IRL: Watkins Glen: Panther Racing preview

Panther Racing Hits The Road at Watkins Glen International Raceway Panther Driver Vitor Meira Finished Second in 2006 Event WATKINS GLEN, NY. (July 5, 2007) -- Panther Racing enters this weekend's Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix with ...

Panther Racing Hits The Road at Watkins Glen International Raceway
Panther Driver Vitor Meira Finished Second in 2006 Event

WATKINS GLEN, NY. (July 5, 2007) -- Panther Racing enters this weekend's Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix with hopes of finishing just one spot higher than they did just a season ago. Delphi Panther driver Vitor Meira finished second at The Glen last year, the first of three second-place results he had for the team, and teammate Kosuke Matsuura hopes to improve upon the sixth-place finish he had here in 2005.

Meira is coming off consecutive ninth-place finishes at Iowa and Richmond, and Matsuura is looking to rebound on the familiar road course territory. Matsuura's result here in 2005 was tied for his season-best that year and he hopes to get back on track at one of the nation's most historic road courses.

Vitor is currently in ninth position in the IndyCar Series points standings and has collected three Top Five and seven Top Ten results in nine starts this season. Matsuura recorded his best finish of the season last month at Texas Motor Speedway, where he finished ninth.

Meira's effort last season was Panther's strongest finish at Watkins Glen.

The Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 (EST) with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network at XM Satellite Radio channels 144 and 145.

Vitor Meira:

"I'm excited to get back on a road course and especially Watkins Glen because we were so good here last year. This was the race that really got our season going in the right direction and hopefully that can be the case this year too. We've had a little bad luck the last few races but we've still managed Top Ten results, so that is good for us. But we're all in this to win races and that is our goal this weekend."

Kosuke Matsuura:

"Watkins Glen is a fun track and I'm happy to be back here. It will be good to get back on a road course track because it didn't go very well for us in St. Pete and I want to get back out there. We had a little bit more back luck in Richmond and we're looking for any way to turn that around, and I hope that is this weekend. The Panasonic guys have been working very hard and I'm thankful for that."

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