Indy 500: Panther Racing Carb Day report

Meira Third in Rain-Shortened Carb Day Practice Session Indianapolis, Ind. - Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira turned in the third quickest lap of the day on Miller Lite Carb Day during the rain-shortened final practice before the 92nd ...

Meira Third in Rain-Shortened Carb Day Practice Session

Indianapolis, Ind. - Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira turned in the third quickest lap of the day on Miller Lite Carb Day during the rain-shortened final practice before the 92nd Indianapolis 500. Meira's speed of 222.326 trailed only the two Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon, who will start first and second on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Meira, who will be racing in his sixth Indianapolis 500, is happy with the setup of his car and is ready to put the No. 4 Delphi National Guard machine into victory lane. Vitor will start the race in eighth position.

Meira and team owner John Barnes discussed today that the two veterans agree that Sunday might be the best opportunity either of them have had to win the Indianapolis 500. For Barnes, Sunday marks his 40th year in the sport, all of which have included participation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Meira will start eight from the inside of row three for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Meira will be looking for his first Indianapolis 500 victory, after finishing second in 2005, and Panther's driver is currently on a streak of four consecutive Top Ten finishes.

Pre-race coverage will begin on ESPN2 at 11:00 a.m. and ABC's coverage of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing will begin at 12:00 p.m on Sunday. The race can also be heard on the IMS Radio Network starting at 12:00 p.m.

Vitor Meira, No. 4 Delphi National Guard Dallara Honda

"I don't know what else I can say about our car; it is unbelievable. All the talk around our garage is about winning. We've come this far as a team, and it's taken every guy in this garage to make this month as strong as it's been. The Indianapolis 500 is a long race, and anything can happen, but we know coming in that we've got an amazing racecar and I don't think -- as a team -- that we've ever wanted it this bad."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , John Barnes , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing