IRL: Milwaukee: Panther Racing qualifying report

Panther's Matsuura Qualifies Sixth at Milwaukee Mile Japanese Driver Has Best Qualification Effort of Season; Meira to Start Ninth WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 2, 2007) -- Super Aguri Panther Racing driver Kosuke Matsuura had his best qualification...

Panther's Matsuura Qualifies Sixth at Milwaukee Mile
Japanese Driver Has Best Qualification Effort of Season; Meira to Start Ninth

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 2, 2007) -- Super Aguri Panther Racing driver Kosuke Matsuura had his best qualification effort of the season Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile, when he set the sixth quickest lap time during qualifications.

Delphi Panther driver Vitor Meira will start in ninth place, with a top lap speed of 166.981 mph, 21.8827 seconds.

Meira, who was the pole winner here in 2004, will start on the inside of row five. Vitor finished fifth here in 2004 and was ninth a year later. In his first year with Panther at the Mile last season, the team qualified fifth and was running in the top three before and accident in turn three ended their day in 15th position.

Matsuura posted a top lap time of 167.467 mph, 21.8199 seconds. Kosuke's previous best qualification effort at the Mile was 15th position last season and he recorded a career-best 10th here during his rookie season of 2004.

Vitor Meira:
"The wind today keeps changing and that's what affected us during qualifications. We've been quick all day and we're not worried about tomorrow. I could have used some more front wing during our run. Like I said, the Delphi car is good and its fast, just like it was last year. It was just the aero balance causing a problem because of the wind. I really like Milwaukee and tomorrow should be a lot of fun."

Kosuke Matsuura:
"I really want to thank my team for a great job. The weather was unstable and it was hard to read the wind directions but I am so glad that we were able to get the 6th starting position. I've heard that Panther Racing is strong at short oval and I am so happy to be able to prove that with a great crew. Some people don't think I am strong at short oval so I want to prove to them that they are wrong tomorrow. I am looking forward to the race."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing