IRL: Richmond: Panther Racing Friday report

Enge Will Lead the Panther Pack from 8th, Scheckter Starts 19th RICHMOND, Virginia. -- IndyCar Series rookie Tomas Enge will lead Panther Racing to the green flag tomorrow from 8th-place at Richmond International Raceway, with teammate Tomas ...

Enge Will Lead the Panther Pack from 8th, Scheckter Starts 19th

RICHMOND, Virginia. -- IndyCar Series rookie Tomas Enge will lead Panther Racing to the green flag tomorrow from 8th-place at Richmond International Raceway, with teammate Tomas Scheckter starting in 19th. The SunTrust Indy Challenge starts tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Enge has been a Top Ten qualifier in every race he's started this season, with his best start of 2nd coming two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway. Enge posted a quick lap of 172.771 mph, 15.6276 seconds.

Scheckter is coming of a victory in Texas, where he dominated -- leading 119 of the 200 laps in the race. The win was his second in the IndyCar Series and his first since his rookie season in 2002. Scheckter has also collected two poles this year. His quick lap today was 168.268 mph, 16.0458 seconds.

Tomas Scheckter:

"I'm a bit disappointed in my run. We did a warm-up lap at 15.5 seconds, which would have put us solid in the top 10, maybe top 5. Unfortunately, when I took the green, the car just had a massive amount of over-steer in it. We've got our work cut out for us on Saturday night. Luckily, our Pennzoil Chevy has been working well in traffic. It's tough here, but it's still possible to pass, and we'll be sure to work our way to the front."

Tomas Enge:

"Our main goal is to finish the race tomorrow and get a decent result. I haven't had a lot of time on this track, and it is pretty difficult overall. It's too bad we only have one day to practice here, but the RockStar Chevrolet is very strong. In my qualification run I was probably a bit too careful, but this is still the best we've been today. Right now I'm more concerned with getting into the groove. I enjoy this track, the driver has to work and it's not all about horsepower."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge
Teams Panther Racing