IRL: Texas: Panther Racing Friday report

Scheckter Posts Quickest Lap Fort Worth, Tex. - Tomas Scheckter put the Pennzoil Panther Chevrolet right back where it belongs during the first practice session Friday at Texas Motor Speedway -- at the top. Scheckter posted the fastest...

Scheckter Posts Quickest Lap

Fort Worth, Tex. - Tomas Scheckter put the Pennzoil Panther Chevrolet right back where it belongs during the first practice session Friday at Texas Motor Speedway -- at the top. Scheckter posted the fastest lap speed during the first practice session Friday when he blew through a lap at 210.618 mph. Mark Taylor was comfortable with both his practice sessions, setting a quick lap of 208.724 in the first session of the day. Both drivers participated in the second session, but didn't spend a lot of time on the track. Scheckter and Taylor both felt they had great racecars and were extremely comfortable in traffic. With that feedback, the team decided to pack up for the day and prepare for the race. During the second session, Tomas posted a lap of 209.116 mph and Taylor's quickest lap was 205.685 mph.

Tomas Scheckter:

"To be honest, before we didn't do much running in traffic, we were just working on qualifying. With David Cripps, my engineer, we made some good changes overnight, and today the car seems to be very good in traffic. We passed some Honda's, which feels great in our Chevy. Obviously, it also shows that Chevy has been working hard. Maybe some people wrote us off a little bit after Indy, but we keep working hard and keep improving. Hopefully, we'll get a good result tomorrow."

Mark Taylor:

"It was another great day of practice. We could have spent some more time in the second session, but we made a slight gearing change, and it felt really good. I did some laps in traffic and the car just felt outstanding, so we're just going to save ourselves for the race. I think we're going to see good things from Panther Racing tomorrow, Tomas was very quick this afternoon and we both feel like we have amazing racecars."

PANTHER NOTES: Today is spotter/driver coach Pancho Carter's 54th birthday, and the team celebrated with a cake and a chorus of "Happy Birthday" in the garage following the second session. Fellow spotter Tom Sneva -- who celebrated his 56th birthday on June 1st -- was supposed to be honored also, but the 1983 Indianapolis 500 champion got wind of the celebration and snuck away from the Panther Pack.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Tom Sneva , Pancho Carter
Teams Panther Racing