Panther Trio Sets Sites on Kentucky Speedway Lazier in Search of Third Victory at 1.5-mile oval SPARTA, Ken. -- Panther Racing returns to Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 with its full three-driver lineup.
Panther Trio Sets Sites on Kentucky Speedway
Lazier in Search of Third Victory at 1.5-mile oval
SPARTA, Ken. -- Panther Racing returns to Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 with its full three-driver lineup. Buddy Lazier, driver of the No. 95 Pennzoil Chevrolet, has been victorious at two of his four starts at the 1.5-mile oval. Tomas Scheckter will be making his fourth start at Kentucky while RockStar Panther pilot Tomas Enge -- returning from a back injury -- will be making his first start at the track.
Lazier went two-for-two in the IndyCar Series' first two events at Kentucky, when he recorded victories in both 2000 and 2001. Buddy has led 135 laps at the track and also recorded a third-place result in 2002. This weekend will mark his first start at Kentucky since 2003.
Scheckter started 13th here last season, and led nine laps before the clutch slipped on his No. Pennzoil Chevy during a pit stop, ripping out the fuel hose. Tomas finished 22nd in the event. His best result at Kentucky Speedway came in 2003 when he finished 10th. Scheckter currently ranks eighth in the 2005 IndyCar Series points race.
This will be Enge's first start since he suffered a back injury at Nashville Superspeedway in July. He has missed the last two races and was cleared to compete on Tuesday by the Indy Racing League Medical Staff.
The AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 will be held this Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. The live television broadcast will start at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC, and additional coverage will be provided by the IMS Radio Network, check IndyCar.com for a list of network affiliates.
"For sure, Kentucky is another track where my team does really well. Our car last year was awesome, and that was another race in 2004 that I thought we were going to win. Too bad for us we had a problem in the pits and finished last. Luckily, nobody was injured, but it was very upsetting that we didn't get the result. But the entire Pennzoil team has just been clicking the last few races and we know that Chevrolet give us a chance to win the pole every weekend."
"I love every track where I race, but I've always managed to do really well at Kentucky. I've won a couple times here and finished third once in a racecar that wasn't perfect. This track just makes sense to me. And the thing is, I know my engineers are going to give me a great racecar. Every time I go out in my Pennzoil Chevy I know it's going to be a good package. We've got a great chance to win the race this weekend."
"I need to take it steady this weekend because I've been out of the racecar for three weeks now. And also because I've never been here to this track before. I'm going to build up my pace over the weekend and I know that we'll have a great RockStar car and Chevy engine like we've had all year. I just need to have an easy race and make sure we see the checkered flag. I'm pretty sure that we'll have a car that can finish high and that's what we need right now."
Panther Tracks: Pennzoil Panther Race Engineer David Cripps has engineered three drivers to Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year awards: Lyn St. James (1992), Christian Fittipaldi (1995), Tora Takagi (2003), and Cripps now works with the 2002 co-Rookie of the Year Tomas Scheckter ..... Tomas Scheckter was named Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year in 2002, and scored his first IndyCar Series victory in the same year at Michigan International Raceway ... Panther has a total of 15 IndyCar Series victories .... Panther Racing won back-to-back IRL Championships in 2001 & 2002 and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Championship in 2003 ... A total of eleven drivers have started a race for Panther: Sam Hornish Jr. (44), Scott Goodyear (30), Tomas Scheckter (27), Townsend Bell (11), Tomas Enge (8), Mark Taylor (6), Buddy Lazier (4), Dave Steele (2), Dan Wheldon (2), Billy Boat (1) and Robby McGehee (1).