Meira Overcomes Mechanical Mishap, Finishes 19th at Edmonton Delphi National Guard Team Helps Driver Gain Positions in Final Half of Event EDMONTON, Canada. (July 26, 2008) -- Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira made the most of his race...
Meira Overcomes Mechanical Mishap, Finishes 19th at Edmonton
Delphi National Guard Team Helps Driver Gain Positions in Final Half of Event
EDMONTON, Canada. (July 26, 2008) -- Delphi National Guard driver Vitor Meira made the most of his race Saturday afternoon in the Rexall Edmonton Indy, where Panther's driver overcame an early mechanical problem to finish in 19th position. Meira's Panther teammates had to pull his car behind the pit wall after contact with the tire barriers to fix the problem, and then promptly sent Vitor back on the race course, where he was able to make up valuable positions in the final half of the race.
Meira started 16th, but lost several positions at the start, as a mechanical problem was causing his No. 4 car to pull to the left under braking. He maintained in contention during the event, but as the problem worsened, Vitor finally was unable to turn the car and it spun into the tire barriers near the entrance to the pit lane. The Panther crew raced down pit lane, where Meira's car had been pulled behind the wall, to fix the suspension damage.
The team re-entered the race in 25th position, but six laps behind the lead pack. The team's veteran driver was still able to gain positions as other competitors dropped out of the race. In the final five laps of the event, Vitor gained two positions as he passed Mario Moraes (on the same lap as Meira) and Marty Roth (who spun just before the white flag) to secure the 19th position.
The team drops one position in the IndyCar Series point standings, and is currently in 15th spot. Today's event marked the first non-oval race of the season in which Meira did not lead a lap.
Vitor Meira, No. 4 Delphi National Guard:
"We had something wrong from the start of the race because everytime I pressed on the brake the car pulled way to the left. I could feel it from the first lap. It kept getting worse and finally it got me into the tire barriers when I had the wheel completely locked to the right and it wouldn't turn in. The Delphi National Guard guys fixed the car really quickly behind the pit wall and once we got back out there I felt like we were running pretty good. I didn't want to affect anybody that was running for position in the race, but we were still able to gain several spots on our own. We'll move on and get back at it in Kentucky."