HOMESTEAD, FL Oct 1--A disappointed Vitor Meira climbed out of the cockpit of his ABC Supply Dallara after his qualifying run this afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He had expected so much more and with good reason. In the first ...
HOMESTEAD, FL Oct 1--A disappointed Vitor Meira climbed out of the cockpit of his ABC Supply Dallara after his qualifying run this afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
He had expected so much more and with good reason. In the first practice, Meira was ninth quick with a speed of 211.217mph, and he was in the top seven for much of the hour. Going into qualifying, he had expected to be in the top 10. Although he was the fifth driver to qualify, Meira knew the run was not what he thought it would be. He posted an average speed of 210.017 mph which put him 21st on the grid.
"A lot is about expectation, and we weren't expecting this," Meira said after qualifying. "We unloaded fast and we kept going fast in practice, all of a sudden we get to qualifying and the speed's not there. The car didn't change, it's good. We were on the bottom, on the white line, I really can't say much about that. We'll see what the set-down is and go from there. We have to focus on the race. The race can be very tricky. It's a very mechanical track, the tires go away, a lot of people will fade--that's what's going to happen. If the speed's not there we have to be smarter and take advantage by being consistent."
Dario Franchitti won the pole with a speed of 213.187mph. With the pole, Franchitti gained a point on IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Will Power, narrowing the gap to 11. Rounding out the top five in qualifying were: Scott Dixon, Power, Ryan Briscoe and Dan Wheldon.
The teams will have a final half-hour practice this evening to sort out their race set-ups for tomorrow evening's race. The Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 will be televised on Versus starting at 6pm ET.