Richmond: Panther Racing qualifying report

Panther Crew Overcomes Mechanical Issue, Helps Meira Earn 17th at Richmond Delphi National Guard Crew Replaces Rear End of Car and Puts Vitor in Ninth Row RICHMOND, VA. (June 27, 2008) -- Panther's Delphi National Guard team made the most of...

Panther Crew Overcomes Mechanical Issue, Helps Meira Earn 17th at Richmond
Delphi National Guard Crew Replaces Rear End of Car and Puts Vitor in Ninth Row

RICHMOND, VA. (June 27, 2008) -- Panther's Delphi National Guard team made the most of an unidentified mechanical issue early Friday at Richmond International Raceway, and helped put driver Vitor Meira in the 17th position for tomorrow night's SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Panther's No. 4 car experienced a mechanical problem during the first practice session that caused Meira's car to be so loose it was un-drivable for the IndyCar Series veteran. The team tore the back end apart in an attempt to find the problem before the second practice session of the day, but with just a handful of laps, the team realized the problem was unresolved.

After electing to replace the entire back end of his backup No. 4-T car and put it on the primary entry, Meira's car was repaired in time for qualifications. Meira had no practice laps with the changes, but still managed a solid qualification attempt.

Vitor's four-lap average was 163.849 mph, which consisted of laps of 162.926, 163.744, 164.238 and 164.497 mph. He will start on the inside of ninth row.

The SunTrust Indy Challenge will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8 p.m. (ET) tomorrow with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, IndyCar.com and XM Satellite Radio Channels 144 and 145.

Vitor Meira, No. 4 Delphi National Guard:

"Our speed doesn't look that great on the chart, but this was a great run for us. The Delphi National Guard crew spent the afternoon replacing the entire back end from the car because we had a mechanical issue. I feel like our first real laps of the day were our qualification laps. I'm proud of them and what they did for us today, and I want to pay them back with a good race tomorrow. Everybody at Panther enjoys racing at Richmond and we expect some good things tomorrow."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing