Vitor Meira and the ABC Supply team are in their third season together and making their second appearance in the Sao Paulo Indy 300. In the 2010 event, Meira finished 3rd for his best showing of the season. He was also the top-finishing Brazilian driver. This year, following his 9th place finish in the Long Beach Grand Prix, he is 10th in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings.
Congratulations to Vitor and Adrianna Meira on birth of their daughter Juliana! Adriana Schettini Meira gave birth to Juliana on April 24th (Easter Sunday) at 6:43 a.m. in a Miami hospital. The newborn weighed in at 6.6 lbs. and measured 19.3 inches in length. Juliana will have a big sister in Luiza, age 7, who is Adriana's daughter by her first marriage.
Vitor on birth of his daughter: "What a unique experience! You think you know what it will mean to you but you really don't until it happens. To try to put it into words, I really can't. All I can say is that I highly recommend the experience because it is sooo cool." Changed a diaper yet? "I tried to but I was interrupted because I was doing something wrong--but I will keep trying. Adriana's mother is here for another week and my mother is staying until July, so we'll have plenty of help."
Meira on returning to Brazil: "Going back to Brazil, I'm excited to be in my home country and I have a lot of friends there, but I'm more excited about the team is moving forward in a good direction- everybody is so confident that we are doing things the right way and are moving in the right direction-that's what excites me the most. We'll be in the top 10 in the points with a strong car on the street courses. I'm sure we'll have a very good showing in Brazil again."
It will be better than last year because they had more time to work on it.
Meira on not having extra 30 minute practice: "Since we're in top 10 in points we can't run the first 30 minute practice and we don't get the benefit of one extra set of tires, and while that could certainly help us, I don't think it will hurt us not having it. So we have to be a little smarter about our time and tire management like we have been. I think we have enough experience we can overcome the lack of practice. I'm not complaining."
Challenges of racing in Brazil: "The track is a street course with very long straights so deciding on the level of downforce we put on the car will be very crucial. The track will be different from last year. The direction of the corners might be the same but it will be a different track -- the curbs will be different and it's been repaved. They also made turn 1 wider. It will be better than last year because they had more time to work on it."
Key to Success: "Unload the car close to what you think is comfortable. We don't have the Friday practices we just have two practices on Saturday, so there is not much time to go through the data before we have to qualify on the same day. I think the better the car is out of the box, the better we will do."
Last year at Sao Paulo: Meira started 16th and finished 3rd. Meira's early switch to slick tires following a downpour in the race proved to be a key factor in his podium finish.
Brad Eyes wins the Jim Greer Award of Excellence for the Grand Prix of Long Beach: Eyes won the award for working through several telemetry issues in the first two races of the year, resulting in a problem-free weekend at Long Beach. Eyes impressed "the Boss" with the contributions he has been able to make to the team through his analysis of the data he's monitoring. Jim Greer, longtime friend of A.J. Foyt, created the award to recognize outstanding performance at race events among the Foyt team members. The recipient, determined by team manager Craig Baranouski and crew chief Tom Howatt, receives a monetary bonus and his name (along with the race) engraved on a plaque which hangs in the AJ Foyt Racing Showroom.
ABC Supply returns for its seventh year as primary sponsor of A.J. Foyt's No. 14 with GAF signing on for another year on the car's engine cover.
Continuing its patriotic red, white and blue livery, the No. 14 ABC Supply car is sporting a new design which is meant to evoke the scheme of A.J. Foyt's 1961 Indy 500 winning car. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his first of four Indy 500 victories as a driver.