IRL: Three teams file Indy 500 entries

Panther, Patrick, Gordon File Entries for Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, March 29, 2004 - Panther Racing and Patrick Racing, teams with winning pedigrees in open-wheel racing, were among those who filed entries March 29 for the 88th ...

Panther, Patrick, Gordon File Entries for Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, March 29, 2004 - Panther Racing and Patrick Racing, teams with winning pedigrees in open-wheel racing, were among those who filed entries March 29 for the 88th Indianapolis 500.

Panther Racing entered six cars, two for 2002 Indianapolis 500 Bank One co-Rookie of the Year Tomas Scheckter, two for 2003 Indy Racing League(R) Menards Infiniti Pro SeriesTM champion Mark Taylor and two for a driver to be named later. Panther won IRL IndyCar(R) Series titles in 2001 and 2002 and a Menards Infiniti Pro Series title with Taylor in 2003.

Patrick Racing entered two cars for two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. Patrick-owned cars won the Indianapolis 500 in 1973 and 1982 with driver Gordon Johncock and in 1989 with driver Emerson Fittipaldi after a stirring, wheel-banging duel with Unser.

Team Gordon also entered two cars for driver-owner Robby Gordon.

The 88th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entries must be postmarked by midnight March 31. Qualifications for the 33-car starting field begin on Pole Day, Saturday, May 15.

Scheckter, from Cape Town, South Africa, will drive the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with a backup entered. Simon Morley is the chief mechanic.

Scheckter will aim to make his third Indianapolis 500 start. He finished a career-best fourth in 2003 and has led 148 laps combined in his first two Indy starts.

IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 rookie Taylor, from London, will drive the No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with a backup entered. Eric Haverson is the chief mechanic.

Panther also entered the No. 44 Pedigo Chevrolet Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone and a backup for a driver to be named later. Ron Catt is the chief mechanic.

Buddy Lindblom is the team manager of Panther's entries.

Unser, from Albuquerque, N.M., will attempt to make his 17th Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 20 Patrick Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with a backup entered. Neil Brown is the chief mechanic, and 11-time Indianapolis 500 starter Steve Krisiloff is the team manager.

This will be the first start of the season for Unser, winner of the 1992 and 1994 Indianapolis 500. Team owner U.E. "Pat" Patrick announced earlier this month that his team was moving to the IndyCar Series with Unser as driver starting at Indianapolis.

Team Gordon owner Gordon will drive the No. 70 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with a backup entered. Bharat Naran is the chief mechanic, with Thomas Knapp the team manager.

Gordon, from Orange, Calif., will attempt to make his 10th Indianapolis 500 start. His best finish is fourth in 1999 after he ran out of fuel while leading with less than two laps to go. Gordon will attempt the "double" of driving the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, N.C., on the same day.

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Tickets: Tickets are available for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 on May 30. For information, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or call the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Robby Gordon , Buddy Lazier , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock
Teams Panther Racing