IRL: Chicagoland: Panther Racing qualifying report

Meira Starts Sixth At Chicagoland Speedway Brazilian Lines Up in Six Spot for Fifth Time This Season JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2006) -- Lincoln Tech Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira qualified sixth for the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 Saturday ...

Meira Starts Sixth At Chicagoland Speedway

Brazilian Lines Up in Six Spot for Fifth Time This Season

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2006) -- Lincoln Tech Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira qualified sixth for the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the 29-year-old Brazilian's 10th start from inside the Top Ten and the fifth time he has started in the sixth position.

Meira's top lap was 213.474 mph, 25.6331 seconds.

Vitor has already tied his career high in Top Ten (11) and Top Five (7) finishes in a season. Sunday will give him an opportunity to surpass both personal records. Meira has already set a personal best in podium finishes, with six this year, two better than his total of four from 2005.

Panther has won both the closest 1-2 finish (2002) in IndyCar Series and the closest 1-2-3 finish (2003) in league history. Both of those thrilling victories came at Chicagoland, where the team looks for its first victory of the 2006 season.

Meira has a solid hold on fifth place in the title chance, with an outside chance to surpass Scott Dixon for the fourth overall position. A Top Five result in the championship would be Panther's highest finish since the 2003 season when Hornish finished fifth.

By starting tomorrow's race, Meira will have 14 starts with Panther Racing, moving him past Tomas Enge for fourth all-time in the team's history. Only Hornish (44), Tomas Scheckter (33) and Scott Goodyear (30) have more starts in the Panther No. 4 car.

Vitor Meira Quote:

"It was a good run. Regardless of how we qualify we always seem to have a good result in the race. I have a feeling that no matter what that Lincoln Tech Panther car will be running at the front of the field during the race tomorrow. We don't have anything to lose. The other guys are fighting for a championship and we are trying to win a race. I think it's going to be a fun day, but it will be a tough race for everybody. The Panther team is looking forward to it."

-credit: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge , Scott Dixon , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing