IRL: Indy 500: Panther Racing Fast Friday report

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Tomas Scheckter showed what his ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Tomas Scheckter showed what his #4 Pennzoil Platinum Chevrolet was capable of during Fast Friday practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The IndyCar Series veteran -- who has led a total of 148 laps at Indy in just three starts -- posted the quickest time of the rain-shortened practice day with a lap of 227.804 mph, 39.5076 seconds.

Scheckter won the pole at the season-opening race at Homestead, and proved Friday that Chevrolet will be a favorite to start from the point again this month in the Indianapolis 500. Tomas led 47 laps during the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 two weeks ago, and was in prime position for the victory when his car ran out of fuel with just two laps remaining.

Panther Racing's Chevrolets have led laps in three of the four IndyCar Series races this season.

Tomas Enge continued to make steady improvements to his speed Friday, and posted a best lap of 224.509 mph, 40.0875 seconds. That is Enge's best lap of the week, and his RockStar team was ready to improve upon that speed Friday, until the rain hit this afternoon while the RockStar #2 was sitting in pit lane preparing to make its run.

Byrd Brothers/Panther Racing driver Buddy Lazier did not turn any laps on Friday, but the team remains positive about his chances for the pole tomorrow. Lazier has been running similar speeds as Scheckter during the week, and the former Indianapolis 500 winner is confident he will be as quick -- or faster even -- than his teammate during Pole Day qualifications.

Tomas Scheckter - #4 Pennzoil Panther Racing

Scheckter Quote

"When I looked at my dash after that first lap, I thought it was broken. But, for sure, we're pretty happy. We've got a great engine and car. Chevy did a great job with this engine. The Pennzoil Platinum guys did a great job setting up the car. The carbon guys did a great job with our bits and pieces for qualifying. This was a whole team effort, and hopefully we've peaked at just the right time. We're really looking forward to tomorrow, obviously, and we still have a little bit left in the car, so we'll see. I'm just proud to be with Chevrolet, they're a great American company and the people there work so hard. We've done well this season, and this is the race to help convince Chevy to stick around the IndyCar Series for another year. There are a lot of people that could win the pole tomorrow, but that's part of what makes Indianapolis so special. I know we'll be right there."

Tomas Enge - #2 RockStar Panther Racing

Enge Quote:

"Obviously we made lots of improvements today, and our Chevy is very strong. We got cut short today because of the rain, but we did have one short run. We are prepared for qualifications tomorrow and we are lucky that we have three cars in the race because we can lean on each other in times like this when we need to."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge , Buddy Lazier
Teams Panther Racing