AJ Foyt Racing press release
Meira Will Start 21st in Kentucky Indy 300
SPARTA, KY Oct. 1, 2011--Vitor Meira will start deep in the pack but he believes he has the car to come to the front in the Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway as the IZOD IndyCar Series runs its penultimate race of the season Sunday afternoon.
Meira opened with a strong run in the ABC Supply car, posting a 219.2mph lap which was the second quickest speed in the first practice session. Meira was running in heavy traffic which helped the speed but also made him confident about his race set-up as he passed cars inside and out throughout the session. The next practice session he ran laps in the 217-range in qualifying trim and did not have the benefit of drafting as the team simulated a qualifying run.
In qualifying, Meira posted two laps just over 216 mph for an average speed of 216.300 mph which dropped him to 21st on the 29-car grid. “In our race configuration we were very competitive,” Meira said. “The ABC Supply car was very good in traffic. Qualifying didn’t go like we thought so we’ll just have to go back and figure out what happened. We’ll definitely run better tomorrow. Last year we had a so-so qualifying run and had to race to the front so we will have to do it again tomorrow.”
IndyCar Series point leader Will Power won his eighth pole of the season which ties the IndyCar Series record for poles won in a season, but not the all-time record of 10 poles held by A.J. Foyt since 1965. Power posted a two-lap average speed of 219.283mph. Dario Franchitti and teammate Scott Dixon who are the only other contenders for this season’s title will start 11th and 7th respectively.
The Kentucky Indy 300 will be televised live on Versus starting at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow.