IRL: Watkins Glen: Panther Racing qualifying report

Tomas Scheckter Qualifies Tenth at Watkins Glen Teammate Enge Just Two Spots Behind in 12th WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.. -- Pennzoil Panther driver Tomas Scheckter will start the final road course event of 2005 from the tenth position, after making...

Tomas Scheckter Qualifies Tenth at Watkins Glen

Teammate Enge Just Two Spots Behind in 12th

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.. -- Pennzoil Panther driver Tomas Scheckter will start the final road course event of 2005 from the tenth position, after making his qualification run at Watkins Glen International Raceway Saturday. RockStar Panther driver Tomas Enge will start just behind his teammate in the 12th position.

Scheckter ran a quick lap of 130.381 mph, 1:33.05 seconds, giving the 25-year-old yet another Top Ten start this season. Tomas has already captured three pole positions, which is a Panther team record.

For Scheckter, the weekend is noteworthy because he will be competing at a track where his father Jody (F5000) and cousin Jaki (Barber Dodge) have won a race. While Tomas has raced all over Europe on tracks where his father competed, this is the first such track in the United States. Scheckter hasn't allowed himself to get caught up in the family history this weekend, however, and is more concerned with making history himself.

Scheckter has six Top Five finishes so far this season, and is coming off a fourth-place result at Chicagoland Speedway, and event where he started third and led 38 laps.

Enge attempted to make the "Firestone Fast Six" for the third time this season, but was unable to join the six quickest qualifiers. The IndyCar Series rookie missed the open test at Watkins Glen because he was racing in Le Mans, and then missed yesterday's last practice session with a gear shifter problem. His laps in the morning session were limited today, which made his qualification run that much more impressive.

His best lap was 129.909 mph, 1:33.388 seconds, landing him in the 12th position. Enge has led laps in both road course events this season, including 13 laps led at Infineon Raceway just under one month ago.

The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix will be held this Sunday, Sept. 25th. and broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) , with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network.

Tomas Scheckter:

"The Pennzoil Chevy was quite good -- I just didn't get enough out of it. These road courses are a bit frustrating. We know there's still a bit more in the car left. We'll just have to have a look and see what we can find. We'll make a few changes still to try and go quicker. There's a couple of things we can do I'm sure for more traction. The problem is, we're still not experienced enough yet to know exactly what changes we have to make to go faster where as it seems everyone else knows exactly what to change. We'll just get together with the crew and try to find something for the race."

Tomas Enge:

"It was difficult for us today because we missed the test here and then missed the dry practice on yesterday. We struggled a bit this morning, but made some big improvements from that time to our qualification run. The biggest thing for me was missing the test and the practice session, we just couldn't get enough laps this morning. This is a beautiful track and it's nice to drive and easily one of the best tracks I've ever driven."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge
Teams Panther Racing