in the race for the IndyCar Series Championship.

Enge's first start at Kansas will come from 12th position, as a top five speed in the final practice didn't translate into the same qualification time. His teammate started in 19th at Richmond and finished 4th, so there is little concern on the RockStar team.

Enge has set the fastest race lap in the last two races at Texas and Richmond, and is tied for first in the Argent Mortgage Fastest Lap award, which rewards the driver with the most fastest race laps with a $25,000 prize at the end of the season.

Tomas Scheckter:

"I got every inch out of our Pennzoil Platinum car today. The guys really did a great job and I couldn't be happier with that. We knew coming into this race that our Chevy was going to be powerful, but that's how it's been for us all season long. In practice we didn't try too much qualification setup, my teammate really focused on that for both of us. With as solid as we've been lately, hopefully we'll be celebrating at the end of the day."

Tomas Enge:

"We had a better run in the second practice, and I know we could have done better in qualifications today. I'm happy with our racecar. It's always nice to be up front, but if not, we need to keep our heads down and work our way up with the leaders. I still don't know what happened out there, but we'll find out for tomorrow. But I'm still happy with how the car works in traffic and the Chevrolet feels very nice in race setup. Even though track position would be good I know we'll have a fast RockStar Chevy tomorrow."

-www.pantherracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge
Teams Panther Racing