EDMONTON, Canada July 24-- Vitor Meira will start 23rd in the ABC Supply Dallara/Honda Sunday afternoon as the IZOD IndyCar Series wraps up its swing through Canada with the Honda Indy Edmonton race. Will Power won the pole position. "It's not a...
EDMONTON, Canada July 24-- Vitor Meira will start 23rd in the ABC Supply Dallara/Honda Sunday afternoon as the IZOD IndyCar Series wraps up its swing through Canada with the Honda Indy Edmonton race. Will Power won the pole position.
"It's not a weekend we were expecting to be honest," Meira said immediately after the first round of qualifying. "We came out of Toronto with a decent result, it wasn't an optimum weekend there but we learned a bunch of things. We unloaded here and it wasn't good, we have been chasing --maybe even-- a moving target here. We don't know where to pinpoint where the problem is. We're trying things, very aggressive things. We're going through every piece of information we have, but so far, we have not figured out what we can improve. We're talking about a second here so it's not a small detail. Maybe it's a lot of small things or one big thing but we'll keep our heads down and keep working. We still have one practice left to get it right."
As it turned out for qualifying, it was a big thing.
"We knew something went wrong in qualifying but weren't sure what," said team owner A.J. Foyt. "We found out when we went through the car and took everything apart, that one of the new shocks that had been working well had blown a seal, so for Vitor the car was running on just one rear shock instead of two. It's a rare thing to happen."
The bumpy airport circuit took its toll on shocks and cars -- several drivers found the tire barriers over the past two days and nearly everyone had an off-track excursion at least once.
The teams have a warm-up session Sunday morning to make final tweaks to the race set-ups.