Indianapolis Motor Speedway
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY - SH RACING’S TOMAS SCHECKTER QUALIFIES 22ND FOR THE 2011 INDIANAPOLIS 500
SPEEDWAY, IN – KV Racing Technology - SH Racing driver Tomas Scheckter will start 22nd in the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
Scheckter, 30, driving the No. 07 Team REDLINE Xtreme machine, had a nervous wait today for final confirmation that he had qualified for his 10th Indianapolis 500. Yesterday, during Pole Day, Scheckter provisionally qualified 22nd, the inside of row eight, with a four lap average of 224.433 mph putting him in slight danger of being “bumped” today. However, rain disrupted qualifying attempts and drivers that filled the last nine spots had less speed, putting them closer to the bubble.
"I am definitely very happy about today”, said Scheckter. “We got a little bit worried as it’s always nerve racking on Bump Day. The KV Racing Technology - SH Racing team did an unbelievable job. We struggled at times during the week where we really didn't know where the speed went, but we continued to work and found some problems with the car and improved it. I just really have to thank the whole team again for allowing me to qualify the Team REDLINE Xtreme car on the first day. Now it’s time to concentrate on race setup and make sure we can have a car at the front next Sunday."
“Both T-Scheck and the KVRT-SH crew gelled together perfectly to defend Team Redline Xtreme's position on Pole day and I'm very pleased,” said SH Racing principal James "Sulli" Sullivan. “We will be carrying the Redline Xtreme Energy, Circle K and Lone Star Distribution banners with pride on race day, and we're excited about what the future holds”, added Sulli.
Scheckter, has now qualified for his 10th Indy 500 and will compete in an IZOD IndyCar Series race for the 10th consecutive season. His best qualifying position is 10th (2002, 2004 and 2007) and best finish is fourth in 2003 (finished seventh in 2007). In his inaugural Indy 500, in 2002, Scheckter led 85 laps and was leading the race as late as lap 173 of the 200 lap contest when an incident in Turn 4 knocked him out of the race. Never-the-less he was named the Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year. He has led the Indy 500 on three separate occasions totaling 153 laps.
Final practice for the Indianapolis 500 will be Friday, May 27 (Carb Day) from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 29.
-source: kvrt-sh racing