IRL: Panther, Taylor to part company

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Panther Racing and IndyCar Series rookie Mark Taylor announced today that they will seek other options for the remainder of the 2004 IndyCar Series, effective this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Taylor, the 2003 Menards Pro...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Panther Racing and IndyCar Series rookie Mark Taylor announced today that they will seek other options for the remainder of the 2004 IndyCar Series, effective this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Taylor, the 2003 Menards Pro Series Champion, has competed in the Panther Racing Menards/Johns Manville entry for the first six races of the 2004 season with a best finish of 12th and a best starting position of 3rd.

"Mark Taylor has done everything we have asked him to do over the past 18 months he has been part of the Panther Racing family," said team co-owner John Barnes. "However, due to the many pressures of professional auto racing, it is in everyone's best interest that we look in different directions."

Gary Pedigo, team co-owner, echoed Barnes' sentiments regarding Taylor, who set virtually every record in the Menards Pro Series in 2003, including seven victories in eleven starts.

"The IndyCar Series has become one of the toughest championships a driver can contest and the rules limiting team testing have made the learning curve very, very steep for a rookie in this series," said Pedigo. "Mark has done an outstanding job of getting the car up front in several races and has turned some very quick laps in a short amount of time. Mark is a very bright, personable and talented young driver and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Panther Racing will make an announcement on a driver for the Kansas race at a later time.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , John Barnes
Teams Panther Racing