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

Scheckter Leads Chevy Front Row

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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