IRL: Pikes Peak: Panther Racing Saturday report

Panther Racing Takes Fourth Row at Pikes Peak Panther Teammates to Start Side-by-Side in Tomorrow's Race FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- Panther Racing teammates Tomas Enge and Tomas Scheckter will account for the fourth row at Pikes Peak...

Panther Racing Takes Fourth Row at Pikes Peak
Panther Teammates to Start Side-by-Side in Tomorrow's Race

FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- Panther Racing teammates Tomas Enge and Tomas Scheckter will account for the fourth row at Pikes Peak International Raceway tomorrow in the Honda Indy 225. Enge, who will be making his second start after recovering from a back injury, will start seventh in the 22-car field. Scheckter with be just outside his teammate in the eighth position.

Enge's lap of 174.315 mph, 20.6521 seconds landed him with his best starting spot since June 11th at Texas Motor Speedway, when he qualified in second place. That was also the last time he started alongside Scheckter. Tomas finished 11th last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, which was his first start after returning from injury. He will be starting at PPIR for the first time in his IndyCar Series career.

Scheckter ran a quick lap of 173.937 mph, 20.6972 seconds in his second qualification lap. He will start eighth. The IndyCar Series veteran has already recorded three pole positions this season, which is a team record. Five of Scheckter's last seven starts have been Top Five finishes, including a victory at Texas and two other podium finishes. He was running third last weekend at Kentucky until a mechanical failure ended his afternoon in 21st-position.

Both drivers ran their best speeds of the day during their qualification run.

The race will be broadcast live on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network.

Tomas Scheckter: "Yeah, for sure, we're happy with our run. I did everything I could with our Pennzoil Chevy. We ran out of gears a bit, and I even ran the shortest line possible. We knew a bit before we ran that we would be a little short on gears based on what our teammate ran, but still, it's a good run for us and puts us solidly in the top 10. There are lots of cars going very quickly this weekend so we're right up there. (About the sudden changes in weather) The weather today was unbelievable. If you've ever seen the movie Day After Tomorrow, that's what the weather around here seems like."

Tomas Enge: "It was a good run. We have been steadily improving each time we've gone out today. It's been a step-by-step approach for us all day. We knew we would get there but this is not an easy track, especially for me since it's my first time here. The wind has picked up a lot, but it's the same for everybody out there. I do like the short ovals. We ran into the limiter a little and that cost us some speed. I am confident that we will run well tomorrow in the RockStar Chevy and finish strong in the front."

Panther Tracks: Panther driver Buddy Lazier won at PPIR in 2001 after starting fifth ... Mark Taylor finished 5th at PPIR in 2003 in the Infiniti Pro Series .... 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 (28), Townsend Bell (11), Tomas Enge (9), Mark Taylor (6), Buddy Lazier (5), 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 , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing