Watkins Glen: Panther Racing qualifying report

Component Failure During Qualifications Leaves Panther in 20th at Watkins National Guard Panther Team Discovers Mechanical Issue Immediately Following Qualifications WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - (July 3, 2010) -- Dan Wheldon and the National Guard...

Component Failure During Qualifications Leaves Panther in 20th at Watkins
National Guard Panther Team Discovers Mechanical Issue Immediately Following Qualifications

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - (July 3, 2010) -- Dan Wheldon and the National Guard Panther Racing team experienced a component failure in the steering system during qualifications Saturday for the Camping World GP at the Glen, which left the team in the 20th-position for tomorrow's event. After posting the fourth-quickest time in Friday's practice session, the failure caused the No. 4 to scrub speed during the first qualification round.

Because of the failure, Wheldon finished 10th in the first round of qualifications with a top lap speed of 132.447 mph, 1:31.5988 seconds. He will start in the tenth row alongside Alex Tagliani for tomorrow's 60-lap event.

Team Penske driver Will Power captured the pole position and will be joined on the front row by teammate Helio Castroneves.

Panther will be celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday in its camouflage, black and orange No. 4 Dallara Honda along with roughly 100 Soldiers from the New York National Guard.

Wheldon started 11th here last season in the National Guard car and finished in the 10th position. His best finish at Watkins Glen is a fifth-place result in 2005 which, at the time, clinched him the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. Panther finished second in its second start at The Glen in 2006 with Vitor Meira, and collected another Top Ten result with Kosuke Matsuura (eighth) in 2007.

The Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen will be broadcast live tomorrow on ABC, with additional coverage provided by www.indycar.com, the IMS Radio Network and XM Channel 145 and Sirius channel 211.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

"We've been quick and competitive all weekend in the National Guard Panther Racing car, and we could tell something wasn't quite right during our qualification run. Once the Panther boys got back to the garage they found a problem in the steering that was causing the car to scrub and obviously run slower. It's the precision and dedication on their part that helped discover the problem so quickly, and now we can focus on moving up and having a great race tomorrow."

-source: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Alex Tagliani , Dan Wheldon , Kosuke Matsuura , Will Power , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske