Foyt Team Changes Engines After Qualifying JOLIET, IL Aug 27 -- Vitor Meira will start 24th because the team is protesting the engine that Vitor qualified with which allows them to start where they qualified. However, if in doing a thorough...
Foyt Team Changes Engines After Qualifying
JOLIET, IL Aug 27 -- Vitor Meira will start 24th because the team is protesting the engine that Vitor qualified with which allows them to start where they qualified. However, if in doing a thorough check of the engine, Honda determines there are no issues with the engine, the team will pay for the rebuild and shipping charges and will have to run that engine in a race later this year. If there are issues, then Honda will not charge the team.
The engine change came about after a disappointing qualifying run which saw Meira average 213.1 mph in his two-lap run around the 1.5 mile banked speedway.
"We're changing engines," said Meira. "I'm not saying that is the problem but it is one problem we can eliminate from what could be happening. The ABC Supply car was very good, Jeff [Britton, chief engineer] and A.J. picked the right gears, right amount of downforce, the right balance. I felt the car being neutral and free and everybody did what they were supposed to do, it just didn't go as fast as we expected or what it should have. A.J.'s in full agreement with that. Since we changed engines, we'll have to start last but qualifying is not a big deal here, because there is so much room to pass. The race car is very good and we'll prove that."
In the morning practice which saw 29 cars take to the track, Meira was 14th quickest with a speed of 215.1 mph.
Ryan Briscoe won the pole with a speed of 216.3 mph, while outside pole winner Dario Franchitti was nearly a mile an hour slower with a speed of 215.5. More surprising was his teammate Scott Dixon qualifying 15th quickest after being second quickest in the morning practice. Dixon's team is also changing engines and will start in the rear with Meira.