IRL: Tomas Enge cleared for Kentucky race

Tomas Enge Cleared to Return at Kentucky Speedway IndyCar Series Rookie Recovered from Nashville Injuries INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - RockStar Panther driver Tomas Enge was cleared to compete in the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 this weekend at ...

Tomas Enge Cleared to Return at Kentucky Speedway
IndyCar Series Rookie Recovered from Nashville Injuries

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - RockStar Panther driver Tomas Enge was cleared to compete in the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 this weekend at Kentucky Speedway by the Indy Racing League medical staff. Enge, who suffered fractures to his T-12 and L-1 vertebra during an accident at Nashville Superspeedway on July 16th, will make his return to the No. 2 RockStar Chevrolet after missing the last two IndyCar Series events.

"Well, obviously this is a big relief for me," Enge said. "I have been dying to get back into my RockStar Chevy for three weeks now. My crew guys have worked so hard this year and it's time we get them a great result. The IRL medical staff is clearly one of the best in all of motorsports and they've taken good care of me this season. But, quite honestly, I hope I don't have to see those guys again for a long time."

Enge, in his first season with the team, has been especially impressive in qualifications, highlighted by a third-place start in Homestead and a front row qualification effort at Texas Motor Speedway in June. He finished seventh at Richmond despite a controversial black flag for blocking and 11th the following weekend at Kansas Speedway. Both of those results were career-bests for the IndyCar Series rookie.

"It's great to have Tomas Enge back in the RockStar car," Panther co-owner John Barnes said. "All of us know this guy is on the verge of great things and we're looking forward to having him back in the saddle. He is hands-down one of the most talented and versatile drivers in the field. Both Buddy (Lazier) and Townsend (Bell) did a good job filling in the last few weeks, but we know Tomas is capable of running up front and winning races. We're thrilled to have him back."

Enge is currently tied with Dario Franchitti for the Argent Mortgage Fastest Lap award, which will be presented to the driver who sets the most fastest race laps this year. Enge had the quickest lap in consecutive races this season at Texas and Richmond. Fellow Panther drivers Tomas Scheckter (Milwaukee) and Townsend Bell (Michigan) are also in the running for the award.

The AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 will be held this Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. The live television broadcast will start at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC, and additional coverage will be provided by the IMS Radio Network, check IndyCar.com for a list of network affiliates.

-www.pantherracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge , Dario Franchitti , Townsend Bell , John Barnes