Kentucky: Panther Racing qualifying report

Carpenter Captures Pole Position at Kentucky; Wheldon Starts 3rd Panther/Vision Combination Secures Teams First Pole Award Since 2005; Teammates Start in Front SPARTA, Kentucky - (September 3, 2010) -- The combination of Panther Racing and ...

Carpenter Captures Pole Position at Kentucky; Wheldon Starts 3rd
Panther/Vision Combination Secures Teams First Pole Award Since 2005; Teammates Start in Front

SPARTA, Kentucky - (September 3, 2010) -- The combination of Panther Racing and Vision Racing continues to pay divides for the IZOD IndyCar Series competitors, as Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka driver Ed Carpenter captured the first PEAK Pole Award for Panther Racing since Nashville Superspeedway in 2005. National Guard driver Dan Wheldon will start directly behind his teammate, in the third position, giving Panther its best start amongst teammates since Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge started 1-2 at Texas Motor Speedway in 2005.

For Carpenter, his two-lap average of 217.933 mph secured the IZOD IndyCar Series veteran's first career pole position. He will be starting tomorrow night's race coming off his career best performance at Kentucky's 1.5-mile oval last season, when he finished runner-up alongside Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe by just 0.0162 of a second.

It is Panther's eighth career pole position, and its second IZOD IndyCar Series pole at Kentucky Speedway. In 2003 Sam Hornish Jr. won race from the pole position at Kentucky, his last of 11 victories with the team.

Wheldon also captured his best starting position of the 2010 season, and the best start he's had a member of the National Guard Panther Racing team. The National Guard driver posted a two-lap average of 217.700 mph and the only driver separating the two Panther teammates is current IZOD IndyCar Series points leader, and Team Penske driver, Will Power.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

"It was obviously a great job by everybody at the National Guard Panther Racing team and we've been enjoying the good run we've had the last few races. The wind was gusting out there and I noticed it more in Turn Three during my qualifying run than I did this morning in the practice. This was just qualifying and we're going to continue to work very hard in the warm-up session for the race and it's such a great benefit to have Ed Carpenter with us this weekend in the Fuzzy's Vodka car. Ed's been a great addition and he's really helped the team, as you can see by our performance today. It's going to be a hectic race again and I'm excited for that. Hopefully we can go one position better than we did last race in the No. 4 car but that's not to underestimate the competition; it's extremely competitive out there and I'm just having a lot of fun right now."

Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka

"I knew when Dan made his qualifying run that we were going to have a shot. It's been great working with all the Fuzzy's Vodka guys and the Panther/Vision team. Working with Dan has been a lot of fun too and I'm just happy to be back out here with everybody. I love this track and this area. I won one of my national midget races in Louisville and won a lot of sprint car races in Salem, Indiana. The southern Indiana/Kentucky region seems to be good to me for some reason. The way I kind of look at it, I'm trying to keep my career going so every minute I'm in the car, I have to do the best that I can and get the most out of it. I'm just having a lot of fun right now; the Panther team is doing a great job in addition with the Vision Racing part of it. It's just a lot of fun."

-source: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske