Panther Racing Top Chevy Qualifiers Indianapolis, Ind. -- Panther Racing will enter the 88th Indianapolis 500 with the top two Chevrolet qualifiers, as both Tomas Scheckter and Mark Taylor earned a spot in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Panther Racing Top Chevy Qualifiers
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Panther Racing will enter the 88th Indianapolis 500 with the top two Chevrolet qualifiers, as both Tomas Scheckter and Mark Taylor earned a spot in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Scheckter will lead Panther's charge from the inside of Row Four, and rookie Mark Taylor will start in the middle of the Fifth Row. Scheckter finished with a four lap average of 220.417 mph and Taylor ran four of the most consistent laps of the day, finishing with an average speed of 219.282 mph.
"We're really happy with our qualification run," Scheckter said. "I felt there is a little bit more I could have got out of the car, but our Chevy is going to be great on raceday. It's a long month and the Pennzoil Panther guys have just been working so hard. I've led a lot of laps here, but I really just want to lead the last one for these guys."
Scheckter was Bank One Co-Rookie of the Year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2003, when he led 85 laps. In his second start at the Speedway, Scheckter led 63 laps and finished fourth. Scheckter is the active Indy Racing League leader, with 148 laps led. This will be his third start in the Indianapolis 500.
"I've been preparing for this race for a over a year now, and to qualify well is a great thrill," Taylor said. "No matter where you come from, participating in the Indianapolis 500 is a huge honor for a racecar driver. It's a big challenge, but I'm in great hands with Panther Racing and the Menards/Johns Manville team. I can't say enough about out Chevrolet engine, the only thing holding us back was a little too much downforce, but you can never be too careful as a rookie here."
Taylor started second in the inaugural Freedom 100 last year at IMS, and finished third. He was the Menards Pro Series Champion in 2003, winning eight of the 11 races in which he competed.
The 88th Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, May 30th, and Marsh Second Day qualifications will be held tomorrow at the Speedway.