Watkins Glen: Panther Racing qualifying report

Vitor Qualifies Tenth at Watkins Glen in Delphi National Guard Honda WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 5, 2008) -- After advancing to the second round of qualifications Saturday at Watkins Glen International, Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira ...

Vitor Qualifies Tenth at Watkins Glen in Delphi National Guard Honda

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 5, 2008) -- After advancing to the second round of qualifications Saturday at Watkins Glen International, Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira narrowly missed the Firestone Fast Six and instead will settle on the tenth start position for tomorrow's Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen.

With an increase in car count and the overall level of competition in the IndyCar Series following unification, Meira and his Panther team were satisfied with their qualification effort. Meira's best lap in the second session was a 134.625 mph, 1:30.1127 lap, which was nearly identical to the speed he ran in the first knockout session -- 134.628 mph, 1:30.1152 seconds. Accurately, Meira felt he had taken everything he could out of the car.

This will be Meira's fifth Top Ten start of the season, and Panther's driver has already earned one Top Five and three Top Ten finishes this season. In three starts at Watkins Glen he has collected one podium result and has started inside the Top Ten in each of his races here.

Last season, Panther collected an eighth place finish with Kosuke Matsuura in the same race where Meira was leading prior to a fuel pressure issue.

Vitor Meira, No. 4 Delphi National Guard:

"I felt like that was about all we had in our car. We made a few changes during the qualifications to see if we could squeeze everything out of it, but we're happy with where we're starting. It would have been nice to start closer to the front, but there are a lot of great drivers and teams out here, and that makes it a bigger challenge for us. It's better for the fans too. The racecar is good and I feel like we're ready to make a run for it tomorrow."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing