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Meira hoping to turn Chicagoland finale into open tryout

The Silly Season moves came at a rapid pace in the IndyCar Series in recent weeks. When the music stopped, popular Vitor Meira was left without a seat -- for now, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: September 6, 2008, 9:07 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- There's plenty at stake at the top of the standings for Sunday's IndyCar Series finale at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), with Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves in contention for a championship.

But the driver of the Panther Racing No. 4 won't approach the 1.5-mile oval with any less purpose than the title combatants. For Vitor Meira, this is partly a farewell, partly a 300-mile job interview after a flurry of silly-season developments that ...

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