VITOR MEIRA TO START 14TH IN INDY JAPAN 300 MOTEGI, JAPAN (Sep 18)--Driving the ABC Supply No. 14, Vitor Meira will start 14th in the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. The race will be televised live tonight, Saturday evening, starting at 11pm...
VITOR MEIRA TO START 14TH IN INDY JAPAN 300
MOTEGI, JAPAN (Sep 18)--Driving the ABC Supply No. 14, Vitor Meira will start 14th in the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. The race will be televised live tonight, Saturday evening, starting at 11pm Eastern Time.
Meira's two-lap average speed around the 1.5 mile oval was 197.9mph. In the opening practice, Meira was 21st on the score chart but the team made significant improvements for the second practice and Meira came in at 12th quick.
"Qualifying was okay, I think if we had two optimal laps, I might have improved one position," said Meira. "The problem was when we unloaded the car, it wasn't very comfortable. Maybe Jeff [Britton, chief engineer] went a little too far on being aggressive on the setup so the car was very, very loose. We spent all day trying to solve that. Throughout the second practice we made a lot of changes, made a lot of progress and improved the car a lot."
With two one-hour sessions of practice before qualifying, there was no final practice after qualifying so the second session was used as the team's final practice for race setup once Meira was comfortable with the car.
"I really like the car for the race," Meira said. "I'm happy that we were able to recover because usually if you unload not so good with these cars, you don't find the answers quickly enough during the weekend. I've heard a lot of people complaining about their cars. I ran in traffic quite a while in the second practice and the car was good in traffic so I'm not concerned about that at all. In fact, I'm hopeful for the race that we will come home with a good result and gain points on the top 10!"
Fast all day, Team Penske swept the top three spots in qualifying with Helio Castroneves winning the pole with a speed of 201.9mph. Ryan Briscoe, Will Power, Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti rounded out the top five.
There will be a Re-Air of the race on Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time.