HOMESTEAD, Fla. - (October 2, 2010) -- Panther Racing concluded the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season in the Cafe do Brasil Indy 300 Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway with drivers Dan Wheldon in ninth and Ed Carpenter in 13th position. The...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - (October 2, 2010) -- Panther Racing concluded the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season in the Cafe do Brasil Indy 300 Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway with drivers Dan Wheldon in ninth and Ed Carpenter in 13th position. The teammates had qualified fifth (Wheldon) and seventh (Carpenter) for the race and battled on-track while the IndyCar Series championship was eventually captured by Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti.
With the result, Wheldon concludes the season in the ninth position in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings, one spot better than where he finished with the team in 2009. He finished the 2010 season with a total of three podium fishes, five Top Five and 10 Top Ten finishes. The team's best finish of the season was second place, where they finished twice with Wheldon (Indianapolis, Chicagoland) and once with Carpenter (Kentucky).
Carpenter made a total of four starts this year in the Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka entry that was collaboration between Panther and Vision Racing. He earned the team's first pole position since 2005 with his PEAK Performance Pole award in Kentucky and earned one podium, one Top Five and one Top Ten result for the team this season. He ran inside the Top Five in three of his four starts with the team. The IZOD IndyCar Series veteran matched his career-best finish with his runner-up performance at Kentucky.
This race concludes the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series race season, and the team looks forward to announcing its plans for next year once those decisions have been finalized. Pleased stay tuned to www.pantherracing.com and the team's Facebook (www.facebook.com/pantherracing) and Twitter (@pantherracing) pages for updates and other activities the team will be participating in during the offseason.
Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda:
"It was a little bit of a difficult night for us and not the way we wanted to finish the season. The No. 4 National Guard car just seemed to go very, very loose as the night progressed. The entire team continued to work very hard it just wasn't for us tonight. I have to thank everybody on the team and the National Guard for their effort this year, it's been an honor to represent the Soldiers who protect this country at home and abroad. We had a strong run here towards the end of the season and I have to thank everybody at Panther for all the work they put in."
Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Dallara Honda
"I don't think that's the way any one of us wanted to end the season, on the National Guard No. 4 car or on the Fuzzy's Vodka No. 20 car. It's always hard coming out of a race like we had in Kentucky and not performing well. The bottom line is that we didn't do a good enough job carrying over from the good test we had on Monday. We managed ok in qualifying, but all in all we didn't improve enough and that is disappointing. Overall I'm very happy with the races that I did with the team. It was good working with everybody, with the mechanics and engineers. I had a lot of fun and hopefully we'll have good things to look forward to next year."