IRL: Milwaukee: Panther Racing Saturday report

Scheckter & Lazier Help Fill Milwaukee Top Five MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Panther teammates Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Lazier will help fill the Top Five for ' ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. Scheckter, who was third fastest in ...

Scheckter & Lazier Help Fill Milwaukee Top Five

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Panther teammates Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Lazier will help fill the Top Five for ' ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. Scheckter, who was third fastest in the morning practice session, will start 3rd and Lazier will be just behind his teammate in 5th position. This is the third time this season that Panther has put two of its Chevrolets inside the Top Five.

Scheckter suffered a mechanical problem last week in the Nashville race, but had been on a streak of three consecutive Top Five finishes. He has already won three pole awards this season, and will be looking for his second victory of the year in the race. His qualification time was 169.000 mph, 21.6213 seconds.

Lazier will make his second consecutive Top Five start tomorrow, after starting 3rd at Nashville last weekend. His best qualification lap of 168.514 mph, 21.6836 seconds was just a tick off the time of fourth-place qualifier Dan Wheldon. Lazier already posted Panther's best ever finish in the Indianapolis 500 this year, with a 5th-place result in May. He is tied for second in the IndyCar Series' all-time victory list with eight wins.

The green flag for tomorrow's 225-lap event will drop at 2:45 (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Additional coverage is available through the IMS Radio Network, and check the IndyCar.com website for details of the live web cast, or tune into XM Satellite Radio Channel 152.

Tomas Scheckter:

"I screwed myself on that run. I didn't realize that I had another lap to go and just backed off. We had such a great car; the Pennzoil guys and Chevrolet did everything they were supposed to do. I just threw it away. I'm very upset with myself at the moment. But, at least we're still starting very close to the front and I'll be able to make up for it early in the race. A lot can happen tomorrow and the good cars always find their way to the front."

Buddy Lazier:

"We had a pole car today, and that's all I can ask out of my team. The conditions changed a lot from this morning and we picked up a major push in our qualifications. This is the first short oval I've been on in a long time, so I'm not totally up to speed on the tendencies of the track. Our RockStar racecar is just awesome in race setup, and Panther always get it right for the race. We've also got everything we need out of Chevrolet and it will really show tomorrow."

Panther Tracks: Pennzoil Panther Race Engineer David Cripps has engineered three drivers to Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year awards: Lyn St. James (1992), Christian Fittipaldi (1995), Tora Takagi (2003), and Cripps now works with the 2002 co-Rookie of the Year Tomas Scheckter ..... Tomas Scheckter was named Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year in 2002, and scored his first IndyCar Series victory in the same year at Michigan International Raceway ... Panther has a total of 15 IndyCar Series victories .... Panther Racing won back-to-back IRL Championships in 2001 & 2002 and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Championship in 2003 ... A total of eleven drivers have started a race for Panther: Sam Hornish Jr. (44), Scott Goodyear (30), Tomas Scheckter (25), Townsend Bell (10), Tomas Enge (8), Mark Taylor (6), Buddy Lazier (2), Dave Steele (2), Dan Wheldon (2), Billy Boat (1) and Robby McGehee (1).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Tomas Enge , Robby McGehee , Buddy Lazier , Billy Boat , Scott Goodyear , Christian Fittipaldi , Tora Takagi , Townsend Bell , Dan Wheldon , Lyn St. James , Dave Steele , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing