Panther Qualifies Both Drivers on Second Day at Indianapolis Matsuura Qualifies 17th; Meira to Roll off 19th INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- (May 12, 2007) - Panther Racing drivers Vitor Meira and Kosuke Matsuura completed successful qualification...
Panther Qualifies Both Drivers on Second Day at Indianapolis
Matsuura Qualifies 17th; Meira to Roll off 19th
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- (May 12, 2007) - Panther Racing drivers Vitor Meira and Kosuke Matsuura completed successful qualification runs during the second day of qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. After making attempts on Pole Day, both Panther pilots are now safely in the field for the 91st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Matsuura's No. 55 Panasonic Panther Honda put together the quickest four-lap average on the team, at 222.595 mph. He will start in the middle of the sixth row on May 27th. The former Indy 500 and IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year is now prepared to make his fourth career start in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Meira will start the race on the inside of row seven after his Delphi Panther team qualified Sunday with a four-lap average of 222.333 mph. Vitor finished 10th in the race last year, his first Indy 500 attempt with Panther Racing. His best career finish at IMS is second place, a feat he achieved in 2005 while driving for Rahal-Letterman Racing.
"It feels good to get done with qualifying. Now let's go race. I think we have the car secure enough to go and race. Forget about qualifying and to go to what matters. Historically, not only with me but even with previous drivers, Delphi Panther Racing has been really strong during the race. The mistake we did last year we focused a lot on qualifying and did not pay much attention to the race."
"It was my first time to come back for the second qualifying day but I think we did okay today. It would've been better if we could get front starting position but I am not so concerned about my starting position. When we come back for next practice day, I would like to find a good race setup and hopefully have a car that could move up to the front in the race."