Menards Infiniti Pro Series veteran Marty Roth has purchased the cars and equipment from Panther Racing's Infiniti Pro Series team.

Double IRL IndyCar Series Champions Panther Racing entered Pro Series competition in 2003 and won the championship with British rookie Mark Taylor.

"I was in the process of negotiating with (team co-owner) John Barnes to run their car for the 2004 season," Roth said. "John called me the other day and regrettably informed me that, due to their commitment to run a two-car IndyCar Series program for next season, they had decided to withdraw from the Infiniti Pro Series."

Taylor, who earned seven wins and four pole positions to claim the 2003 Menards Infiniti Pro Series title, will drive the No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville IndyCar Series entry for Panther Racing in 2004.

"Having recognized the value Panther Racing has created through their R&D over the past year, I jumped at the opportunity when their Infiniti Pro Series program went on the market," said Roth.

"Now that I have the equipment, the next phase is building the team. The equipment is just the first step; it's what you do with it that counts. I'm after the 2004 championship, and everything has to be right."

44 year-old Roth has competed in both seasons of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series to date with veteran outfit Brian Stewart Racing.

 

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