Meira Matches Best Start of Season in Kansas Panther Driver Equals Efforts at Richmond and Indianapolis KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 1, 2006) -- Panther driver Vitor Meira matched his best qualification effort of the season after posting the sixth...
Meira Matches Best Start of Season in Kansas
Panther Driver Equals Efforts at Richmond and Indianapolis
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 1, 2006) -- Panther driver Vitor Meira matched his best qualification effort of the season after posting the sixth quickest lap of the day at Kansas Speedway. Meira will roll off on the outside of the third row and equaled his starting position from last weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway and his second row start in the 90th Indianapolis 500.
Vitor's top lap was 212.146 mph, 25.7936 seconds.
Panther enters tomorrow's Kansas Lottery Indy 300 in fifth place in the IndyCar Series points standings, just 25 points behind the race pole sitter Dan Wheldon. Meira has finished runner-up in two of his last three starts (Watkins Glen and Richmond) and sixth at Texas. He is currently on a streak of six consecutive Top Ten finishes, the longest active stretch among the league's drivers.
Meira qualified third the past two seasons at Kansas in races where he finished second (2004) and third (2005). The 29-year-old Brazilian has lost the past two races here by a combined two feet. He led 37 laps during the 2004 event. This will be his fourth start at the 1.5-mile oval.
Panther Racing is having a major team announcement tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Kansas Speedway Media Center. The announcement will feature team co-owner John Barnes, Support Engineer Brent "Woody" Harvey and another special guest.
The Kansas Lottery Indy 300 will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. (EDT) on ABC, with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio Channel 145.
Vitor Meira Quote:
"We were quickest in the last practice session but the wind changed on us before we qualified. My entry in three was where we felt it the most and we were long on all the gears. Still, this is the best start we've had all season and we're happy about that. The main thing was the wind, whoever took that into account is leading and everybody that didn't was hurting. Even though we thought we'd be a little better this is still the best start of the year and we're really happy about that. This is a quick fix and we know we've got a great racecar tomorrow."