IRL: Iowa: Panther Racing qualifying report

Meira Starts 13th, Matsuura 16th NEWTON, Iowa. (June 23, 2007) -- In IndyCar Series qualifications for the Iowa Corn Growers Indy 250 presented by Ethanol, Panther drivers Vitor Meira and Kosuke Matsuura qualified 13th and 16th, ...

Meira Starts 13th, Matsuura 16th

NEWTON, Iowa. (June 23, 2007) -- In IndyCar Series qualifications for the Iowa Corn Growers Indy 250 presented by Ethanol, Panther drivers Vitor Meira and Kosuke Matsuura qualified 13th and 16th, respectively.

Meira qualified his No. 4 Delphi Panther Honda in the 13th position with a top time of 17.7932 seconds, 180.878 mph.

Matsuura, who is coming of his best result with Panther Racing -- ninth place at Texas Motor Speedway -- qualified 16th with a top speed of 180.221 mph, 17.8581 seconds.

The Iowa Corn Growers Indy 250 presented by Ethanol will be broadcast live on ABC this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. (EST) with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio Channels 144 and 145.

Vitor Meira:

"We were certainly hoping to be a little better in the Delphi car, but everybody qualified so close together. My car was a little twitchy, like it's supposed to be in qualifications, but we were a little down on speed. The good thing is that I was happy in our last practice and the car was very quick. The racing here is going to be intense so we'll going to have our work cut out for us in qualifications."

Kosuke Matsuura:

"I am not satisfied with my qualifying time but it was just so hard to get the speed. It seems like weather tomorrow will be very different from today so we will just do our best and concentrate on moving up the position. It would be like a survival race tomorrow."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing