IRL: Milwaukee: Panther Racing race report

Meira Finishes 15th at Milwaukee Mile Revive Panther Racing Sets Sights on Michigan Next Weekend WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 23, 2006) -- Revive Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira continued to run at the front of the IndyCar Series field Sunday at...

Meira Finishes 15th at Milwaukee Mile

Revive Panther Racing Sets Sights on Michigan Next Weekend

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 23, 2006) -- Revive Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira continued to run at the front of the IndyCar Series field Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile until an accident on Lap 137 ended the team's day in 15th-place.

Meira, who started the day in fifth -- his best qualification effort of the season -- picked his way up to third by lap 57 after slipping two spots at the drop of the green flag.

After falling to seventh on Lap Three, Vitor made another charge to the front. He got past Jeff Simmons and Tomas Scheckter by Lap 12 and set his sights on the leaders from the Marlboro Team Penske and Andretti Green Racing stables. Meira ducked under Sam Hornish Jr. for fourth place and then moved past Helio Castroneves for third by just the 58th lap of the race.

After the team's first pit stop and two caution flag periods the Panther Pack remained in third place and started to reel in eventual winner Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti. As Meira entered the track's third turn on Lap 137 the Dallara unexpectedly spun and hit the outside retaining wall. It marked only the second DNF for the team this season.

Panther remains in fifth place in the IndyCar Series standings, and is now tied with Kanaan with four races remaining on the schedule.

The team travels to Michigan International Speedway next weekend for the Michigan Indy 400.

Vitor Meira Quote:

"We're still looking at the data. We really don't know what happened. Regardless of the cause of the accident, it's a shame. We were saving fuel in the Revive Panther car and I could keep up with Tony (Kanaan) and Dario (Franchitti) with no problem. The Panther guys gave me one of the best cars I've had all season. We're still in it and it's time to focus on Michigan."

-www.pantherracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Jeff Simmons , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske