Meira Tests Both Cars, Finds Back-Up Car is Ready for Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- (May 6, 2008) -- Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira split the first practice session for the 92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 into two...
Meira Tests Both Cars, Finds Back-Up Car is Ready for Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- (May 6, 2008) -- Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira split the first practice session for the 92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 into two groups -- one session for his primary car and another for his back-up No. 4-T Dallara Honda.
In just a handful of laps, Meira realized his T-car was faster, and the one he wants to take into the Indy 500 when the historic race comes on Sunday, May 25th. The team will now turn its focus into finding a race setup for the 200-lap event, and also trimming out its qualification effort for this Saturday's Pole Day qualifications.
In his first season with Panther at Indy, Meira started in sixth position, on the second row -- a career-best effort for both himself and the team. Currently, Vitor has finished in the Top Ten four consecutive years in the Indianapolis 500, a streak that includes a second-place effort in 2005. He has finished 10th in each of his last two years with Panther.
Indiana National Guard General Martin Umbarger to Visit Panther Wednesday
Major General Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General -- Indiana National Guard, is visiting the Panther team tomorrow at 9 a.m. to assist in putting a decal of the Indiana National Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade patch on the nose of Panther's No. 4 Honda Dallara. The 76th is headquartered in Indianapolis, is known as the "Blue Devil" Brigade, and has lineage that traces back to World War I.
*Vitor posted a top lap of 222.423 mph, 40.4634 seconds in the No. 4 car, good for 20th on the chart.
"This was really a great start to our month. We wanted to figure out if our primary or our T car was faster, and the back-up car was a lot quicker. I could tell with just a couple laps which car was going to be best for us for the Indianapolis 500. We're ready to move forward with the Delphi National Guard car and our expectations are really high. The more time I spend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the more respect I have for this place. I just love coming here and it always feels so special to be a part of this event."