IRL: Phoenix: Chevy Friday report

Chevy Drivers Qualify in the Top Ten at Phoenix Tomas Scheckter to start fourth and Tomas Enge seventh at the second IRL IndyCar race of the season PHOENIX - Today both Chevy drivers competing in the IRL IndyCar series qualified in the top ten...

Chevy Drivers Qualify in the Top Ten at Phoenix

Tomas Scheckter to start fourth and Tomas Enge seventh at the second IRL IndyCar race of the season

PHOENIX - Today both Chevy drivers competing in the IRL IndyCar series qualified in the top ten for Saturday's XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Tomas Scheckter in the No. 4 Panther Racing Pennzoil Dallara will start fourth after posting a qualifying run of 176.068 mph in 20.4466 seconds. His Panther teammate, Tomas Enge in the No. 2 Rockstar Chevrolet, will start seventh qualifying at 175.641 mph in 20.4964 seconds.

"In a competitive series like this, anytime you have both of your cars qualified in the top ten is an accomplishment," said Joe Negri, GM Racing's IRL program manager. "We feel good about our Chevy drivers starting fourth and seventh and close to the front. Now the key is to run a good race tomorrow and be there at the end."

After starting from the pole position during the series kick-off at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Scheckter was optimistic about his qualifying run and going into tomorrow's 200-mile race.

"I think we gave it all we had today. We know our Chevrolet is a good race car. Tomorrow we'll double check everything, maybe try coming in and out of the pits and be ready for an exciting day of racing."

Enge, entering his first season in the IndyCar series and completing three races in the series to date, enjoys the challenges of the one-mile oval. This is the first time Enge has raced at Phoenix International Raceway.

"I like this track better than Homestead, Texas and Fontana because it's more challenging for drivers. The driver has to work much more especially through Turn One and Two."

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning's practice. The car will be set up completely different to be more drivable in traffic. The most important thing for me will be to finish the race and get as many laps and score as many points as possible for my Chevy team. I think we'll have a good day."

The XM Satellite Radio Indy 200, the second of 17 races on the IRL IndyCar circuit, will begin at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 19. The 200-lap race will be televised live on ABC.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge