Kansas: Panther Racing qualifying notes

Confident Meira Set to Start 10th at Kansas Speedway Vitor Quick All Day; Expects Big Things in Tomorrow's Race Kansas, Kan. (April 26, 2008) -- Vitor Meira's confidence level has reached an all-time high at Kansas Speedway, where the Delphi ...

Confident Meira Set to Start 10th at Kansas Speedway
Vitor Quick All Day; Expects Big Things in Tomorrow's Race

Kansas, Kan. (April 26, 2008) -- Vitor Meira's confidence level has reached an all-time high at Kansas Speedway, where the Delphi National Guard driver has historically exhibited some of his best performances. He qualified 10th with a four-lap average of 211.843 mph on the 1.5-mile oval Saturday, putting Panther's veteran driver on the outside of row five.

This is Meira's first Top Ten start of the season.

After two strong practice sessions in the morning, where Vitor was Top Five on the speed chart, the confidence level for Panther and its driver are high. Knowing his racecar was going to be better than his qualification effort, Meira is keeping his focus on tomorrow's 200-lap event, where he will have his best chance thus far to visit victory lane in 2008.

Kansas Speedway has been the site of some of Meira's career highlights; he was involved in the second closest finish in IndyCar Series history here in 2004 when he battled with then-teammate Buddy Rice and the following season he made a dramatic three-wide move on Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon that highlighted one of the most thrilling finishes in league history.

Panther finished in second place in both 2001 and 2002 at Kansas with Sam Hornish, Jr. and collected a podium here with Meira in 2006. Vitor has three podium finishes (one second place, two third place finishes) in his five career starts here.

In seven starts, Panther had led 137 laps on the 1.5-mile oval.

The RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 with be broadcast live on ESPN2, indycar.com, IMS Radio Network and XM Channel 145 and XM Nation Channel 144.

Vitor Meira, No. 4 Delphi National Guard Honda Dallara: "I'm just so excited for this race because our car is awesome. We have had a few struggles on the 1.5-mile ovals early in the year, but Panther has always been great at Kansas. This is a track I really feel comfortable with, and it helps so much when the car is this great. We're confident. Every change we've made has made the Delphi National Guard car faster and we're going to challenge the front of the field tomorrow."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornis , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing