Zack Meyer Learns Key Lessons in Long Beach 100
 April 16, 2014| 
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Long Beach, Calif. – Despite qualifying 11th, Canadian Zack Meyer was optimistic that he could improve his position during today’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Long Beach 100 on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. That optimism was well-founded, as Meyer displayed consistent pace throughout the race, despite only improving one position to 10th over the course of the 45-lap event. Meyer was able to pull off a bold inside pass of his Team Moore Racing teammate, Vittorio Ghirellli, on Lap 20 before pushing forward to close the gap to the drivers ahead of him.

Meyer was able to turn the seventh-fastest lap of the race in his #2 TMR/DAMIS PARTNERS III/Innisfil Indy Karting/Xtreme Coil Drilling car while pursuing Scott Anderson, the ninth-place finisher. Meyer was able to trim a five-second gap down to just a few tenths of a second, but despite harrying Anderson for a number of laps was unable to further advance his position.

“We had a pretty decent race, even if we weren’t able to finish higher than we did in St. Pete,” reflected Meyer. “Vittorio and I were both driving really well, and I was able to make the pass on him, simple enough. Scott had more straight-line speed and I couldn’t make the pass work. To try and out-brake him meant there was a chance of taking both of us out, depending on how he reacted. It wasn’t worth it to lose more positions and points.”

“Tenth isn’t where we want to be, but at least we finished. We will go out in Barber and do our very best to be on the podium. The team and I definitely have what it takes.”

After two races of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition, Meyer currently sits 10th in the championship with 44 points, just six points out of ninth and 10 points out of sixth.

The only Canadian in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field returns to action April 25-27 for the first doubleheader weekend of the season at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala.

About Zack Meyer:
A homegrown racer from Toronto, Ont., Meyer began his racing career in karting at Innisfil Indy Karting. Meyer’s racing career blossomed under the tutelage of his driver coach and manager, Joe Launi. With both the support of his mother and Launi, Meyer went on to become one of the top karters for the ultra-competitive GP Racing Karts team, participating in and winning numerous KZ2 Shifter Kart events. Meyer claimed the championship for the Brian Stewart BSRKC-F125/ICC Shifter class in both 2009 and 2010, only to follow those up by claiming the championship in the KZ2 Class in the Florida Winter Tour in 2011 and 2012. Meyer made his debut in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2012 with JDC MotorSports before moving to the series full-time in 2013. Meyer posted a best finish of fourth in his home race, the Honda Indy Toronto, on his way to finishing the year as the highest-placed JDC MotorSports driver in the championship with sixth in the championship standings. For 2014, Meyer steps up to the top rung on the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, with race-winning Team Moore Racing.

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