Viso Takes Meira Out of Watkins Glen Race, Forces Panther to 22nd Mobile Hazard Penalized for Running Meira Off Track WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 6, 2008) -- E.J. Viso didn't do anything Sunday to help his reputation as the most dangerous ...
Viso Takes Meira Out of Watkins Glen Race, Forces Panther to 22nd
Mobile Hazard Penalized for Running Meira Off Track
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 6, 2008) -- E.J. Viso didn't do anything Sunday to help his reputation as the most dangerous and unpredictable driver in the IndyCar Series during the Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen, where the HVM driver forced Panther driver Vitor Meira off the track and into a crash in the tire barriers.
The accident put Meira into a 22nd-place finish, as the team prepares to head to Nashville Superspeedway next Saturday night. Viso was penalized for "avoidable contact" following the incident and finished tenth, while the Panther team repairs the damage from his actions.
Prior to the incident, Meira had used a fast racecar and pit strategy to move from this 10th-place starting position into the lead of the 60-lap event. After the start of the race, Meira ducked into the pits during the first caution period of the day and took fuel only while a majority of the leaders stayed on the track. Team owner John Barnes' pit call worked out perfectly for the team as Meira climbed into the lead of the race on Lap 21. He led for four laps until coming in for fuel and tires on Lap 25.
As the race progressed, Meira had moved into sixth place on Lap 38 when Viso attempted to pass the No. 4 car in Turn Eight. Vitor left room for the driver of the No. 33, but he continued to push Meira up the track and finally completely off the road and hard into the tire barriers.
The race winner was Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was followed by Darren Manning and Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan, who bounced back from an accident and subsequent hand injury during morning warm-up.
Vitor Meira, No. 4 Delphi National Guard:
(On the incident) "Viso just took me out. It's that simple. He's a driver that everybody out here has had a problem with, and it's about time the Indy Racing League does something about it. He's dangerous. He's caused problems on oval tracks and now he's causing problems on road courses. I feel bad for the Delphi National Guard guys because the car was so good and somebody like him just screws it up for all of us."