Panther Racing Leaves Indy With 18th, 30th Place Finishes INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The month of May didn't end in celebratory fashion for Panther Racing today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a solid month of practice and a pair of ...
Panther Racing Leaves Indy With 18th, 30th Place Finishes
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The month of May didn't end in celebratory fashion for Panther Racing today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a solid month of practice and a pair of impressive qualification runs, neither Panther Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter or Mark Taylor finished the race how they had planned. Scheckter finished the 88th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in the 18th position, and Taylor landed in 30th after an accident on Lap 63.
"The Pennzoil Panther car got loose on me during the late stages of the race," Scheckter said. "The car felt great during a good part of the day, but then it really started to get away from us. Say what you want about the other engines out there, but our Chevrolet was great. I was making passes on the high side against some of the fastest cars on the track. It was a disappointing finish, but you can't say enough about how hard the Panther guys worked this month."
Scheckter ran inside the Top Ten during the race, and completed one of the most impressive moves of the day. While running in 15th late in the race, he exited Turn Three hounding a cluster of cars. The Pennzoil Panther machine took the high side in a group of cars running four-wide, and before Scheckter hit the front-stretch he passed five cars. The move jumped Tomas from 15th up to 10th place.
Taylor was involved in an accident with fellow rookie Ed Carpenter as both cars entered Turn Three. Taylor suffered some minor dizziness and a bruised left knee after making contact with the outside retaining wall. Taylor was transported to Methodist Hospital for precautionary testing and was released.
"This was obviously not how I wanted to finish my first Indianapolis 500," Taylor said. "I'm not sure what happened down there, one of the Cheever cars got into the side of me. It's extremely disappointing because we were starting to move up the field and the Menards/Johns Manville car felt great out there. I've been blown away by the experience I've had here at the Speedway, and I feel this team is going to make some noise the rest of the season."