IRL: Homestead: Panther Racing Friday report

Vitor Meira Completes First Practice Day in EcoNova Honda HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Panther driver Vitor Meira finished the first day of practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday. Meira, who finished seventh last season in the IndyCar Series...

Vitor Meira Completes First Practice Day in EcoNova Honda

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Panther driver Vitor Meira finished the first day of practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday. Meira, who finished seventh last season in the IndyCar Series points standings, finished 13th on the speed chart with a top lap of 212.718 mph, 25.1319 seconds. Vitor's day was cut short by a brief run-in with the Turn Three wall, but the Panther Pack will be quick and ready to go for practice at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

This Sunday will mark the start of the IndyCar Series' condensed 14-race schedule and Panther's run at its third league championship. The team is coming off a season where they won for the fifth time at Texas Motor Speedway -- most among IndyCar Series teams - and started from the pole on three occasions. The team's 15 career IndyCar Series victories ranks second on the series' all-time list, tied with Team Penske.

Coverage of the race starts Sunday at 3:45 p.m. (EST) on ABC with radio coverage available through the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio Channel 175.

Vitor Meira Quote:
"It's great to finally be preparing for a race out here with all the guys. Panther has a couple of the best engineers in the business working on all the data we collected today. I know the EcoNova Honda was great this morning and as hard as the Panther crew works, we're going to be very strong tomorrow. If there is any team in this paddock that can bounce back from a challenge, it's Panther Racing. We're going to be very fast during qualifications tomorrow and even better when the race gets here on Sunday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske