It has been confirmed today that 25-year-old British driver Mark Taylor will test for reigning Indy Racing League Champions Panther Racing, at Texas Motor Speedway Wednesday October 1st.

Taylor is presently racing for Panther having dominated the 2003 Infiniti Pro Series.

John Barnes, Panther Racing, chief executive officer, commented: "Mark has had an outstanding season in IPS and his accomplishments really shine when you consider he had never driven an oval race prior to coming to the IPS series.

"We have enjoyed working with him this past 10 months. Mark is very talented and I know the guys are anxious to give him some seat-time in the IndyCar."

"It's great to have the opportunity to drive the car," added Taylor, "I am hoping to get as much experience in the car as possible, this is the reason why I came into the IPS in the first place and I'm sure the extra power will be something to experience."

Gil de Ferran continued: "Mark has been doing an amazing job. He won his very first oval race, and let me tell you, that's very, very difficult! And not only is he showing great 'speed', but he has showed very good 'race craft' and great 'maturity' behind the wheel."



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