Scheckter Leads Chevy Front Row

Tomas Scheckter has taken pole for tomorrow's Learjet 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, setting a speed of 213.847 mph, just one mile faster than Panther Racing teammate Tomas Enge

The pole was Scheckter's second for the season and seventh to date in the series, and Enge's front row start is his best qualifying so far in his short IndyCar career. The all-Chevrolet front row around the 1.5 mile oval is the manufacturer's first since September 2002.

"I have a great car and a great team, and there are going to be no excuses this time," Scheckter stated afterwards. "Everybody on this team has to get back to the mental level of winning again, and that's what I'm going to do."

Enge was more reserved in his demands for the race: "It's a great result for everyone to be first and second - the engines are good and the cars are good. But we just need to finish the race, no matter what position.

"I just need to see the checkered flag, and I think it's the same for Tomas, because we haven't seen the checkered flag yet this year."

In demand rookie Danica Patrick will start on the inside of row two, with Penske driver Sam Hornish Jr alongside her. Patrick enjoyed her first run at the circuit, noting: "I think the practice on Friday is beneficial for me to learn to run in traffic.

"This is my first race here - I have to get used to running in high, middle and low grooves."

Current points leader Dan Wheldon will start tomorrow's race from the outside of row four, immediately behind teammate Dario Franchitti.

Starting order for Bombardier Learjet 500, Texas Motor Speedway:

Pos Driver              Time     Speed (mph)
 1. Tomas Scheckter     24.4942  213.847
 2. Tomas Enge          24.6076  212.861
 3. Danica Patrick      24.6308  212.661
 4. Sam Hornish Jr.     24.7018  212.049
 5. Vitor Meira         24.7028  212.041
 6. Dario Franchitti    24.7036  212.034
 7. Buddy Rice          24.7318  211.792
 8. Dan Wheldon         24.7405  211.718
 9. Darren Manning      24.7412  211.712
10. Helio Castroneves   24.7423  211.702
11. Bryan Herta         24.7920  211.278
12. Ryan Briscoe        24.8059  211.159
13. Tony Kanaan         24.8437  210.838
14. Kosuke Matsuura     24.8589  210.709
15. Scott Dixon         24.8877  210.465
16. Scott Sharp         24.9725  209.751
17. Jimmy Kite          25.0757  208.887
18. Roger Yasukawa      25.0922  208.750
19. Ed Carpenter        25.1525  208.250
20. Alex Barron         25.1747  208.066
21. Patrick Carpentier  25.2505  207.441
22. A.J. Foyt IV        no time

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