IRL: Kentucky: Panther Racing Saturday report

Scheckter Qualifies as Top Chevy FORT MITCHELL, Ken. -- Tomas Scheckter will start the Belterra Casino Indy 300 as the top Chevrolet on Sunday, after posting a lap speed of 213.091 mph, 25.0034 seconds. He will start from the 13th position. This...

Scheckter Qualifies as Top Chevy

FORT MITCHELL, Ken. -- Tomas Scheckter will start the Belterra Casino Indy 300 as the top Chevrolet on Sunday, after posting a lap speed of 213.091 mph, 25.0034 seconds. He will start from the 13th position. This will be Scheckter's third run at the 1.5-mile oval, and his best finish at Kentucky Speedway came last season, when he completed the race in 10th. In 2002, Tomas qualified in 17th and finished 22nd.

Townsend Bell did not make a qualifying attempt, as the Panther team decided to change engines in preparation for the race tomorrow. Bell has finished the last three races as the top Chevrolet, and is preparing for his fifth start in the Indy Racing League. In his four starts this season, he has finished in the Top Ten three times. The IRL rookie did participate in both practice sessions today, posting a top speed of 211.377 mph, 25.2062 seconds. He will start 22nd.

In four starts at Kentucky Speedway, Panther Racing has never left the track without a podium finish. The team's success includes two pole positions and a total of 258 laps led - a victory, two second place finishes and a third.

Tomas Scheckter:

"Obviously, we seem to be struggling a bit. The other guys just seem to have a bit more speed than us. However, we've had good race cars all year. I'm confident the Pennzoil Panther guys will give us another great race car for tomorrow, and we'll just see what we can do. As far as our earlier troubles today, it didn't really affect us. We were limited to how many miles we were allowed to run anyway, so it still worked out for us."

Townsend Bell:

"We decided to change out the Chevy and start from the back. I can't wait to see what we have tomorrow. We're going to have a good racecar, and we'll be able to pick off a few positions at the start, and then work our way up during the race. We've done it before. The track isn't as bumpy as I thought it would be, so we're all looking forward to tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Townsend Bell
Teams Panther Racing