IRL: Panther, Indy Regency and Cahill file entries for Indy 500

Three Teams File Single Entries For 85TH Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 4, 2001 - Panther Racing, Indy Regency Racing and Cahill Racing each filed single entries April 4 for the 85th Indianapolis 500. Current Indy Racing ...

Three Teams File Single Entries For 85TH Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 4, 2001 - Panther Racing, Indy Regency Racing and Cahill Racing each filed single entries April 4 for the 85th Indianapolis 500.

Current Indy Racing Northern Light Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was named as the driver for Panther's entry, and rookie Cory Witherill will drive the Indy Regency entry. 1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee was named to drive for Cahill, which also filed an entry March 28 that Jack Miller will drive.

The 85th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 27. Entries must be postmarked by April 11. All drivers will compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race.

Hornish, from Defiance, Ohio, will drive the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. Kevin Blanch is the chief mechanic. Hornish drove the same car to victory in the season-opening Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 on March 18 at Phoenix to take the lead in the Northern Light Cup point standings.

This is Panther's first entry this year, but the team will work extensively with Team Green to prepare an entry for Michael Andretti. Hornish will attempt to make his second Indianapolis 500 start. He finished 24th as a rookie last year in a car fielded by PDM Racing. Witherill, from Santa Monica, Calif., will drive the No. 16 WSA Motors/Indy Regency Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone. No backup car was entered. Marc Walpot is the chief mechanic, and Sal Incandela is the team manager.

Witherill will be required to complete the Rookie Orientation Program April 13-14 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before attempting to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500 start. Witherill, a Navajo, is believed to be the only Native American driving in professional open-wheel racing. He competed in Indy Lights from 1998-2000.

McGehee, from St. Louis, will drive the No. 10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. Kevin Hertle is the chief mechanic, and Larry Cahill is the team's owner and manager. That same car-team combination helped McGehee to an eighth-place finish in the season opener last month at Phoenix. McGehee will attempt to make his third career Indy start. He finished fifth in 1999 to earn top rookie honors at Indianapolis and finished 21st last year.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Cory Witherill , Michael Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr. , Jack Miller
Teams Panther Racing