Meira to Team with Lowe's Fernandez Racing in Season Finale SONOMA, Calif. (August 24, 2006) -- IndyCar Series talent Vitor Meira will join the Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld for the Grand American Rolex...
Meira to Team with Lowe's Fernandez Racing in Season Finale
SONOMA, Calif. (August 24, 2006) -- IndyCar Series talent Vitor Meira will join the Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' Discount Tire Sunchaser at Miller Motorsports Park on September 2. The nine-hour endurance race will be held on the 4.5-mile, 24-turn road course at the state-of-the-art facility located near Salt Lake City, Utah, and will close the books on the 2006 Rolex Series racing season.
"We are very excited to have a driver of Vitor's caliber join us for the season finale," said Fernandez. "I've been impressed with his accomplishments in the IndyCar Series, and know he will be an asset in helping us to put the #12 Lowe's Pontiac Riley back in Victory Lane. Vitor and Mario have a history together, and I am looking forward to working with him. He's a genuinely nice guy who will really fit in with the team."
Meira, 29, from Brasilia, Brazil, is in his fifth season of IndyCar Series competition. He currently sits fifth in the championship standings driving the #4 Lincoln Tech entry for Panther Racing, and is one of six drivers still in contention in the series' title chase. Meira owns several wins in sports car competition including the Six Hours of Fortaleza and Three Hours of Fortaleza in his homeland, and is a two-time class winner in the Brazilian 1000 Miles sports car race.
"I remember watching Adrian race when I was still racing in Brazil, and it is a pleasure and a surprise to team up with him because I never thought I could," said Meira. "I have known Mario for a long time and we were neighbors in England, so I am looking forward to the race. From what I've heard, these cars are a lot of fun to drive and the racing is really competitive. My goal is to do the work that the team deserves, and obviously that means trying to win. I know that I have a lot to learn about the car, and I'm looking forward to working with Adrian and Mario to learn what to do and what not to do. My primary goal is to be consistent and not make any mistakes and the rest will take care of itself."
Lowe's Fernandez Racing has visited the Winner's Circle twice in its maiden season of Rolex Series competition with a victory at Mid-Ohio and qualifying race win at Phoenix. In the past six events, Fernandez and Haberfeld have notched three top-five finishes, and will be looking to add to that tally this weekend as the Rolex Series heads to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
"For sure it will be a lot of fun having Vitor join us, but he also brings a lot of talent to the team," added Haberfeld. "Vitor will definitely add to the strong program we have in place heading into this endurance race, and it would be great to end the season with a win."