· Vitor Meira on the new track at Edmonton: “I’m happy to go back to Edmonton. For a while there we were a little bit in the dark on whether we’d return so I’m happy they pulled it off and made this race happen. It will be a brand new track for all of us, even though the surrounding area is the same, the track will be completely different so it might shake things up a little bit and it might be better for us.”
· Meira on challenges for a driver at a new tracks: “When you go to brand new tracks and it’s a street or airport course, normally you have on-board cameras from past races which help you analyze the track, and there are other people you can talk to about it, but in this case, it will be brand new for everybody. There are no parameters, we’ll be the first ones there—the track layout never had a race car on it so it will be a lot to take in. In the first session you have to try things and make sure you find your way quickly there—it will be key for the weekend. The quicker you find your way, the more you can focus on the car. You have to figure out braking points, gears, turn-ins, which curbs to use and which ones to avoid, how much speed to carry into this corner, and what is the best way to carry speed in—braking later or earlier? Finding your way around the course will be key to this weekend.”
· Honda To Power A.J. Foyt Racing in 2012: American Honda and its Honda Performance Development (HPD) subsidiary will power A.J. Foyt Racing in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, HPD and the team announced on July 19th. Under terms of the agreement, HPD will provide its new, turbocharged 2.2-liter Honda Indy V-6 engines to all Foyt entries in the Indianapolis 500 and the season-long IZOD IndyCar Series. (See entire press release at www.ajfoytracing.com).
· Meira on his first top five finish (5th) of the season in Toronto: “It was a very complicated race. I think everybody touched wheels at some point, everybody touched front wings to wheels from Dario to the last place car. There was confusion and there was trading paint going on constantly there for everyone, including us. I think we did a good job on the restarts and keeping our nose clean. No matter how you get there, a top five is a top five. And we were competitive.”
· This year, three of Meira’s four top-10 finishes (and now his first top-five) came on the road/street courses. Coming off a fifth place finish in Toronto, he finished eighth in St. Petersburg, Fla. and 10th in Birmingham, Ala. and Long Beach, Calif. An accident during a sudden downpour in Sao Paulo, Brazil prevented another top-10 finish there. Meira’s other top-10 came on an oval--in the first Twin 275 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Meira is currently 13th in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings with 171 points, three points shy of being in the top 10.
· Wade Crews won the Jim Greer Award for the Honda Indy Toronto. Crews is a veteran mechanic who changes the outside rear tire on the pit stops. Jim Greer, longtime friend of A.J. Foyt, created an award to recognize outstanding performance at race events among the Foyt team members. The recipient receives a monetary bonus and his name (and the race name) engraved on a plaque which hangs in the AJ Foyt Racing Showroom.
· Jet Set: Meira took a quick trip to Brazil where his young daughter Juliana (born on Easter) met her Brazilian relatives for the first time. Meira who left on Thursday (July 14th) and returned on Monday (July 18th) said the eight-hour flight from Miami to Brasilia was well worth it. His wife Adriana and family remained in Brazil.
· Past Performance at Edmonton: The Foyt team’s best finish at Edmonton – 10th-- came in 2008 with driver Darren Manning. Meira’s best finish (in two starts) is 16th (2010).
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