As the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the season finale Chevy 500 on October 12th, Panther Racing will be on the prowl for more than one victory at the 1.5-mile oval.

After being formed in 1998, IRL IndyCar Series team Pennzoil Panther Racing joined the IRL with driver Scott Goodyear. Pennzoil Panther Racing collected two Texas wins and four top-five finishes with Goodyear behind the wheel.

In 2001, Sam Hornish Jr. assumed responsibilities as driver for Panther. In two seasons, he has recorded two Texas wins and one pole. With drivers such as Goodyear and Hornish, Panther Racing has accounted for one-third of the total IndyCar Series wins at Texas since the speedway's inaugural season in 1997.

For the first time, Panther will be returning to Texas with both an IndyCar Series team and a Menards Infiniti Pro Series team.

Briton Mark Taylor, Pro Series driver of the #4 Fulmar Panther entry, will make his Texas debut during the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series dreamerscandles.com 100 on Saturday, October 11th.

"Panther has certainly had great successes at Texas Motor Speedway," said Taylor. "Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves had a great race the end of last year fighting for the championship. With the IndyCars and Infiniti Pro Series cars being fairly similar, we are able to use some of their ideas for our set up. And of course being able to use Panther Racing's driver coach and spotter, Pancho Carter, is a great help."

Taylor, a rookie in the series, is currently leading the point standings by 99 points and has already wrapped up the second IPS crown in series history. In his initial season in the Pro Series, he has obtained a record seven wins out of 11 races and 10 top-10 finishes.

"The Panther team has a lot of experience in open-wheel racing and I have been able to use this to my benefit," said Taylor. "Every time we go on track I am confident I will have a great race car, and so far this year we have been able to prove it. After seeing the extremely competitive IndyCar racing at Texas Motor Speedway, I would expect the Pro Series race there to be another memorable point of the 2003 Indy Racing League Season."

 

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