IRL: Panther Racing Phoenix test, day one

Panther Drivers Finish 7th and 11th on Chart Avondale, Ariz. -- Both Panther Racing Chevrolets were quick Wednesday during the Indy Racing League's open test at Phoenix International Raceway, and both drivers continued to get comfortable...

Panther Drivers Finish 7th and 11th on Chart

Avondale, Ariz. -- Both Panther Racing Chevrolets were quick Wednesday during the Indy Racing League's open test at Phoenix International Raceway, and both drivers continued to get comfortable on the one-mile oval. Tomas Scheckter led the way in the #4 Pennzoil Chevy, posting the seventh quick time on the speed chart with a lap of 172.677 mph, 20.8482 seconds.

Tomas Enge finished the morning session of the Miami Open Test as the fastest car on the chart, and he did the same thing at PIR this morning. Enge, who will competing in his first full IndyCar Series season, posted a quick lap of 172.297 mph, 20.8941 seconds, which was tops in the morning session. Despite fighting a cold, the Panther newcomer has proven to be a quick study in his two tests with the team. He finished the day 11th, with a best lap of 172.297 mph, 20.8941 seconds.

Tomas Scheckter:

"It was a good day overall. Chevy continues to prove that we're going to be strong this year, and that's encouraging to all of us. These tests are great for practice, but I know everybody in the Panther garage is ready to get the season started in Homestead."

Tomas Enge:

"The morning was really positive, and we finished as the quickest car on the track. That is always a good thing. Our program was shortened this afternoon because we cut a couple tires. I like this track the most of all the ovals I've driven, and I'm looking forward to getting back out here tomorrow."

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).

www.pantherracing.com -- www.tomas-enge.com -- www.tomasscheckter.net -- www.pennzoil.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Tomas Enge , Robby McGehee , Billy Boat , Dario Franchitti , Townsend Bell , Dan Wheldon , Dave Steele , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing