Panther Racing

United States Panther Racing
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FoundedApril 1997
FoldedAugust 2014
BaseIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
Team principal(s)John Barnes
Jim Harbaugh
Mike Griffin
Courtney Jones
Joe Cain
Former seriesIndyCar Series
2001 IRL (Hornish Jr.)
2002 IRL (Hornish Jr.)
Panther's 2006 car driven by Vitor Meira

Panther Racing was an American open wheel auto racing team. It was one of the oldest continually operating teams in Indy Racing League LLC's IZOD IndyCar Series.

Four years in a row (2008–2011), the team finished second at the Indianapolis 500. In the 2011 Indy 500 the team's rookie driver J. R. Hildebrand was leading when he crashed on the final turn of the final lap. He coasted across the finish line to place second.


The team was formed in late 1997, to compete in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League (now Verizon IndyCar Series), by six owners: open-wheel racing team manager John Barnes, Indianapolis car dealer Gary Pedigo, former radio personality Mike Griffin, television production executive Terry Lingner, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh and Indianapolis director of corporate government affairs Doug Boles.

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