IRL: Barnes, Lingner and Boles Get Behind The Wheel

Pennzoil Panther Co-Owners Barnes, Lingner and Boles to Get Behind the Wheel Goodyear, Steele and Others at Panther to be Busy Also Indianapolis -- This weekend is a busy weekend for Pennzoil Panther Racing. The Pennzoil Panther "Pack" is busy...

Pennzoil Panther Co-Owners Barnes, Lingner and Boles to Get Behind the Wheel Goodyear, Steele and Others at Panther to be Busy Also

Indianapolis -- This weekend is a busy weekend for Pennzoil Panther Racing. The Pennzoil Panther "Pack" is busy preparing two cars for Scott Goodyear and one for Dave Steele for the upcoming Las Vegas 500K. But this Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will find Panther co-owners John Barnes, Terry Lingner and Doug Boles all behind the wheel of a racecar.

Barnes, who saw limited midget and sprint car experience as a teenager, has been testing a legend car normally driven by Panther co-owner Gary Pedigo. Barnes has tested twice at the 1/5th mile Indianapolis Speedrome. Legend Cars are 5/8th scale replicas of 1930s and 1940s coupes. 130hp, 1200cc motorcycle engines power the cars. Barnes plans to make his legend-racing debut this weekend at the Speedrome.

"I have been having fun testing the car at the Speedrome," Barnes said. "Gary (Pedigo) has been giving me some advice and we've made a few modifications to the car to better suit my driving style. Dave (Steele) and A.J. (Davis) have come out both times and helped me pick up my pace a bit and I think we are ready to compete."

Lingner and Boles on the other hand will be taking a totally different approach to feeding their racing hunger. Both will be competing on the 15 turn, 2.5 mile Indianapolis Raceway Park roadcourse in the Third Annual Children's Museum Grand Prix.

Lingner, a three-time veteran of the 24 Hours of Daytona and many other sports car events, will be driving several cars for Chicago businessman Joe Hish.

"My personal racing goal, other than starting the Indianapolis 500, is to run the 24 Hours of LeMans at some point in my career," Lingner said. "I enjoy road racing and the vintage series is a great opportunity to run fast and have fun at the same time."

Boles, an SCCA regular, will be campaigning a 1970 Caldwell Formula Ford owned by Indianapolis businessman Joe Sexton. Boles has competed for Sexton at Homestead and Sebring already this year and has also competed in several SCCA events both on the IRP roadcourse and the .686 mile IRP oval.

"I cut my racing teeth at IRP. I could drive the place in my sleep," Boles said. "Mr. Sexton has given me a fantastic opportunity to compete in some beautiful racecars over the last few years and I am really looking forward to this weekend."

In addition to Lingner and Boles, Pennzoil Panther Racing will also be represented this weekend by Scott Goodyear, Dave Steele, team engineer Damon Chandler and team mechanic A.J. Davis.

Goodyear is expected to drive several sessions this weekend in different racecars.

"As you would imagine, I am a car nut. I have had several offers to drive some of the vintage racecars and I will try my hand at a few this weekend," said Goodyear, who took his original Indycar rookie test at IRP about 10 years ago.

Steele is expected to participate in a celebrity formula ford race scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday. This will be Steele's first experience on a road course.

"I am going to go out on Friday and get some practice laps to prepare for Saturday," Steele said. "I'm going to have to get used to turning right!"

On Saturday, Chandler will be teaching a class about racecars and engineering to the many children attending the event. His teaching will include the use of the Pennzoil Panther G Force showcar. Chandler is also expected to participate in the celebrity formula ford event.

Davis might also strap into a ford for the celebrity race. The NAMARS midget series regular will also be running his midget in Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Joe Hish , Scott Goodyear , Dave Steele , John Barnes
Teams Panther Racing