Panther Racing ruled out of IndyCar opener at St Petersburg
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, March 28th 2014, 12:52 GMT|
Panther Racing's difficult winter has carried over into the new IndyCar season, with the team having been ruled out of this weekend's curtain-raiser at St Petersburg.
Panther has recently been in the headlines for having initiated a multi-pronged lawsuit over the loss of its National Guard backing to Rahal Letterman Lanigan.
Late last year, it was also left off the list of teams eligible for the Leaders' Circle bonus payment programme, an omission that Panther team principal John Barnes later said was due to the fact that he was not confident of meeting the series' requirement that the team be present at every race.
The team has not had a full-time driver since splitting with JR Hildebrand mid-way through last season, leaving Ryan Briscoe and Oriol Servia to share the ride for the remainder of the year.
Colombian Carlos Huertas stepped into the cockpit for Panther's most recent on-track appearances at the Sebring tests in January and February.
Attempts by AUTOSPORT to reach team representatives for comment have so far been unsuccessful.