IRL: Fontana: Panther Racing Friday report

Tomas Scheckter: 214.170 mph, 33.6181 seconds "Our Pennzoil car was better in the morning than this afternoon. We've got some work to do to get the car to where it needs to be. Chevrolet has made some great improvements for this race, which is...

Tomas Scheckter: 214.170 mph, 33.6181 seconds

"Our Pennzoil car was better in the morning than this afternoon. We've got some work to do to get the car to where it needs to be. Chevrolet has made some great improvements for this race, which is going to be great for us. Now we'll just work on getting more mechanical grip, and we'll be fine."

Townsend Bell: 213.817 mph, 33.6736 seconds

"The day went fine. The Menards/Johns Manville car is good and we're excited about our Chevrolet engines this weekend. It's especially nice to be back in California, I'm going to have lots of friends and family here for the weekend, so Panther is going to put on a good show for everybody."

Panther Tracks: Townsend was Indy Lights Rookie of the Year in 2000, and the series champion in 2001 ... Panther Racing has been involved in six of the Top Ten closest finishes in IRL history -- winning five ... Since joining the league in 1998, Panther has 33 podium finishes, 43 Top Fives and 55 Top Tens .... The team's 2,457 laps led is second only to Team Menard .... Panther Racing won back-to-back IRL Championships in 2001 & 2002, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Championship in 2003, and is the league leader in victories for both series: IRL (14 wins) and IPS (7 wins) ... A total of nine drivers have started a race for Panther: Sam Hornish Jr. (44), Scott Goodyear (30), Tomas Scheckter (14), Townsend Bell (8), Mark Taylor (6), Dave Steele (2), Dan Wheldon (2), Billy Boat (1) and Robby McGehee (1).

-www.pantherracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Robby McGehee , Billy Boat , Scott Goodyear , Townsend Bell , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing