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    Panther Racing to Field USAC Silver Crown Effort

    Indianapolis – Two-time and defending Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Champion Panther Racing announced today that it will submit an entry for driver Dane Carter in tonights’s USAC Silver Crown J.D. Byrider 100 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

    Panther Racing, formed in 1997, is the winningest team in Indy Racing League Indy Car Series (11 wins) and Infiniti Pro Series (5 wins) history and tonight’s event will mark the first time Panther Racing has tackled the competition in the United States Auto Club.

    “Each of the partners here at Panther Racing have a significant interest in USAC racing and we just felt having the race in Indianapolis was a great opportunity to get involved with the series,” said Panther Racing partner John Barnes. “I have been around racing for 35 years and really enjoy the atmosphere and passion for racing that can be found in the Silver Crown division.”

    Panther Racing co-owner Gary Pedigo was the driving force behind the team’s decision to purchase a new Beast chassis which was just delivered to the shop today.

    “I have always enjoyed this type of racing and have always followed it or been involved with it as a sponsor,” Pedigo explained. “But watching the race at Richmond this year with John (Barnes), we just looked at each other and thought how much fun this form of racing was and the next thing you know I was calling Bob East ordering a new Pedigo Chevy Panther Racing Beast chassis!”

    Selecting the driver – Dane Carter – wasn’t hard either. Pedigo’s Indianapolis Chevrolet dealership has been a frequent sponsor on Dane’s racecars and Dane’s father, Pancho, one of the most successful drivers in USAC history, is Panther Racing’s IndyCar and IPS spotter and driver coach. And, more importantly, the younger Carter can drive.

    “We have watched Dane race since he started in quarter-midgets and he has proven he can compete in the Silver Crown ranks,” said Pedigo. “I think Dane has the ability to run at the front and compete for wins race-in and race-out. It is going to be fun working with him.”

    Carter, 24, who started racing quarter-midgets when he was 13 years old, has been competing in USAC since he first raced a USAC midget at 18 years old. Some brief highlights of Carter’s USAC career include: A USAC National Midget Series Win (Winchester – 2000); Track Record Holder (Winchester Speedway); USAC Silver Crown Pole Position (Pikes Peak International Raceway – 2001); two 3rd place finishes in USAC Silver Crown competition (Pikes Peak International Raceway – 2001; Richmond International Raceway – 2002).

    “The opportunity to drive for a two-time IndyCar series championship team is something I am very excited about,” said Carter. “I have grown up around racing and USAC has an important part in my family’s history. I want to excel here and the opportunity to work with Panther Racing helps me as I look toward an opportunity to move into the IndyCar ranks in the future.”

    While this will be the first entry Panther Racing has submitted in USAC competition, Panther Racing has supported USAC racing significantly over the last few years. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, Pennzoil and Panther Racing provided the driver champions in each of USAC’s top divisions (Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown) an opportunity to earn their Indy Racing League licenses through tests in the Panther Racing IndyCar. Some of the USAC drivers who have earned licenses in the Pennzoil Panther Racing IndyCar include: Kasey Kahne; Dave Darland; Tony Elliott; Jay Drake, Tracy Hines, Ed Carpenter, Derek Davidson and NASCAR stand-out Ryan Newman.

    In addition, Panther Racing has provided IndyCar rides for USAC stars Dave Steele (1998 – Texas & Las Vegas; 1999 – Indianapolis) and Billy Boat (2003 – Indianapolis; numerous tests between 2000 – present).

    “I was an intern at Indianapolis Raceway Park while I was in college and I gained a true appreciation for the cars and the drivers that compete in USAC ,” said J. Douglas Boles, Panther COO and co-owner. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to see a Panther Racing entry compete at this great facility.”

    In addition to Thursday’s event at IRP, Panther Racing intends to enter the 100 mile event staged at Nazareth Speedway on August 24. That race will be in conjunction with the IndyCar series race to be held at Nazareth Speedway on the same weekend.

    -30-

  • #2
    Excellent!

    Thanks for the head's up.
    "You people worry too much. Strive for change. Root for your favorites. Enjoy the racing. Drop the flag." rev-ed, 3/04

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    • #3
      P4, good for you fellows. Nice to see.

      BTW, you'll recall I promised to rub Pennzoil in my scalp to help Sam win last week. As we know, he fell just a bit short and I suspect it was my fault. For the next race, I will not only put Pennzoil in all my cars, in my motorcycle, lawn mower and weed trimmer, I am going to use if for a creme rinse as well as a shampoo. Hope this helps.

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      • #4
        Oh, and .....


        GO SAM!!!

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        • #5
          Great effort.
          Here's wishing you well!
          ...---...

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          • #6
            Good for you, Panther. I hope this team becomes a development ground for future Panther IRL stars.
            "It was actually fun, because you're back fully driving again in these trucks. Ninety percent of the tracks we go to in the IRL, you're flat-out. I was having to lift off the corners some here." - Buddy Rice

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            • #7
              I think this is great. I was just talking to the guys last night. I went to college with Dane and Cole but just Cole now since Dane is done.

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              • #8
                KICKASS!!!!

                Hopefully it will have either Mopar or Ford power so he can run at the front!

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                • #9
                  Old School
                  Natural Born Cynic

                  What irks me (maybe its too soon for the truth), DW was a 16-oval WIN specialist, yet the vast majority those boohooing for him, hardcarders & fans, alike are the same ones trying to kill anything with more than 9 deg banking & 4 corners, where Dan ultimately made his home...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Racewriter
                    Good for you, Panther. I hope this team becomes a development ground for future Panther IRL stars.
                    Agreed. It would shut up so many here...
                    "I didn't hear a single comment about airboxes, "carbashians", or how terrible the car looked. I did see dozens and dozens of little kids in awe of the speed and how cool the cars looked. We should learn from our children."
                    --Danny Noonan

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                    • #11
                      P4

                      I think it is really cool that you guys are getting involved at the grass roots level like that. Now how about getting some promotion of the Silvercrown team on your website to .

                      Is it May yet ?

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                      • #12
                        Excellent!

                        Now THIS is what is needed, by each and every one of the big IRL teams. If a concerted effort can be made to reach down from the top, rather than forcing underfunded USAC stars to try to scape together the $ for an IPS ride, there might be some hope after all.

                        I've always felt that if a Penske or Ganassi knew just how talented Yeley or Hines or Steele really was, they'd be doing exactly the same thing Panther is right here. Cost isn't a consideration for those teams--I think it is lack of familiarity with the USAC community. I was hoping that back in 2000 Jason Leffler might have gotten Penske's attention, but apparently not.

                        Hooray for Panther. Hopefully other teams will follow suit.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Brent_the_Lazier_fan

                          I've always felt that if a Penske or Ganassi knew just how talented Yeley or Hines or Steele really was, they'd be doing exactly the same thing Panther is right here.
                          Maybe the fact that Penske tried to kill USAC is a reason he doesn't have a Silver Crown team?

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                          • #14
                            Ok,

                            So the next logical question is will Sam double dip at the Copper Classic next spring

                            If that happens, I'll leave the track, go out to ticket window, and BUY a ticket to watch (and smile).
                            We flipped our finger to the King of England
                            Stole our country from the Indians
                            With god on our side and guns in our hands
                            We took it for our own!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Panther Silver Crown

                              Originally posted by Panther4
                              Panther Racing to Field USAC Silver Crown Effort

                              While this will be the first entry Panther Racing has submitted in USAC competition, Panther Racing has supported USAC racing significantly over the last few years. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, Pennzoil and Panther Racing provided the driver champions in each of USAC’s top divisions (Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown) an opportunity to earn their Indy Racing League licenses through tests in the Panther Racing IndyCar. Some of the USAC drivers who have earned licenses in the Pennzoil Panther Racing IndyCar include: Kasey Kahne; Dave Darland; Tony Elliott; Jay Drake, Tracy Hines, Ed Carpenter, Derek Davidson and NASCAR stand-out Ryan Newman.

                              In addition, Panther Racing has provided IndyCar rides for USAC stars Dave Steele (1998 – Texas & Las Vegas; 1999 – Indianapolis) and Billy Boat (2003 – Indianapolis; numerous tests between 2000 – present).

                              -30-
                              I am a fan of Sam Horish and Panther Racing. It's very commendable that they gave test to all these drivers. More team owners should do the same. Unfortunately, gettting your IRL license isn't the same as getting an IRL ride. In fact, I doubt that it even means a team will consider that driver.
                              "The older I get, the faster I used to be!"

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