IRL: Team Rahal names Meira for Motegi third car

Team Rahal Announces Vitor Meira To Drive Its Third Entry at Japan Meira Joins Rice and Yasukawa For Team's Three-Car Assault at Motegi HILLIARD, Ohio - Team Rahal announced today that young driver Vitor Meira will drive the Ohio-based...

Team Rahal Announces Vitor Meira To Drive Its Third Entry at Japan
Meira Joins Rice and Yasukawa For Team's Three-Car Assault at Motegi

HILLIARD, Ohio - Team Rahal announced today that young driver Vitor Meira will drive the Ohio-based team's third car for the Japan Indy 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on April 15-17 in Round Three of the 2004 IRL IndyCar® Series.

Meira, who turns 27 Saturday, will join drivers Buddy Rice and Roger Yasukawa in the first three-car entry for Team Rahal in the IndyCar Series. Meira will drive the No. 17 Honda-powered G-Force car with Rice in the No. 15 Pioneer/Argent Mortgage Honda G- Force and Yasukawa in the No. 16 Sammy Honda G-Force.

Meira, a Brasilia, Brazil native, comes to Team Rahal with IRL experience in 14 races in 2002 and 2003 driving for Team Menard. Meira won the pole position in the second 2002 Texas Motor Speedway event (September 13, 2002 at 221.594 m.p.h.) and finished a career-high third in the Sept. 15, 2002 race at Texas in his fourth IRL start. Meira, a former open-wheel champion in South America and Formula 3000 veteran, has recorded four Top Ten finishes in his 14 IRL starts.

"We are pleased to bring Vitor into our Team Rahal driver lineup," said Bobby Rahal, Team Rahal co-owner with partner Dave Letterman. "Vitor is a talented young driver who was impressive in his performances previously in the IndyCar Series. I believe he will work well with Buddy and Roger at Motegi as we look to collect our first victory in the league."

"I'm very excited to drive for Team Rahal," said Meira, who'll make his first start at the 1.5-mile oval north of Tokyo next month. "This team has been one of the best in open- wheel racing for many years and I'm looking forward to working with the organization. Driving with Honda power is a big plus for me, too. I'm eager to get to Motegi."

Team Rahal will announce plans for the Indy 500 and other upcoming IRL events in the future.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Roger Yasukawa , Buddy Rice , Vitor Meira