IRL: Kansas: Panther Racing qualifying report

Meira Qualifies Eighth at Kansas; Matsuura Close Behind in Twelfth KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 28, 2007) -- Delphi Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira will start eighth tomorrow in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300, and teammate Kosuke Matsuura was just a...

Meira Qualifies Eighth at Kansas; Matsuura Close Behind in Twelfth

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 28, 2007) -- Delphi Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira will start eighth tomorrow in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300, and teammate Kosuke Matsuura was just a few hundredths of a second behind his teammate in twelfth place. It was a solid effort from the Panther team, who spent a frantic two days in the Indianapolis race shop preparing for this weekend.

Meira started sixth here a year ago and finished on the podium in third place, his third consecutive Top Three finish at Kansas. For Matsuura, the starting position is no concern because of how tight the field is from positions eight to fifteen. He finished eighth at Kansas last season after starting fifth.

Meira's top lap was 211.834 mph, 25.8315 seconds, while Matsuura was just behind at 211.502 mph, 25.8721 seconds.

The Kansas Lottery Indy 300 will be broadcast live on ESPN2 this Sunday at 4:30 p.m., with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio channels 145 and 144. Fans can also log onto www.indycar.com during practice and qualifying sessions to keep up on all the action, including a live video feed from the track.

Vitor Meira:

"This was our best time of the day. The Delphi Panther team keeps improving. I'm sure the race setup will be great, and we've had a good run today. Everybody has worked so hard the past week to get this car ready, I think tomorrow I will get them a good reward. We are competitive and will be even more competitive tomorrow. We're going to work hard to get a win."

Kosuke Matsuura:

"The Panasonic team worked hard this week. Twelfth isn't bad considering how small the gap is between Vitor and I. The track condition wasn't great when I did my run because I was one of the first drivers to go. Our goal is to finish the race and get some of the points we need."

IPS Note: In the Indy Pro Series, Super Aguri Panther driver finished third in the open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a top time of 189.594 mph.

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing