IRL: Milwaukee: Panther Racing qualifying report

Meira Grabs Best Qualification Spot of Season at Milwaukee Revive Panther Driver Will Start Fifth at One-Mile Oval WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 22, 2006) -- Revive Panther Racing's run of strong results continued on Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile ...

Meira Grabs Best Qualification Spot of Season at Milwaukee
Revive Panther Driver Will Start Fifth at One-Mile Oval

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 22, 2006) -- Revive Panther Racing's run of strong results continued on Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile as driver Vitor Meira captured his best qualification effort of the season. Vitor will start in fifth, one better than his previous season-best of sixth, where he started at Indianapolis, Richmond and Kansas.

After finishing in the Top Five during both days of practice, Meira followed up his impressive weekend with a solid run in qualifications. He will start on the inside of the third row after he turned a quick lap of 170.804 mph, 21.3929 seconds.

Meira will attempt to extend two of the longest running streaks in the IndyCar Series this weekend. He is the current leader in consecutive Top Fives (three) and Top Tens (eight). His eight Top Ten finishes are the most of any driver during the 2006 season, and equals the total number the No. 4 car had in 17 races last season.

While Vitor has led Panther Racing's revival this year, he is also on one of the best streaks of his career. After coming over from Rahal-Letterman Racing, where he spent the past two seasons, Meira is poised to get his best finish in the championship. He stands solidly in fifth place with five races to go. Last year he finished seventh in the points standings. The league veteran, who made his debut in the series in 2002, is knocking on the door of his first victory and appears to be the favorite this season to be the first non-Penske or Ganassi car to win a race in 2006.

Sunday will mark his 55th start in the IndyCar Series, and his previous 54 starts have included 20 Top Five and 35 Top Ten finishes. Four of his last five starts have been podium finishes.

The ABC Supply Co./ A.J. Foyt Indy 225 will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio Channel 145.

Vitor Meira Quote:

"I think we got everything out of the Revive Panther car that we could. We trimmed it as much as possible and I was hanging on like it's supposed to be at Milwaukee. I think we're the most trimmed out car here. Now we're going to put on more downforce and get ready for the last practice. We really did everything on the car that we could and we couldn't have taken any more off the car. I know the racecar is going to be awesome."

-www.pantherracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing