Motegi: Panther Racing preview

Panther Looks to Tackle Japan's Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday Meira Looks For Strong Oval Run Before Returning to the USA Motegi, Japan -- Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira is ready to turn his fortunes around this weekend at Twin Ring...

Panther Looks to Tackle Japan's Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday
Meira Looks For Strong Oval Run Before Returning to the USA

Motegi, Japan -- Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira is ready to turn his fortunes around this weekend at Twin Ring Motegi in the Indy Japan 300, where the IndyCar Series is set for its third race of the young season. Meira, who earned a 10th place finish at Homestead in the season's opening race, only to have a Top Five run ruined in St. Petersburg, is hoping that the Japan-based 1.5-mile oval will be the site of a run of good fortune.

While Panther's best result at Motegi was a sixth-place run by Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2003, the team nearly had the race won in 2005 with Tomas Scheckter, who ran out of fuel as he prepared to take the white flag as the race leader.

Vitor Meira:

"I always enjoy coming to Japan for this race. Everybody at Twin Ring Motegi and all the good people at Honda always treat us so well while we're here, it really helps make this entire trip a great experience. Delphi always brings a lot of guests to this race and I know our friends with the National Guard will be watching from home, so the entire Panther team has put in a lot of work to make sure we get a good result in the No. 4 car. Panther came one lap short of winning this race a few years ago, so I hope we can put everything together for a good result this weekend."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Vitor Meira
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