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Zack Meyer Qualifies Eighth For Hometown Grand Prix Of Toronto
Posted by: newsla on Jul 20, 2014 - 05:43 AM
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Zack Meyer Qualifies Eighth For Hometown Grand Prix Of Toronto


Steady progress and positivity has been the theme of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto weekend thus far for Canadian Zack Meyer, a theme that was ever-present throughout today’s qualifying session. Following two practice sessions that saw Meyer finish tenth and ninth, respectively, the Innisfil, Ont., native and his #2 TMR/DAMIS PARTNERS III/Innisfil Indy Karting/Xtreme Coil Drilling team had high hopes. With the set-up nailed down, it was all down to Meyer to put all of the pieces together on-track.

 

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When qualifying commenced, a steady drizzle fell from the skies above Toronto. However, all the teams were able to run the entire session on slick tires. Team Moore Racing elected to start the session on scuffed slick tires, a decision that allowed Meyer to post an early quick lap under less-than-ideal conditions. Meyer at one point was up to second and was a consistent fixture in the top six. However, the other drivers quickly began bettering their times while Meyer’s lap times began to gradually fall off with increased tire wear.

When Meyer pitted for fresh Cooper Tire rubber, he was able to slowly work his way back up the order. However, with two red flags for Gabby Chaves stopped on track and Juan Piedrahita crashing in Turn 8, Meyer was never able to fully take advantage of new tires. Thus, Meyer was able to post a best lap of 1:07.6314, which was good enough for eighth on the grid.

“The car felt really good, I was happy with the balance and I really felt like I could have done a mid-66 second lap if we’d had more green time and if we’d been able to use two sets of sticker tires instead of one,” Meyer relayed after the session. “I finally was able to master the last four corners and picked up a lot of speed there, so I feel good heading into tomorrow. If I can get the same kind of start I got at Indy (on the road course) then I think we will be in good shape and I can make up lots of positions tomorrow. Now it’s time to go out and keep pushing and try and make it on the podium here in my hometown of Toronto.”

The only Canadian racing full-time in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field will take the green flag for the 45-lap Grand Prix of Toronto on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. EDT. The television broadcast will air on NBC Sports Network on a tape-delayed basis Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

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