Rain Cuts PIR Test Short Avondale, Ariz. -- A rain-shortened second day of testing at Phoenix International Raceway limited track time Thursday for all teams in the IndyCar Series, and sent Panther Racing home early. Both Panther Chevrolets ...
Rain Cuts PIR Test Short
Avondale, Ariz. -- A rain-shortened second day of testing at Phoenix International Raceway limited track time Thursday for all teams in the IndyCar Series, and sent Panther Racing home early. Both Panther Chevrolets turned a fair share of laps in the morning session, and Tomas Enge and the No. 2 team were able to practice several pits stops before the lunch break. However, as both cars were headed to pit lane for their afternoon runs, the rain came and forced the team to head back to Indianapolis.
This is the last tune-up for IndyCar Series teams prior to the season opener in Homestead on March 6th. Tomas Scheckter posted his best result of the season last year at Homestead, when he finished 5th. While Enge tested at Homestead two weeks ago, the upcoming event will be his first race at the 1.5-mile oval.
Tomas Scheckter: 172.129 mph, 20.9146 seconds.
Tomas Enge: 173.476 mph, 20.7521 seconds.
Panther Tracks: Scheckter was poised for a podium finish in the 2004 Copper World Classic, until Dario Franchitti ran into the back of his Pennzoil Panther #4 during a late caution period on Lap 181.... Mark Taylor finished 12th at PIR last season in the #2 Chevrolet, his best result in six races with the team .... Enge competed in three Formula One races in 2001, including the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he finished 14th ... Panther Racing has been involved in six of the Top Ten closest finishes in IRL history -- winning five ... Since joining the league in 1998, Panther has 33 podium finishes, 43 Top Fives and 55 Top Tens .... The team's 2,457 laps led is second only to Team Menard .... Panther Racing won back-to-back IRL Championships in 2001 & 2002, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Championship in 2003, and is the league leader in victories for both series: IRL (14 wins) and IPS (7 wins) ... A total of nine drivers have started a race for Panther: Sam Hornish Jr. (44), Scott Goodyear (30), Tomas Scheckter (16), Townsend Bell (10), Mark Taylor (6), Dave Steele (2), Dan Wheldon (2), Billy Boat (1) and Robby McGehee (1).